|Studio album by The Mothers|
|Released||September 7, 1973|
|Recorded||March 19 – June 1, 1973, at Bolic Sound, Inglewood and Whitney Studios, Glendale|
|Genre||Progressive rock, comedy rock, hard rock, jazz fusion, funk rock|
|Frank Zappa chronology|
|The Mothers of Invention chronology|
|Singles from Over-Nite Sensation|
Over-Nite Sensation is the seventeenth studio album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. Released on September 7, 1973, it was followed by Zappa's solo album Apostrophe (') (1974), which was recorded during the same sessions. This is Official Release #17.
Frank Zappa wanted to use backup singers on the songs "I'm the Slime", "Dirty Love", "Zomby Woof", "Dinah-Moe Humm" and "Montana". His road manager suggested The Ikettes, and Ike & Tina Turner were contacted. Ike Turner insisted that Zappa pay the singers, including Tina Turner, no more than $25 per song. During the recording sessions, Tina brought Ike into the studio to hear one of her recordings with Zappa. Ike listened to the tape and responded "What is this shit?" before leaving the studio. Ike later insisted that Zappa would not credit the Ikettes on the released album.
The recording sessions which produced Over-Nite Sensation also produced Zappa's followup, Apostrophe (') (1974), released as a solo album rather than a Mothers of Invention release. This is Official Release #17.
Music and lyrics
Many of the album's lyrics deals with sexual intercourse. "Dinah-Moe Humm" describes a woman, who wagers that the narrator can't give her an orgasm, and is ultimately aroused by watching him have sex with her sister. Sexuality, however, is not the sole focus of the album's lyrics, as "I'm the Slime" criticizes television shows, which are described as "vile and pernicious", brainwashing their audiences into eating the processed food advertised in their commercials and shaping their thinking into the pattern required by the government. "Montana" describes moving to Montana to grow dental floss.
The cover was done by Dave McMacken as somewhat in vein of Salvador Dalí's surreal imagery depicting a two-headed man sitting on a waterbed in a Holiday Inn hotel room surrounded by various objects like a Mothers backstage pass and a television set showing Zappa's face with slime oozing out of it. The entire painting is depicted in a frame showing many sexual acts.
The album initially received mixed reviews due to its lyrical content, which some critics found puerile. Rolling Stone magazine disliked the album, describing Zappa as a "spent force", and saying that his best work had been recorded with earlier incarnations of the Mothers. New Musical Express said that the album was "not one of Frank's most outstanding efforts." Robert Christgau gave the album a C, asking "where's the serious stuff?"
Later reviews evaluated the album far better, with Allmusic writer Steve Huey writing, "Love it or hate it, Over-Nite Sensation was a watershed album for Frank Zappa, the point where his post-'60s aesthetic was truly established". Kelly Fisher Lowe, in The Words and Music of Frank Zappa, wrote that "Over-Nite and Apostrophe (') are important [...] as a return to Mothers of Invention form and as close to traditional pop albums as Zappa would ever come."
The lines "She was buns-up kneelin' / Buns up! / I was wheelin an' dealin'" from "Dinah-Moe Humm" are quoted (as "So there she was / buns up and kneelin' / I was wheelin' and a-dealin'") on 'Girl Keeps Coming Apart', on Aerosmith's Permanent Vacation.
All songs written and composed by Frank Zappa.
|2.||"I'm the Slime"||3:35|
- Frank Zappa – guitar, vocals on all tracks except "Fifty-Fifty" and most of "Zomby Woof"
- Kin Vassy – vocals on "I'm the Slime", "Dinah-Moe Humm" and "Montana"
- Ricky Lancelotti – vocals on "Fifty-Fifty" and "Zomby Woof"
- Sal Marquez – trumpet, vocals on "Dinah-Moe Humm"
- Ian Underwood – clarinet, flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
- Bruce Fowler – trombone
- Ruth Underwood – percussion, marimba, vibraphone
- Jean-Luc Ponty – violin, baritone violin
- George Duke – synthesizer, keyboards
- Tom Fowler – bass
- Ralph Humphrey – drums
- Tina Turner and the Ikettes – backing vocals (uncredited)
- Production staff
- Producer: Frank Zappa
- Engineers: Fred Borkgren, Steve Desper, Terry Dunavan, Barry Keene, Bob Stone
- Remixing: Kerry McNabb
- Arranger: Frank Zappa
- Technician: Paul Hof
- Cover design: Ferenc Dobronyi
- Illustrations: Cover - David B. McMacken, Inside - Cal Schenkel
Album - Billboard (North America)
- Miles, Barry (September 2005). "Zappa: A Biography". ISBN 9780802142153.
- Lowe, Kelly Fisher (2007). "The Words and Music of Frank Zappa". ISBN 0803260059.
- Huey, S. (2011). "Over-Nite Sensation - Frank Zappa & the Mothers | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Christgau, R. (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 4155". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 21 July 2011.