Lumpy Gravy Part 1: Section 1
The way I see it, Barry, this should be a very dynamite show.
“The way I see it Barry, this should be a very dynamite show.” These are the opening words of the 1968 MGM release of Lumpy Gravy. Ben Watson, in his book Frank Zappa’s Negative Dialectic of Poodle Play describes the intoning of this line as “spoken in a dumb slur, (the opening words) sound about as aesthetically enthused as a concert promoter selling a hotdog concession.” What seems like an almost throwaway line is deeply revealing about the ways in which the MGM release differs from the original Capitol recording. Both the tone of voice and its recorded distortion signal to the listener the dissonance between the expected inflection of delivery of those words and their actual intonation. Hutcheon claims that any codified form can be parodied—this would include the codification of the typical tone of voice of a baseball hotdog vendor, which is bluntly at odds with the overt sarcasm of Zappa’s voice. These words do not just say to us that Zappa is poking fun, but stake an aesthetic stance of ironic distance between the surface text and its implied meaning.
 Ben Watson, Frank Zappa’s Negative Dialectic of Poodle Play (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1996), 91.