Apostrophe (')

Release date
19 Jul 2005
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Don't Eat the Yellow Snow 2:05 109,919
2 Nanook Rubs It 4:37 65,539
3 St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast 1:50 34,572
4 Father O'Blivion 2:18 44,965
5 Cosmik Debris 4:16 97,417
6 Excentrifugal Forz 1:33 54,707
7 Apostrophe' 5:50 27,685
8 Uncle Remus 2:50 60,295
9 Stink-Foot 6:41 32,215

About this album

Apostrophe (‘) is an album by Frank Zappa, his eighteenth, released on April 22, 1974 in both stereo and quadraphonic formats. An edited version of its lead-off track, “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow”, was Zappa’s first chart single, reaching position 86. Apostrophe (‘) remains Zappa’s biggest commercial success in the US. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on April 7, 1976[1] and reached number 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.

Continuing from the commercial breakthrough of Over-Nite Sensation (1973), this album is a similar mix of short songs showcasing Zappa’s humor and musical arrangements. The record’s lyrical themes are often bizarre or obscure, with the exception of “Uncle Remus” which is an extension of Zappa’s feelings on racial disharmony featured on his earlier song “Trouble Every Day”.

The first half of the album loosely follows a continuing theme. “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” tells of a dream the singer had where he saw himself as an Eskimo named Nanook. A fur trapper comes up from behind Nanook’s igloo and begins to assault a baby seal. Nanook responds by rubbing yellow snow (that is, snow which had been urinated on by huskies) in his eyes, blinding him. The fur trapper remembers an ancient Eskimo legend (“Wherein it is written—on whatever it is that they write it on up there”) and travels to “the parish of St. Alfonzo”.

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