Disco Boy

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"Disco Boy"
Single by Frank Zappa
from the album Zoot Allures
B-side"Ms. Pinky, Bird Walk"
Length5:11, 5:28
LabelWarner Bros.
  • Frank Zappa
  • Jeff Simmons
Producer(s)Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa singles chronology
"Find Her Finer"
"Disco Boy"
"Dancin' Fool"

Disco Boy is a single composed by musician Frank Zappa from his 1976 album Zoot Allures. It was featured on Frank Zappa's best of album Strictly Commercial.[1][2]

A sped-up version of the song appears in both the film Baby Snakes and its subsequent soundtrack, as well as best of album Son of Cheap Thrills.

Structure and meaning[edit]

The song's structure is similar-sounding to previous work by Zappa. However, in this particular song, Zappa satirically added a more pop feel to it to go along with the theme of the song. The song addresses the stereotypes affiliated with the disco era. The vain tone of the song is set by the lyrics, "Leave his hair alone, but you can kiss his comb." The lyrics, "Disco boy, do the bump every night, 'til the disco girl who's really right, gonna fall for your line, and feed you a box full of Chicken Delight" indicate that the disco boy is not looking for love, but just a one-night stand. The lyric "but thank the lord that you still got hands, to help you do that jerkin' that'll blot out your disco sorrow" alludes to his lust for the disco girl and that when he loses her, he can always simply masturbate. Besides disco, this song is also a commentary on Zappa's dislike of men who find themselves irresistible to women.[2][3]

Rykodisc CD release[edit]

When put onto Rykodisc, the vocal on "Disco Boy" was mixed differently and the three second drum machine intro was cut.

Track list[edit]

Version 1:

A."Disco Boy" - 5:28
B."Ms. Pinky" - 3:40 [2]

Version 2:

A."Disco Boy" - 5:28
B."Bird Man" (Herbie Mann) - 3:40 [1]


  1. ^ a b "Frank Zappa / Herbie Mann - Disco Boy / Bird Walk (Vinyl) at Discogs". discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  2. ^ a b c "Disco Boy - Frank Zappa | Listen, Appearances, Song Review | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  3. ^ Lowe, K.F. (2006). The Words and Music of Frank Zappa. Praeger. p. 129. ISBN 9780275987794. Retrieved 2015-06-24.