Lumpy Gravy Part 1: Section 2
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The surf rock that follows “The way I see it, Barry” is then covered in contextual irony; Hutcheon notes that it is irony that is the primary signifier for a parodic reading of a text. She notes “irony appears to be the main rhetorical mechanism for activating the readers awareness of this dramatization. Irony participates in parodic discourse as a strategy, which allows the decoder to interpret and evaluate.” We can therefore understand that the themes that are presented to the listener are not always to be understood as what Zappa might call “serious music”. That surf rock theme comes across as a title sequence to a non-existent low budget B-movie.Another clear instance of parodic ironic signaling occurs when a voice proclaims, “A little nostalgia for the old folks!” which is immediately followed by some more Dick Dale-esque guitar work. Watson notes that we are unsure if this “futuristic parody of the music we like, or if this music is really out of date.” I find it hard to believe that the riff would be considered “music out of date”, as surf rock was still popular into 1964, so not entirely music for “old folks”—again we have text acting as a way for the listener to understand the humor that may be lost otherwise.
 Hutcheon, A Theory of Parody, 31.
 Zappa devotes an entire song to the subject of the B-horror movie. The song is called “Cheepnis” and first appears on 1974’s Roxy and Elsewhere.
 Watson, Negative Dialects, 97.