"Chunga's Revenge" by Frank Zappa Is Released
Chunga's Revenge is an album by Frank Zappa, released on October 23, 1970.
Zappa's first effort of the 1970s marks the first appearance of former Turtles members Flo & Eddie on a Zappa record, and signals the dawn of a controversial epoch in Zappa's history (this era is both hated and loved by Zappa fans in equal measure). Chunga's Revenge represents a shift from both the satirical political commentary of his 1960s work with The Mothers of Invention, and the jazz fusion of Hot Rats.
The material presented on Chunga's Revenge is eclectic; there are two guitar jams ("Transylvania Boogie" and the title track), a bluesy amble ("Road Ladies"), a jazz interlude ("Twenty Small Cigars", culled from the Hot Rats sessions), an Avant-Garde live improvisation (the multi part "The Nancy and Mary Music", which is in truth an excerpt from King Kong), and several poppy numbers ("Tell Me You Love Me", "Would You Go All the Way?", "Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink", "Sharleena"). The vocal tracks all deal with the subject of sex and/or groupie encounters, and, as Zappa notes on the sleeve of both the vinyl and CD, are a preview of the (then forthcoming) 200 Motels film/album. (Parts of this album were intended to grace the film, but did not make the final cut).
Supposedly, the title track is a song about a small industrial Gypsy vacuum sweeper.