The Mothers of Invention
Over-nite Sensation


4.0
excellent

Review

by skeletal USER (68 Reviews)
June 7th, 2013 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can Zappa prove to be an Over-nite Sensation? I figure the odds be fifty-fifty...

In the massive discography of Frank Zappa, stuff of comedic influence with touches of jazz and avant-garde music is highly common, with the subject matter of his albums spanning from simple instrumentals to rock operas about black-faced stage actors and sex dolls. Obscenity and bizarre events are the norm. With “Over-nite Sensation”, it features obscene lyrics and is bizzare, but for a different reason than usual. In this third and final incarnation of The Mothers of Invention, “Sensation” is highly accessible from first listen unlike the rest of M.O.I.’s discography while keeping the raunchy and quirky lyrics ever present while criticizing the culture of the then-present day. And with the backing vocals of Tina Turner and the Ikettes, and the support of the late Ricky Lancelotti on vocals for “Fifty -Fifty” and “Zomby Woof”.

With “Camarillo Brillo”, “Dirty Love”, and “Dinah-Moe Humm”, the subject matter is about sexual situations, with “Dirty Love” being about intercourse with a poodle, while “Dinah-Moe Humm” is about the narrator’s attempts to make the titular character orgasm. Meanwhile, “I’m the Slime” openly criticizes the media and how it controls one’s actions and mindset: "Your mind is totally controlled, it has been stuffed into my mold, and you will do as you are told until the rights to you are sold." The latter half of “Sensation”, like the first half, incorporates the funk-oriented rhythms of “Dirty Love” and “Fifty-Fifty”, with the presence of Tina Turner and the Ikettes increased. “Montana”, the highlight of “Over-nite Sensation”, focuses on the tale of a man who moves to Montana to grow and profit off of dental floss, in which he has a profound affinity for dental floss.

Overall, “Over-nite Senstion” makes for an excellent record, while having a saddening outcome as well. Lancelotti would have a falling out with Zappa not long after the recording of this album and after an incident where Lancelotti showed up to rehearsals intoxicated, Lancelotti would refuse to go on tour, accusing Zappa of using him only to learn how to sing. Lancelotti would die from injuries sustained in a car accident in 1980. He was 32. Even with the rarely-known legacy that Lancelotti left behind, his efforts on “Over-nite Sensation” are truly remarkable, and with the influence of Zappa, helped make the album become one of Zappa’s most eccentric, making for a fun and interesting listen.



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Chrisjon89
June 7th 2013


3833 Comments


The Tina Turner on backing vocals? wow that's news to me. gonna check this next as far as Zappa material goes - i got The Grand Wazoo last week.

DrGonzo1937
June 7th 2013


10867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd



Good review.

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2013


8921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Keep 'em coming Frip. Great album, Dirty Love and Montana are my favorites from this one.



Sweet review too, pos.

Digging: The Gathering - TG25: Live at Doornroosje

oltnabrick
June 7th 2013


33906 Comments


or noooooooooot

Digging: Hijokaidan - Made in Studio

Jips
June 7th 2013


1139 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I enjoyed this review. Clever phrasing throughout.



This was the first Zappa record I got into and still one of my favorites.

dannyboy89
June 7th 2013


13326 Comments


Nice review. Feels a tad like a tbt, but good job all the same. Pos'd.

ButteryBiscuitBass
September 10th 2013


10902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I AINT GONNA SING YOU NO LOVE SONG HOW MY HEART IS ALL SORE!

DrGonzo1937
September 10th 2013


10867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is definitely one of Zappa's easiest listens.

Yazz_Flute
December 29th 2013


18933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Zomby Woof is so good

DrGonzo1937
December 29th 2013


10867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am the Slime is a dirty little fucker too.

mark7477
March 14th 2014


411 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I respect the overall musicianship not to mention the whole fusion of styles heard on this album..However the songs itself don't really do that much for me except for a few good moments moments on occasion.

tef
June 5th 2014


78 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review! I'm The Slime's guitar solo is amazing, as is the rest of the album. Classic.

smaugman
August 23rd 2015


975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I love Montana

MrSirLordGentleman
November 30th 2015


7976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fifty/Fifty is tits

Frippertronics
November 30th 2015


6912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow this review is bad

MrSirLordGentleman
November 30th 2015


7976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ur mama

MrSirLordGentleman
November 30th 2015


7976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh wait u wrote this lol

Frippertronics
November 30th 2015


6912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

making yourself look like a fool since 2013 congrats

MrSirLordGentleman
November 30th 2015


7976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

u still love me



It is probably the same feel I have about my Yezda Urfa review

Frippertronics
November 30th 2015


6912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you'd be right about one of those



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