Remington Electric Razor
"Remington Electric Razor" was an radio advertising jingle Zappa recorded in 1967 with background vocals from Linda Ronstadt for "Remington Electric Razor Machines". It can be found on the album Apocrypha.
Zappa: "Can you think of a better gift than something that helps a guy look good and feel good every single day of the year? Can ya?"
Ronstadt: "Remington Electric Razor. Remington Electric Razor. Remington Electric Razor. Remington Electric Razor.
Only our Remington gives you the comfort of...
Remington Electric Razor. Remington Electric Razor. Remington Electric Razor. Remington Electric Razor.
Thrills and cleans you. Cleans and thrills you. Sharper cutters. '
Up go the shaving heads. Down go the shaving heads. Up go the shaving heads. Down go the shaving heads.
Only our Remington gives you a closer shave. Cleans you and thrills you a lot!!"
Zappa: "Cleans you. Thrills you. May even keep you from getting busted!"
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"In 1967, we were living in New York, and I got a request from an advertising agency. See, I did one commercial in '67 for Luden's Cough Drops, and that got an award. It got a CLIO for the best music in a commercial in '67. Then I got this request from Remington. They were looking for some kind of a 'new sound' for their commercials. (laughter) So, Linda Ronstadt happened to be managed by Herb Cohen, who was our manager at the time, and they supplied me with this advertising copy, and they wanted music for it. So, Ian Underwood and I put together this track, and Linda did the vocal on top of it, and we made a demo. They paid a thousand dollars for the demo, and that was the last I ever heard from 'em. They didn't like what I did."
In the liner notes of The Simpsons' soundtrack CD album "Songs In The Key Of Springfield" (1997) Matt Groening revealed that back in 1989 he gave composer Danny Elfman a tape with the kind of music he wanted for the TV theme of "The Simpsons". One of the selections was Zappa's Remington Electric Razor radio commercial.
Some internet sources have "Sharp look after" in place of "Sharper cutters" but on 'GSW Vol. 19 (1978-1979) Dark Star Interview London 02.01.79' FZ speaks the lyric clearly.
FZ: "I've got another piece on tape that the world will discover one day. In 1967 an advertising agency that handled the account of Remington Electric Razors was looking for a youth oriented commercial for an electric razor and contacted my manager and said that they would put up a thousand dollars to make a demo tape of a jingle for Remington Electric Razors and would I please submit one because they were looking for something to use for a national campaign. And they supplied me with this one page type written text for this commercial saying my job was to set it to music and I did. Linda Ronstadt is the lead vocalist."
Radio DJ "Yes?"
FZ: "Yes. The basic track played by me and Ian with Linda Ronstadt doing the vocals. She's singing 'Up go the shaving heads. Down go the shaving heads. Shaper cutters. Only the Remington gives you a closer shave. Thrills and cleans you. Cleans and thrills you. I sent it and they rejected it. I bet they'd like to have it now. That's one of the things that's in the Ten Record Set."
Radio DJ "Would Linda Ronstadt have any say whether you could use it or not? You think she might?"
FZ: "If she had any sense of humor she'd let me use it. I never see her. I mean.. I think it would be hilarious
Radio DJ "That must have been around the time that..."
FZ: "It was while we were in the studio doing Uncle Meat. "
Radio DJ "Would that have been before the Levi ads where they used (unintelligible)"
FZ: "It was before that"