Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
by Frank Zappa
Released: May 1982
Label: Zappa Records
Zappa going New Wave -- which is what Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch is all about -- might seem like an odd move for the veteran freak. Then again, the new wave's post-modern celebration of American kitsch and trash culture is something Zappa was exploring as far back as the late '60s. He even scored a minor hit with "Valley Girl." It's a pretty awesome song for two key reasons: (1) It sounds like Sparks, and (2) it features his daughter Moon Unit mocking the shopping-mall chicks at her high school. She unloads some real zingers, including the classic "Gag me with a spoon!"