Moon Zappa: "Valley Girl"


27 Responses to “Moon Zappa: "Valley Girl"”

  1. MrWednesday7 says:

    “gag me with a spoon” LOL

  2. Boundegar says:

    I don’t get why her outfit is so completely different from the dancers.  Is she the valley girl, or are they?

    • MonkeyBoy says:

       She was 14 at the time and maybe the networks or her father had enough class then not to sexualize her.

      (I met her around 1990 and found her much more attractive as an adult than a teenager – as opposed to a common pattern in Hollywood where cute female child stars often grow up to be bland cows.).

  3. Glen Able says:

    She’s only 14 or 15 in that clip, I think?  I believe it was also her singing “I don’t want nobody to shoot me in the foxhole” a couple of years earlier on her dad’s You Are What You Is.

    Most recently, I spotted her name in the Curb Your Enthusiasm credits – she played that helpful, mysterious burka’d Muslim woman.

  4. Kelly M says:

    This really did penetrate culture.  There are whole segments of middle-class white girls who talk this way.

    Anyway, my favorite Solid Gold non-sequitor WTF was the Plasmatics:

  5. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    So very very 80s

  6. 20thCenturyVole says:

    Which was she, MU1 or MU2? Dweezil was the other.

  7. isaacb2 says:

    and by “perform” you mean “lip sync”

    • yupgiboy says:

      And? You say that like it’s a bad thing. It was common practice then and had been for years. This performance was promoting a single release and not a concert tour. It makes prefect sense to lip sync to the single that record company was promoting. I don’t know why more people don’t understand that.

  8. Lucy Gothro says:

    The preview on the main page is for Super Sylvia…?

  9. devophill says:

    Wow, I didn’t know you could say “Lord God King BuFu” on national television! They didn’t even bleep it.

  10. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I’ve just realized that, despite hearing the song quoted for 30 years, this is the first time that I’ve ever heard it.

  11. Jamaica says:

    Ok, fine…for sure for sure.

  12. Pat Eisel says:

    Honestly, this just isn’t good. It’s bad. And by bad, I mean it sucks. It’s embarrassing for every one of those performers. I feel abused and a little sick after watching it. A Zappa family low point at best.

  13. noah django says:

    I remember this being on the radio when I was maybe 6 and the subsequent trend of Val-speak, tshirts, stickers etc.  what I didn’t get until now is how Moon is not championing valley girls, she’s pointing out how vapid the whole phenomenon is.  or at least, that’s my interpretation.  it’s pretty meta, but if I’m correct, it’s probably one of the all-time biggest backfires

  14. wilberfan says:

    You’ve gotta hand it to the director–they had to fill a lot of ‘visual time’ since Moon wasn’t singing (speaking) the entire time.   And, yes, Moon (and Dad) are mocking this entire subculture…

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