Moon Zappa Valley Girl

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Frank Zappa Daughter Moon Unit only "hit". A song turned cult-classic, 1982's "Valley Girl" Recorded 1982 Length 4:59 Genre New Wave, Avant-garde rock Label Barking Pumpkin Writer(s) Frank Zappa, Moon Zappa Producer Frank Zappa

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Andrés Rojas : This is like the "Let me take a selfie" from the 80's.

Shannen K : Like oh my God like gag me with a spoon.

Nick Carlson : And people still don't get that it's a satire to this day. *35 year long facepalm

John Mavroudis : I worked IN the Valley when this single came out. I was working at a Wherehouse record store IN THE MALL. So funny to see real Valley girls coming into the mall to buy that single... most of them thought it was a tribute. (Yes. We all had a good laugh... along with Zappa... at their expense.)

TheMabes69 : Ha ha ha...she is so smart. Notice how SHE dresses and looks in the video...quite intriguing. Frank didn't raise dummies...

Taylar Gatson : This song is so brilliant because its a song about nothing. also, the bass guitar line is catchy as hell

Beta MAX : Takes lots of Valley balls to lip-sync this song.

kookooboy : In retrospect, this song is actually sort of radical. At the time, I dismissed it as trendy and superficial--as hollow and devoid of substance as it's subject. But in hindsight, it's ahead of its time in a couple of ways. A "song" that is a 3 minute and 54 second monologue of a teenage girl gossiping in colloquial lingo. Also, Zappa's dark and subversive backing tracks add a contrast with the comedic vocals that totally lifts the song above the level of cheap parody. And if you think how much goofier Moon could have acted this out, you have to give her props for restraint!

GlobalTubeTruth : This is a song that needed to be created at the time, and nobody could have done it better than Zappa because he had the license on mock rock. He could mock anybody or anything, and make it cool.

biff van arsdale : One of the most rad songs,ever~ Moon Unit was awesome! Like a totally tubular trend setter, I'm so sure!

strav12 : So bitchin is the incredible bass line....totally!

Jesper Jansen : Damn, Moon was hot.

Matilda : ...Did she just mention S&M?

Douglasville Darling : I lived in Texas during the 80s and went to california to visit my cousins for summer vacation. I returned talking like this and shortly the song came out. People would call me a valley girl and I had no idea what they were talking about until I heard the song. Good times

thexalon : Like, oh my god, 40 people are, like, total space cadets. They saw this, and were like, barf out. (When this came out, a lot of the words and phrases in it were really unique to Val-speak, but now they aren't, mostly because of this song.)

ISamuelII : The valley guy was depicted perfectly in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" by Sean Penn. The surfer dude is the Valley girl in peroxide hair. I'm taliing about you KC Breen.

terrypussypower : The Zappa's, America's REAL "First Family" 

unlikeavirgin : She always reminded me of Justine Bateman

harry Hand : My name is Jamie,  I would love to go into a time machine please back to the 1980s.

kildare97 : Disappointing to see how some people fail to see that this is a work of satire, and that Frank Zappa was an intensely creative man who mastered everything.

John Harris : As I recall Frank asked Moon Unit to record something. Anything. There were some very annoying girls at her high school at the time that had an unusual vernacular. She mimicked them on tape just for fun. Frank, being the musical recording genius he was took it from there and turned it into a sensation. What began as a joke exploded into a phenomenon. Being a valley boy I can relate to it's popularity. References to the Galleria, Encino, Ventura and the rest resonated with me and my friends. As a guitarist I was already a Zappa fan but this moved him from an avante garde niche to the big time. I thought it was totally bitchin'.

Stiff Wit : This is one of those songs that always sounds new to me even if I've heard it a 10000 times.

HMCetc : I keep expecting "fetch" to be in there for some reason.

squidb8 : valley speak existed. What Frankie did was propagate what he considered to be cultural pollution

Robbie Yohn : I was the same age as Moon Unit Zappa back in 1982 and I remember the Valley Girl section at department stores. It had many girls buying minidresses and miniskirts and leggins and such. She was more popular than Madonna at the time. Madonna was just beginning. I feel Madonna truly borrowed from Pat Benatar's style though. Pat was really ahead of the game. She started the actual trend. But for the Valley Girl talk, that's been around before this song ever came out. I remember Valley Girl dictionaries and phrase books being sold at Waldenbooks (anyone who remembers that bookstore is giving out there age). It really was a fad that had millions of girls hooked!

Douglasville Darling : 80s ~valley girl, 90s~ barbie girl (being plastic, it's fantastic!)

Fat Harold : this is a train wreck you cant stop watching

Lady Jane : Oh man. Now I feel old. Way way back in the 80's, I wore those ruffled Laura Ashley dresses with the high necked collars, matching tights and heels. I never tried to speak valley though. A midwestern girl trying that always looked dumb. :)

Dana James : At the very least, you've got to love that wicked bass line.

Holly Cranfan : Square Pegs was another show with the valley girl style.  Tracy Nelson was  totally gnarly "like Oh My God!!  " :p

okrajoe : I'm sure. No way!

Nanoforge1 : God I miss the 80's.

FreewayBrent : So long before the Chainsmokers came out with the song, #selfie, there was this song and video.  LOL.  

CheGumby : listened to this (& only this) on the way from CA to Texas until the tape demagnitized

ieattofu68 : The Solid Gold Dancers were so over the top...but there are times I wish I had a group of attention grabbing back up dancers as I carry on my day...they would add that special something extra to my errands...things like checking the mail and taking out the trash would finally be an entertaining production where I am the star of the show! I would no longer need to seek out facebook for attention and I would be the hit of the neighborhood!

xiaomu : i just want some bitchin clothes

Marc Spector : Like OMG! Totally! LOL.

Mikkit : my friends ask me to say random stuff from this song because i sound like the girl...

vonskull : Can't believe they let her say BuFu on tv.

NoireFox : Hot 80s mess. 

DeShawn 'Dawg' BNBG : Sure I've seen all these girls on a 'vintage' Peter North cumshot compilation.....

PowerTuber 3.0 : Valley Girl Smart Phone @ 03:39

Rebecca Slavik : So, wait, was this, like, the "Do You Wanna Take a Selfie" of the 80's?  

anvilson : Great bass-playing.

Avraham Shekelstein : Wood bang.

holyfire3 : am I the only one that thinks it's kind of adorable how they both performed it together? daddy's girl, it's so cute.

CCRed95 : gag me with a spuuuhn

JimmyConway60 : Grody. Classic!!

reddevilparatrooper : Like "Totally Dude!"!LOL!