Truck Driver Divorce

FZ album(s) in which song has appeared

Tour(s) on which song is known to have been performed (main source: FZShows, v. 7.1)

Comments

Unreleased studio version

FZ interviewed by John Swenson, Guitar World, March, 1982

We did a bunch of recording before we left LA [in September, 1981]. [...] A song called "Truck Driver Divorce" which will probably be the end of country and western music. It's like country music on PCP.

Foggy G, "The Songs That Were Played," We're Only In It For The Touring

1980 Oct-Dec: A one-time only on this tour performance, that I have yet to hear. From the 10/13 show. Anybody want to deliver us the goods on this one? I'll keep an eye on your wife while you do. [Patrick Buzby writes: I suspect that "Truck Driver Divorce" and "Drowning Witch" from fall '80 were just "sprechgesang" versions, though I haven't heard the tapes." To which Jon Naurin replies- "Pat is correct—Truck Driver Divorce is just another meltdown, accompanied by Vinnie, Artie and Tommy. A few differences in the lyrics, e.g "Some times when you're not home, somebody's brother-in-law is pooching your homie.". Why somebody's brother-in-law?!"]

1982: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume IV, with the standard deviation coming in Frank's solo. Unlike the solos on both "Them Or Us" and YCDTOSA Volume IV, the solos during this tour seemed to be a lot more energetic and focused than they were on subsequent tours. To my ears, the majority of the solos on the '84 tour were endless meanderings, and seldom seemed to really have a purpose. That was not the case on this tour, with the majority of the solos being quite forceful and concise.

1984: Essentially played as on YCDTOSA Volume IV, with the standard deviation coming in Frank's solo. Like the aforementioned version, Frank's solo was over a "non-vamp"- no predetermined rhythm part, just Wackerman and Thunes doing their best to support Frank's meanderings. Unfortunately, Frank's outings on this song during this tour were either well worth hearing but way too short, or overlong and dull. He never seemed to hit a happy medium for this tour. On 7/22, George Duke joined the band for this encore song.

1988: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume IV, allowing for obvious differences in instrumentation, and with the standard deviation coming in Frank's guitar solo. Sadly, Frank's guitar playing on this tune never meets the expectations he set up with the edited "Them or Us" version- on this tour or any other.

 

Conceptual Continuity

Opal the waitress:
Stringbeans to Utah:

 

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