My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama

My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama
"My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama"
Single by The Mothers of Invention
from the album Weasels Ripped My Flesh
B-side "Dog Breath"
Released 1969
Format Single
Recorded June 1969
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:07
Label Bizarre, Reprise
Writer(s) Frank Zappa
Producer Frank Zappa
"The Central Scrutinizer"
Song by Frank Zappa from the album Joe's Garage
Released September 3, 1979
Genre Comedy rock
Length 3:28
Label Zappa
Writer Frank Zappa
Producer Frank Zappa
Joe's Garage track listing
"The Central Scrutinizer"
"Joe's Garage"

"My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama" is a song written by Frank Zappa and originally recorded by The Mothers of Invention in 1969. The song was included on 1970's Weasels Ripped My Flesh, a compilation LP of sorts that included various recordings by the band from 1967 to 1969. It was also released as a single on the Bizarre and Reprise labels as "My Guitar." Despite the more conventional naming, "My Guitar" did not chart.

The single version of the song was recorded in June 1969 and differs from the Weasels Ripped My Flesh recording. The album version features a longer break before the second verse is reprised, and is roughly half a minute longer. A shorter edit of the single version has been released on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5.

An a capella version of the song is included on The Persuasions' 2000 Frank Zappa tribute album, "Frankly A Capella: The Persuasions Sing Zappa."

The song was also covered by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Eric Johnson on the 1996 G3 tour.

"The Central Scrutinizer," the spoken-word track that opens Act I of Joe's Garage, began as an updated version of "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama." The two songs' chord progressions are identical.[1]


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