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The track resulted from the combination of a guitar riff that Frank had composed and Moon's desire to work with her father. According to Zappa biographer Kelly Fisher Lowe, Frank woke Moon in the middle of the night and took her to a studio to recreate conversations that she had had with friends. Zappa stressed that it was not a happy song, and that he hated the San Fernando Valley , calling it "a most depressing place. Musically, the song is atypical for Zappa because of its conventional structure compared to his other compositions, and is played entirely in 4 4 time signature with the exception of the 7 4 groove at the very end. Zappa praised the station's original programming but feared it would lead to others copying it, adding, "I would hate for it to become another service, freeze-dried to other stations. There was an immediate response from the public, and the song began receiving regular airplay. The song was Zappa's only Top 40 single in the United States, peaking at 32 in the Billboard Hot , although he had charted hits in other parts of the world.