Monday, February 4, 2008

50. FRANK ZAPPA: Cheap Thrills (Analysis/MIDI) (2:50)

Cheap Thrills
LYRICS
Other Official Versions:

Greasy Love Songs (2010)


A wonderful 8-bar introduction consists of two repetitions of a slow I-vi-IV-V pattern in A Major...

The tempo doubles, and a four bar intro of I - IV6/4 - I7 - IV6/4 - I - IV6/4 - I7 - IV6/4 leads to the first verse.

Let's take a look at the construction of the 12 verses (including fade). There are two slightly different constructions of the 8-bar phrases which make up the regular verses (A) and "Cheap Thrills"-only verses (B).

(A): I - IV6/4 - I7 - IV6/4 - I - IV6/4 - I7- IV6/4 - I - IV6/4 - I7 - IV6/4 - I - bVII - I -bVII

(B): I - IV6/4 - I7 - IV6/4 - I - IV6/4 - I7- IV6/4 - I - IV6/4 - I7 - IV6/4 - I - IV6/4 - I7 - IV6/4

Note the two bars which complete the (A) phrase of I - bVII! This is beginning to show up quite regularly in TCWOFZª, always tastefully done! Notice also how FZ varies the presentation of the verses. Verses 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 9 are regular verses. Verses 3, 5, 7, 10, 11 and 12 are "Cheap Thrills"-only verses.

Verse 1: A
Verse 2: A
Verse 3: B
Verse 4: A
Verse 5: B
Verse 6: A
Verse 7: B
Verse 8: A
Verse 9: A
Verse 10: B
Verse 11: B
Verse 12: B

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ª "The Complete Works of Frank Zappa"

Cheap Thrills (MIDI by LS) (2:50)


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