Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance

I have to admit I’m not particularly attracted to most non-Frank Zappa performances of FZ music, so I was more than a tad suspicious when Ed Palermo’s disc of big band arrangements of Zappa’s music landed on my desk. So much so that I’ve resisted listening to it until the very end of the year. It turned out to be the year’s final musical treat. We’re Only In It for The Money has always been my favorite Frank Zappa album, largely because he takes so many different stylistic turns on it and yet they all somehow sound inevitable. But Frank never considered turning the song “Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance” into salsa! That’s a simultaneous act of hubris and brilliance!

—FJO