The Torture Never Stops (song)

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"The Torture Never Stops"
Song by Frank Zappa
from the album Zoot Allures
Recorded 1976
Genre Blues rock
Length 9:45
Songwriter(s) Frank Zappa

"The Torture Never Stops" is a song by Frank Zappa from the 1976 album Zoot Allures. Other versions appear on Zappa in New York, Thing-Fish, You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1, You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4, The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life, Cheap Thrills, Buffalo, Philly '76, and Hammersmith Odeon.

Zappa played "The Torture Never Stops" in concert from 1975 to 1978, in 1981[1][2] and again in 1988.[3][4]

The song debuted in 1975 as "Why Doesn't Somebody Get Him a Pepsi?" though few of the instrument parts were similar to the album version.[5] Critics have written that while performing the song, Zappa comes off as calm yet passive-aggressive.[6] Michel Delville, in his essay Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the Secret History of Maximalism contrasted the tone of "The Torture Never Stops" with Brian Eno's album Ambient 1: Music for Airports.[7]

"Rat Tomago"
Song by Frank Zappa
from the album Sheik Yerbouti
Recorded 1978
Genre Rock, Instrumental rock
Length 5:17
Songwriter(s) Frank Zappa

Rat Tomago[edit]

A live solo from the song, called "Rat Tomago", was put on the 1979 album Sheik Yerbouti. Like "The Torture Never Stops", it contains the same basic structure, bass line, and female moaning. "Rat Tomago" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1979, but lost.[8]


Studio version


  1. ^ "MTV Halloween Palladium show". Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  2. ^ Steve Sparx (2010-01-12), Frank Zappa LIVE The Torture Never Stops 1981, retrieved 2016-04-09 
  3. ^ "The Torture Never Stops – Frank Zappa | Song Info | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  4. ^ "Frank Zappa Biography (1940–1993)". Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  5. ^ Captain Beefheart. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857122346. 
  6. ^ Lowe, Kelly Fisher (2007-01-01). The Words and Music of Frank Zappa. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0803260059. 
  7. ^ "Présentation – Centre Interdisciplinaire de Poétique Appliquée" (PDF). Centre Interdisciplinaire de Poétique Appliquée (in French). Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  8. ^ "Rat Tomago – Frank Zappa | Song Info | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-09.