In an interview with Melody Maker
dated January 1, 1977, Frank Zappa said "Punky's Whips" was a song about "our drummer having a peculiar fascination for the lips and hairdo of a singer in a band called the Angels." (The band was actually called Angel.)
Or so he was quoted. Others have claimed this twelve-and-a-half-minute-plus jazz fusion track is an inside joke, which it certainly appears to be. As Zappa's drummer Terry Bozzio married Dale Consalvi in 1979, we can probably rule out any real attraction for Punky Meadows; the song's lyrics also include the lines:But I ain't queer
I ain't gay...
Regardless of Mr. Bozzio's sexuality, it is doubtful if Punky Meadows saw the joke; Warner Brothers certainly did not, fearing a lawsuit it was edited it out. Best not to mention the outright profanity.
Alexander Baron - London, England