My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama

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This article is about the song. For the album, see My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama (album).
"My Guitar"
Single by The Mothers of Invention
from the album Weasels Ripped My Flesh
B-side "Dog Breath"
Released 1969
Format 7"
Recorded June 1969
Genre Hard rock, comedy rock, experimental rock
Length 3:07
Label Bizarre, Reprise
Writer(s) Frank Zappa
Producer(s) Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa singles chronology
"My Guitar"
"Peaches en Regalia"
"The Central Scrutinizer"
Song by Frank Zappa from the album Joe's Garage
Released September 3, 1979
Genre Comedy rock
Length 3:28
Label Zappa
Writer(s) Frank Zappa
Producer(s) Frank Zappa
Joe's Garage track listing
"The Central Scrutinizer"
"Joe's Garage"

"My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama" is a song written by Frank Zappa and originally recorded by The Mothers of Invention in 1969. The song was included on their 1970 album Weasels Ripped My Flesh, an LP that included various recordings by the band from 1967 to 1969. It was also released as a single on the Bizarre and Reprise labels as "My Guitar." Despite the more conventional naming, "My Guitar" did not chart.

The single version of the song was recorded in June 1969 and differs from the Weasels Ripped My Flesh recording. The album version features a longer break before the second verse is reprised, and is roughly half a minute longer. A shorter edit of the single version has been released on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5. "The Central Scrutinizer," the spoken-word track that opens Act I of Joe's Garage, began as an updated version of "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama." The two songs' chord progressions are identical.[1]

His son Dweezil Zappa's 1988 solo album is named after the song and contains a cover of it, both as a tribute to his father. An a cappella version of the song is included on The Persuasions' 2000 Frank Zappa tribute album, "Frankly A Capella: The Persuasions Sing Zappa." The song was also covered by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Eric Johnson on the 1996 G3 tour.[2]

The song is featured in the Daria season two episode "That Was Then, This is Dumb."

Track list[edit]

1. "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama" - 3:07
2. "Dog Breath" - 2:56 [3]


  1. ^ "Zappa". 1978-06-14. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  2. ^ "The Mothers of Invention / Frank Zappa : My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama : Composed by Frank Zappa". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  3. ^ "The Mothers Of Invention* - My Guitar (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-10-02.