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Frank Zappa

Camarillo Brillo

  • Rock
  • Space
  • Musical
  • Progressive Rock
  • Comedy
song from
  • 1973
  • 1978
  • 1974
  • 1967
  • 1995

“Camarillo Brillo” is a song by Frank Zappa and was first included on his 1973 LP Over-Nite Sensation. The song’s lyrics make use of many colloquialisms and made-up words. The title itself is a pun; Zappa incorrectly pronounces Camarillo, the name of a city in California, to rhyme with Brillo, a trade name associated with cleaning pads. “Brio” is also a musical term meaning “vigor”. Camarillo is also the name of a mental institution in Southern California, usually pronounced the way Zappa sings it. It’s likely that a “Camarillo Brillo” is a hairstyle that resembles that of a mental patient who has recently received Electro-Shock Therapy. In Italian language, “ Camarillo “ means “ member of a Camarilla, ( something like a lobby), and Brillo means “ Drunk”... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ She had gray-green skin ... A doll with a pin ... I told her she was awright

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