On October 18, 1984.

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On October 18, 1984, “Barking Pumpkin” label released “Them or Us”, the fortieth Frank Zappa album. It was recorded November 1981 – June 1984 (except “Planet Of My Dreams” and “Ya Hozna” recorded in 1974), and was produced by Frank Zappa.


  • Frank Zappa – guitar, keyboards, vocals, arranger
  • Tommy Mars– keyboards, vocals, soloist
  • Patrick O’Hearn – wind, bass guitar
  • Scott Thunes– vocals, Minimoog, synthesizer, bass guitar
  • Johnny “Guitar” Watson– vocals, guitar
  • Ray White – guitar, vocals, backing vocals, choir, chorus, harmony vocals
  • Moon Unit Zappa– vocals
  • Ed Mann – percussion
  • Chad Wackerman– drums, vocals
  • Ike Willis – vocals, backing vocals, choir, chorus, harmony vocals
  • Arthur Barrow – bass guitar
  • Napoleon Murphy Brock– saxophone, vocals, harmony vocals
  • Brad Cole – piano
  • Roy Estrada– vocals, backing vocals, choir, chorus, bass guitar
  • Bob Harris – keyboards, vocals, harmony vocals
  • Thana Harris – vocals
  • Steve Vai– guitar, soloist, fills
  • Dweezil Zappa– soloist, guitar
  • George Duke– keyboards, vocals, piano
  • Bobby Martin – keyboards, saxophone, vocals, falssetist, harmony vocals, harmonica

Track listing:

All compositions by Frank Zappa, except where noted.

  1. The Closer You Are
  2. In France
  3. Ya Hozna
  4. Sharleena
  5. Sinster Footwear II
  6. Truck Driver Divorce
  7. Stevie’s Spanking
  8. Baby, Take Your Teeth Out
  9. Marque-son’s Chicken
  10. Planet of My Dreams
  11. Be in My Video
  12. Them or Us
  13. Frogs With Dirty Little Lips – Frank Zappa, Ahmet Zappa
  14. Whipping Post – Gregg Alman



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