From: Vladimir Sovetov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Interesting thing to note about the album title.
In France they say _Zut Alors_ when mean _Goddamned_.
So it seems that the only language Frank have no time to abuse
is Russian. Ne zappelos', tovarischee :-(
From: U001350@vm.uci.kun.nl (Jan van Kemenade)
The explanation that was given a while ago for the 'Zoot Allures'
title (from the french : Zut Alors) is confirmed by what FZ says
on the boot Titties & Beer (Zoot Allures live in Paris) :
'And now from our almost french title album Zoot Allures ..'
From: email@example.com (Jason M Arvey)
I'd say it is pretty much certain. "Zut alors", I thought, was
merely a mild exclamation, sort of like "Dammit!" or "DOH!" for you
Simpsons fans. There are other pun titles by Zappa: the obvious Sheik
Yerbouti/Shake your boody is one. Some say that Grand Wazoo is a pun of
Grand Oiseau -- Big Bird in France. Yet another is "Aybe Sea" off of
Burnt Weenie Sandwich -- it's pronounced ABC (There is no real Aybe Sea,
From: cn111@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Jean-Pierre Thibault)
I may not be a Zappa expert but since I am french-canadian, I'll settle
this one for you. "Zut alors" means something like "oh shit", "dammit" or
anything else like that, but it's a very polite way of saying it; let's
just say you don't hear that on the street too often (not in Canada,
anyways; maybe in France???)
I would never have seen the connection from Zoot Allures to Zut alors,
myself. You learn something everyday!
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian Zavitz)
I saw the connection from the start, but now I think I might see a pun, too.
If you take "Zoot" as a fancy 1920's zoot suit, and "allures" as alluring or
attractive, it might mean something for those of us familiar with Captain
Beefheart's penchant for fine clothing. "Torture" appeared officially on this
album for the first time, and that's a song about CB. Or am I being too
From: email@example.com (Stan Ivester)
I'm sure that's what it's based on, but also note the conceptual
continuity, in that the Wino Man on the same album has got bugs in his
"Zoot" suits were also a fashion item in the Southern California
social / cultural stew that brewed forth Zappa. It is likely that
many-to-most of the popular musicians Zappa grew up loving -- Johnny Watson,
Don & Dewey, Johnny Otis, etc. -- were intimately familiar with this
particular item of apparel, and it is easy to see that the zoot suit would
have a certain allure for FZ. Think of Ruben & the Jets!
Somewhat off the topic, but related by association: I've come to think
of zoot suits as the "phat" pants of their era. Within a few weeks recently,
I read in separate places that "zoot" suits as well as "phat" pants were/are
BAD because they were/are routinely used to CONCEAL WEAPONS! (I don't think
they were thinking about alto saxaphones.) Presto! Every kid with a pair of
baggy pants is magically transformed into a menacing gangster; the world
once again conforms to the paranoid fantasies of pale, middle-aged pink