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Moon Unit Zappa

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Moon Unit Zappa (born September 28, 1967, in New York City) is the oldest child of late American rock star Frank Zappa and Gail Sloatman; she goes by the name "Moon Zappa." Apart from the novelty of her unusual name, she first came to public attention at the age of 14, in 1982, as a vocalist on her father's hit single "Valley Girl". The song featured Moon Unit delivering a nonsensical monologue in 'val-speak', a collection of slang terms popular in the San Fernando Valley region of the North American state of California.

"Valley Girl" was Frank Zappa's only top 40 hit in the United States, and popularised phrases such as "Grotty to the max", "Gag me with a spoon", and also the word bitchin' as a term of high praise. The song appeared on Zappa's contemporary album Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch, a title which had itself been thought up by Moon Unit, as an explanation for the cryptic line drawing on the album's cover.

She has three younger siblings, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Diva. In adult life, she has worked as a stand up comic, magazine writer, actress (notably in the sit-com 'Normal Life'), and author of the novel America, the Beautiful, which was published by Touchstone on September 11, 2001, ISBN 0743213831. The novel featured a title character called 'American Throne' and was semi-autobiographical; it was however overshadowed by current events.

Zappa is married to Paul Doucette, who is drummer for the band Matchbox 20. She gave birth to their first child, Mathilda Plum Doucette, on December 21, 2004, a date which would have been her late father's sixty-fourth birthday. Mathilda would also have been Frank Zappa's first grandchild.

Cultural References

In Austin Powers, a base on the moon is called 'Moon Unit Zappa'.

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