Cosmik Debris (4:16)

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Cosmik Debris is a song by American composer Frank Zappa, from his 1974 album Apostrophe (‘).

It concerns the Mystery Man, a typical guru or psychic, offering to help the narrator reach Nirvana for a “nominal service charge,” and the narrator’s refusal to buy into his act, “Look here, brother, who you jiving with that cosmik debris?” When the Mystery Man gets pushy, Zappa as the narrator tells how he snatched the crystal ball, hypnotized the Mystery Man, stole his stuff and blew his mind.

The song was popular on the Dr. Demento Show in the 70’s, and in Zappa’s concerts, with memorable guitar solos from Zappa, also featuring George Duke on keyboard and Napoleon Murphy Brock on sax.


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The mystery man came over
And he said "I'm outta sight!"
He said for a nominal service charge
I could reach nirvana tonight

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  • mandryka

    Don't you know? You can make more money as a butcher!

    19 Apr 1:35am Reply
  • Papageorge21

    Love It !!

    4 Apr 9:00pm Reply
  • rockandrolljoe


    15 Feb 2:05pm Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    @nicorebel He let his musicians do drugs, just not during performances.

    31 Jan 5:08pm Reply
  • Jaime_Bingre

    Great music and even better musicians! @DCeclectic Yes, it is George Duke.

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • DCeclectic

    is that George Duke in the video?!

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    Zappa would let no one in his band to play under the influence. He wanted everyone to be on their game.

    19 Jun 2014 Reply
  • woodygunge2


    2 May 2014 Reply
  • thclizard

    This is a fucking mega-jam right here!

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • thclizard

    Zappa was the man. Some of hte best music to ever be played. He was a genius in many ways, not just musically. Love watching his old interviews about 1st amendment rights. REALLY GREAT STUFF!

    12 Feb 2014 Reply

    ZAP ON!!!!!!!!

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Diverman2010

    reply:nicorebel Did he do drugs. or was his wish to have everyone, including himself to be purely expressive, without drugs? A challenge, to be sure, but it would really help strengthen the mind, and create an exploratory sensory experience. That's my opinion, at the very least, per regards to the vision of a mental landscape, affecting the imagination in a positive and nurturing way.

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    Apparantly his band were not allowed to take drugs in his presence.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply


    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    There will never be another even remotely close.

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • bri65

    Frank Zappa = Musical Genius. Musically, lyrically, there is hardly any equal to him.

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • petross85

    Best Band You've Never Heard version is great :)

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Ennish

    The swagger in this song is unbeatable.

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • appidydafoo

    shannnty, indubitably (:

    2 Nov 2012 Reply


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