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Playground Psychotics
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Live album by
ReleasedOctober 27, 1992
RecordedSeptember 1970 – December 10, 1971
VenueVarious locations
LabelBarking Pumpkin
ProducerFrank Zappa
Frank Zappa chronology
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
Playground Psychotics
Ahead of Their Time
The Mothers of Invention chronology
Bongo Fury
Playground Psychotics
Ahead of Their Time
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Playground Psychotics is a two-CD live album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. It was originally released in 1992 through his mail order label, Barking Pumpkin, and was re-released in 1995 through Rykodisc. The album features recordings of Zappa and his band, the Mothers of Invention, around the time of the film 200 Motels. The live material on Playground Psychotics is interspersed with excerpts from taped conversations among band members whilst on tour, and the release includes three conceptual sections: A Typical Day on the Road, Part 1, a collage of dialogue which opens the first disc; A Typical Day on the Road, Part 2, which opens the second disc and The True Story of 200 Motels, which appears at the end of disc two. The album also includes a live session with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, an alternate mix of which appears on Lennon's Some Time in New York City (1972).

Track listing

All tracks written, composed and arranged by Frank Zappa, except where noted.

Disc one

An alternate mix of tracks 22 through 26, at times with different titles, appears on the John Lennon and Yoko Ono album Sometime in New York City.

A Typical Day on the Road, Part 1
1."Here Comes the Gear, Lads"1:00
2."The Living Garbage Truck"1:20
3."A Typical Sound Check"1:19
4."This Is Neat"0:23
5."The Motel Lobby"1:21
6."Getting Stewed"0:55
7."The Motel Room"0:29
8."Don't Take Me Down"1:11
9."The Dressing Room"0:24
10."Learning "Penis Dimension""2:02
11."You There, with the Hard On!"0:25
12."Zanti Serenade" (Ian Underwood, Don Preston, Zappa)2:40
14."Sleeping in a Jar"1:30
15."Don't Eat There"2:26
16."Brixton Still Life"2:59
17."Super Grease" (Mothers of Invention, Zappa)1:39
18."Wonderful Wino" (Jeff Simmons, Zappa)4:52
20."Cruisin' for Burgers"2:53
21."Diphtheria Blues" (Mothers of Invention)6:19
22."Well" (Walter Ward)4:43
23."Say Please" (John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Zappa)0:57
24."Aaawk" (Lennon, Ono, Zappa)2:59
25."Scumbag" (Lennon, Ono, Howard Kaylan, Zappa)5:53
26."A Small Eternity with Yoko Ono" (Lennon, Ono)6:07

Disc two

A Typical Day on the Road, Part 2
1."Beer Shampoo"1:39
2."Champagne Lecture"4:29
3."Childish Perversions"1:31
4."Playground Psychotics"1:08
5."The Mudshark Interview"2:39
6."There's No Lust in Jazz"0:55
7."Botulism on the Hoof"0:47
8."You Got Your Armies"0:10
9."The Spew King"0:24
10."I'm Doomed"0:25
11."Status Back Baby"2:49
12."The London Cab Tape" (Mothers of Invention)1:24
13."Concentration Moon, Part One"1:20
14."The Sanzini Brothers" (Underwood, Mark Volman, Kaylan)1:33
15."It's a Good Thing We Get Paid to Do This"2:45
16."Concentration Moon, Part Two"2:04
17."Mom & Dad"3:16
18."Intro to Music for Low Budget Orchestra"1:32
19."Billy the Mountain"30:25
The True Story of 200 Motels
20."He's Watching Us"1:21
21."If You're Not a Professional Actor"0:23
22."He's Right"0:14
23."Going for the Money"0:12
24."Jeff Quits"1:33
25."A Bunch of Adventures"0:56
26."Martin Lickert's Story"0:39
27."A Great Guy"0:30
28."Bad Acting"0:10
29."The Worst Reviews"0:20
30."A Version of Himself"1:02
31."I Could Be a Star Now"0:36


  1. ^ Couture, F. (2011). "Playground Psychotics - Frank Zappa & the Mothers | AllMusic". Retrieved 22 July 2011.