Them or Us

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All Music Guide - François Couture
Released in October 1984, Them or Us is Frank Zappa's last studio rock album (unless one counts Thing-Fish). It contains a little of everything for everyone, but most of all it has that cold and dry early-'80s feel that made this and other albums like The Man From Utopia and Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention sound dated pretty quickly. The record begins and ends with covers. "The Closer You Are" is one of those '50s R&B tunes the man loved so much. As for the Allman Brothers' "Whippin' Post," it answered a request from an audience member in Helsinki back in 1974 (go figure). In between one finds the usual offensive lyrics -- the cliché-ridden "In France,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
Released in October 1984, Them or Us is Frank Zappa's last studio rock album (unless one counts Thing-Fish). It contains a little of everything for everyone, but most of all it has that cold and dry early-'80s feel that made this and other albums like The Man From Utopia and Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention sound dated pretty quickly. The record begins and ends with covers. "The Closer You Are" is one of those '50s R&B tunes the man loved so much. As for the Allman Brothers' "Whippin' Post," it answered a request from an audience member in Helsinki back in 1974 (go figure). In between one finds the usual offensive lyrics -- the cliché-ridden "In France," the sexually explicit "Baby, Take Your Teeth Out." Crunchy guitars are found in "Ya Hozna" and "Stevie's Spanking" (named after Steve Vai, playing guitar in it, too), arguably one of Zappa's best straightforward rock songs from that period. "Sinister Footwear II" and "Marqueson's Chicken" represent an '80s update of complex instrumental pieces the likes of "RDNZL." "Planet of My Dreams" salvages a bit from the never-produced stage play Hunchentoot (the scenario of which was incidentally published in a book titled Them or Us released at the same time). Finally, "Be in My Video" mocks David Bowie's hit "Let's Dance" and the MTV generation, still in its infancy stage at the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2003
  • Label: Vido Arts
  • EAN: 4988112413542
  • Catalog Number: 1255

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Zappa Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Steve Vai Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Rhythm, Soloist, Fills
Dweezil Zappa Guitar, Soloist
George Duke Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Bobby Martin Harmonica, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Falssetist, Vocal Harmony
Ed Mann Percussion
Chad Wackerman Drums, Vocals
Ike Willis Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Arthur Barrow Bass
Napoleon Murphy Brock Saxophone, Vocals, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Brad Cole Piano
Roy Estrada Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Harmony
Bob Harris Keyboards, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Thana Harris Vocals, Harmony
Tommy Mars Keyboards, Vocals, Soloist
Patrick O'Hearn Bass, Wind
Scott Thunes Synthesizer, Bass, Vocals, Mini Moog
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Guitar, Vocals
Ray White Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Moon Unit Zappa Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Stone Engineer
Frank Zappa Arranger, Producer
Mark Pinske Engineer
Gabrielle Raumberger Artwork, Graphic Design
John Matousek Mastering
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