The Mothers of Invention
Over-nite Sensation


4.0
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Review

by nig USER (37 Reviews)
June 7th, 2013 | 14 replies | 1,674 views


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

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

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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.

“Over-nite Sensation” marks the triumphant return of both The Mothers and Zappa after his accident at the Rainbow Theatre not long before the previous breakup of the Mothers.

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



2976 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.

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Frippertronics
June 7th 2013



4433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, she isn't too bad. Ike didn't like it though, and notably said "What is this shit?". He also asked Zappa to pay the Ikettes $25 per song, and asked for Tina and the Ikettes to not be credited. Despite that, it's one of my favorites.

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DrGonzo1937
June 7th 2013



3380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd

Good review.

manosg
June 7th 2013



4713 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.

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oltnabrick
June 7th 2013



29282 Comments


or noooooooooot

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Jips
June 7th 2013



1127 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



8087 Comments


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

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ButteryBiscuitBass
September 10th 2013



8735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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

DrGonzo1937
September 10th 2013



3380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is definitely one of Zappa's easiest listens.

Yazz_Flute
December 29th 2013



18739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Zomby Woof is so good

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DrGonzo1937
December 29th 2013



3380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am the Slime is a dirty little fucker too.

Frippertronics
December 29th 2013



4433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just got the 2013 vinyl remaster, it sounds even better. even comes with a nice poster too.

mark7477
March 14th 2014



389 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.

Frippertronics
March 14th 2014



4433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, It is a bit hard to take, despite it being probably his most accessible LP.



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