The album was conceived by Zappa after he scrapped the planned albums Warts and All and Crush All Boxesand contains tracks that were intended for those albums. The lyrical themes varyingly focus on human sexuality, popular culture and other topics. The title track is a satire of the punk rock scene, describing a band that adopts the punk style to get a record deal.
Warts and All was intended to be a triple live album, while Crush All Boxes would have consisted largely of studio recordings. The opening track, "Fine Girl" is a studio recording originally intended for the unreleased album Crush All Boxesalong with an early mix of the live track "Easy Meat".
Zappa wrote "Easy Meat" in and the song was a concert staple of the early Kantuta - Pacifico Mothers of Invention line-up featuring ex-members of The Turtles : Time Is Money - Frank Zappa - Mystery Box • 10-Record Monstrosity • A Really Spiffy Collection (Box Volman and Howard Kaylan on lead vocals.
The front cover art for Tinsel Town Rebellion retains the Crush All Boxes title, with the new album title spray painted over it. The sleeve and interior was designed by Cal Schenkeland contains still images from the film Freaksdirected by Tod Browning. The majority of Tinsel Town Rebellion consists of overdub-free live recordings from the and late concert tours. This album marks the first appearance by guitarist Steve Vai. The album was reissued on a single CD Kantuta - Pacifico Rykodisc in Complaints regarding the significantly inferior sound quality the album was mastered by Bob Stone led to a remaster by Spencer Chrislu in Universal Music Group released a new remaster in The release restored the applause and included crossfades from the concluding songs of each side to the songs beginning the following side.
The CD release includes the full applause endings with fadeouts as they had occurred on the original vinyl LP. Allmusic writer Steve Huey praised the album's instrumental work and the reworked versions of older songs, but described the sexually-themed lyrics as "problematic".
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