zdbd – You Didn’t Try to Call Me

A lost-love song featuring impressively quick vocals on the title part, and inventive patterns throughout. The sparse production supports the main vocal line with heavy, warm bass and a rocky beat. This tune has a rare absence of vibraphone, focusing instead on an authentic early rock ‘n’ roll sound, which is counteracted by the injection of instrumental orchestration as the chorus grows, which brings more life to the production as the song progresses.

The bridge has rich vocals and builds the tension with the orchestra before dropping back to a stripped-down theme, resonating all the more when the chorus returns with Mexican-style trumpet behind it and a lush, big band.

Zappa’s nasal-voice character breaks in again for the outro, as though this song continues directly on from Wowie Zowie, though his love has now been spurned. His complaints about ‘going steady’ summon images of cruising in the 50s as the song fades away.

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