Does Humor Belong in Music? (album)

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Does Humor Belong in Music?
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Live album by Frank Zappa
Released January 27, 1986
May 16, 1995 (reissue)
Recorded October 8, 1984 December 23, 1984
Genre Comedy rock, hard rock, progressive rock, art rock
Length 61:41
Label EMI
Producer Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
Does Humor Belong in Music?
The Old Masters Box II
Alternative cover
Cover for the 1995 reissue, by Cal Schenkel.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Does Humor Belong in Music? is a live album by Frank Zappa. This is Official Release #45.


The only authorized (by Zappa) EMI CD, It features concert recordings from October–December 1984. It was the first album by Zappa to be released on CD only (although it was bootlegged on vinyl for listeners who did not own CD players).[2] In 1995, it was reissued by Rykodisc in an extremely remixed form, with significantly improved dynamic range and new artwork. The 1995 edition includes an extra minute of percussion effects during "Let's Move to Cleveland" that had been excised from the EMI edition.

A home video (later reissued on DVD) of the same name was released. "Zoot Allures", "Tinsel Town Rebellion", "Trouble Every Day" and "Whipping Post" appear on both, but are different performances. Fragments of "Hot-Plate Heaven" also appear in the video (with only the verses of the song left intact). The cover art of the original CD release and video release, however, are the same.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Frank Zappa except as noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Zoot Allures"   5:26
2. "Tinsel-Town Rebellion"   4:44
3. "Trouble Every Day"   5:31
4. "Penguin in Bondage"   6:45
5. "Hot-Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel"   6:43
6. "What's New in Baltimore"   4:48
7. "Cock-Suckers' Ball" (traditional, arr. Frank Zappa) 1:05
8. "WPLJ" (Ray Dobard) 1:31
9. "Let's Move to Cleveland"   15:43
10. "Whipping Post" (Gregg Allman) 8:23



  1. ^ Couture, F. (2011). "Does Humor Belong in Music? - Frank Zappa | AllMusic". Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Info for Does Humor Belong in Music? at the Zappa Patio