Suzy Creamcheese

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The Freak Out! back cover. The small text reads: "These Mothers are crazy. You can tell by their clothes. One guy wears beads and they all smell bad. We were gonna get them for a dance after the basketball game but my best pal warned me you can never tell how many will show up...sometimes the guy in the fur coat doesn't show up and sometimes he does show up only he brings a big bunch of crazy people with him and they dance all over the place. None of the kids at my school like these Mothers... specially since my teacher told us what the words to their songs meant.
Sincerely forever,
Suzy Creamcheese
Salt Lake City, Utah."

Suzy Creamcheese was a fictional vocalist and character on and in a number of albums by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. On the album Freak Out! (which features a "letter" from Suzy Creamcheese on the back cover), Suzy Creamcheese was played by Jeannie Vassoir; on Absolutely Free and Mothermania it was Lisa Cohen; and on We're Only in It for the Money and Uncle Meat it was Pamela Zarubica.

As an indication of the surreal nature of the running Suzy Creamcheese gag in Frank Zappa's work the following from "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet" may give a little clue:

Male voice: Suzy?
Female voice: Yes?
Male voice: Suzy Creamcheese?
Female voice: Yes?
Male voice: This is the voice of your conscience baby ... uh, I just want to check one thing out with you ... you don't mind, do ya?
Female voice: What?
Male voice: Suzy Creamcheese, honey, what's got into ya?

Zappa claims that in a 1967 tour in Europe, some fans asked him if Suzy toured with them. Because of that, Zappa used Zarubica as Suzy in that tour.[1]

The track "Requiem For Suzy Creamcheese" appears on the vinyl LP Psychedelia — A Musical Light Show by The Mesmerizing Eye (Smash Records MGS-27090).

The band Teddy & His Patches recorded a track called "Suzy Creamcheese" which contains a remake of the intro to "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet." It has appeared on several garage rock and psychedelic rock compilations such as Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965–1970, Pebbles, Volume 3, Trash Box, and Acid Dreams.

A 1960s-1970s Las Vegas boutique named for the character is mentioned in the film Casino when Jennifer Santoro tells Sharon Stone's character Ginger about an article of clothing in the shop.

References

  1. ^ Zappa, Frank. Interview. KBEY-FM, Kansas City, MO. October 22, 1971.