I Don't Wanna Get Drafted

"I Don't Wanna Get Drafted" was a 1980 single by American musician Frank Zappa. The song peaked at #103 US Billboard and #68 on Cash Box, but more successfully reached #3 in Sweden. The original single version has never been reissued on LP or CD.

"I Don't Wanna Get Drafted"
Single by Frank Zappa
B-side"Ancient Armaments"
GenreRock, comedy rock
LabelZappa Records
Songwriter(s)Frank Zappa
Producer(s)Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa singles chronology
"Stick It Out"
"I Don't Wanna Get Drafted"
"Love of My Life"

A different version of the single recording was later included in the 1996 posthumous Zappa album The Lost Episodes.

The song was later completely rerecorded at a faster tempo for the 1981 album You Are What You Is and released under the title "Drafted Again".

The B-side of the single Ancient Armaments is an edited live instrumental from the New York City Palladium on October 31, 1978. A more complete recording of this track was included in the 2003 album Halloween.


Zappa and his label Zappa Records had signed a distribution agreement with Phonogram in 1977 for releases in the United States and Canada.

Though Phonogram did release the single in Canada[1] they declined to distribute it in the US. According to Zappa, this was because a Phonogram executive objected to the lyrics. Phonogram president Robert Sherwood disputed Zappa's version of the story, insisting that it was a marketing decision. Sherwood claimed that the distributor did not want to release a single without the support of a full length album.[2]

Zappa later released the single in the US independently. Outside the US and Canada the single was distributed by CBS. Zappa later created another record company, Barking Pumpkin, distributed by CBS, after ending his agreement with Phonogram.[3]

The song was written in response to the re-introduction of mandatory draft registration during the Carter administration. The issue of including women in the draft is alluded to in the lyrics, and this was also a subject much popular discussion at the time.[4]

I Don't Wanna Get Drafted was recorded in February 1980 at Ocean Way Recording on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The picture sleeve for the single was one of the first places Zappa was seen publicly with short hair. He had kept his hair long since the 1960s.

Drafted Again was recorded at Zappa's UMRK home studio. It has lines sung by Ahmet Zappa and Moon Zappa which were sung by Frank in the original. This version also has spoken references from the TV game show The Price Is Right: "LaCelia Jackson! Come on down! Nancy Butterworth! Come on down! You're the next contestants on SOOOOO WHAT! And, but, also. A new car! But that's not all..."

Track listEdit

A: "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted" - 3:10
B: "Ancient Armaments" - 4:10 [5]

Line upEdit

Single versionEdit

Frank Zappa- vocals, guitar
Dale Bozzio — vocals
Terry Bozzio — vocals
Mark Pinske - vocals
Ike Willis - vocals, guitar
Ray White - vocals guitar
Arthur Barrow - bass
Tommy Mars - keyboards, vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta - drums [6]

Album versionEdit

Frank Zappa – vocals, guitar
Ike Willis – rhythm guitar, vocals
Ray White – rhythm guitar, vocals
Steve Vai – guitars
Ahmet Zappa – vocals
Moon Zappa – vocals
Mark Pinske - vocals
Arthur Barrow – bass guitar
Bob Harris – trumpet
Tommy Mars – keyboards
David Logeman – drums

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Frank-Zappa-I-Dont-Wanna-Get-Drafted/release/10935207
  2. ^ https://www.afka.net/Articles/1980-07_Enlisted_Times_1.htm
  3. ^ Gulla, Bob (2009). Guitar Gods: The 25 Players who Made Rock History - Bob Gulla - Google Books. ISBN 9780313358067. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  4. ^ Lowe, Kelly Fisher (2006). The Words and Music of Frank Zappa - Kelly Fisher Lowe - Google Books. ISBN 9780275987794. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  5. ^ "Frank Zappa - I Don't Wanna Get Drafted! at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  6. ^ "Frank Zappa - I Don't Wanna Get Drafted! (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-06-27.