Over-Nite Sensation is the seventeenth studio album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. Released on September 7, 1973, it was followed by Zappa’s solo album Apostrophe (1974), which was recorded during the same sessions.
Frank Zappa wanted to use backup singers on the songs “I’m the Slime”, “Dirty Love”, “Zomby Woof”, “Dinah-Moe Humm” and “Montana”. His road manager suggested The Ikettes, and Ike & Tina Turner were contacted. Ike Turner insisted that Zappa pay the singers, including Tina Turner, no more than $25 per song. During the recording sessions, Tina brought Ike into the studio to hear one of her recordings with Zappa. Ike listened to the tape and responded “What is this shit?” before leaving the studio. Ike later insisted that Zappa would not credit the Ikettes on the released album.
The recording sessions which produced Over-Nite Sensation also produced Zappa’s followup, Apostrophe (‘) (1974), released as a solo album rather than a Mothers of Invention release.