"Zombie Zoo" as written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne....
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    MemoryI remember the zombie zoo club, they did not serve drinks and would stay open until sunrise
    it really wasn't a punk club but punk used to go there to hang out, after the other places closed.
    i remember they had a bunch of old 70s type B?W tvs stacked in a room and they would play movies like nosferatu, while the house music played. I remember seeing ADS (another destructive system) there, so they did have some punk bands play some times.

    Don't remember seeing a lot of punk girls, would have been pretty cool at 3am if I had.

    Seem to remember some death rock guys in dresses fighting with the death rock girls for mirror space to put on make up. That was always good for a laugh.

    Seem to remember it was in the LA brea area, could be wrong.
    webpunk69on June 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNo Its Not about a hooker ,nor is it about a Stripper( but if u didnt know about it,then its easy to see why u could have thought it) ZOMBIE ZOO was actualy one of the very very first Underground Death Rock Clubs in Los Angeles back in 88-89 ...I look forward to hearing this song asI dig Petty, and know half the people to ever step into Zombie Zoo
    MAESTRO4XSon June 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was about a girl who dresses weird because it is part of a sub-culture that Tom Petty was making fun of (like early emo in the eighties).
    KillViacomon July 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentZombie Zoo is not about a stripper or prostitute or something symbolizing a deeper meaning. It is about the young gaudy punk wanna-bes that hung out in the now defunct Los Angeles nightclub named the Zombie Zoo. It appeared to Tom Petty that these young girls were wasting their life, living a fast but useless life.
    SomedayNeveron June 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a party animal girl. "she shows
    up with her friends half-alive" as shanshanshabang said this girl wont stop partying. Maybe one day i will know how it feels.
    GitBuckon May 28, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningYes, Zombie Zoo was a "Deathrock" club in Los Angeles in the 80's ("goth" used to be called "deathrock"). There was a restaraunt nextdoor to the club called Ships (it was kind-of like a Dennys). The patrons of the club used to hang-out there and eat. One night Tom Petty and Roy Orbison stopped in for a late night dinner after a recording session and met some of the club kids, and wrote a song about them.

    Zombie Zoo had many locations. The location that Tom saw was at "the Facade" on LaBrea. Zombie Zoo was also at Osko's downstairs in "the Cave", a room that was made to look like a cave. It was also at a dance hall called "La Casa" in downtown. it's first location was on Washington in a rather bad part of town (this is the locaztion that had the stack of TV's the played random things on each screen).

    Yes, we did book punkrock bands, as there weren't really enough "deathrock" bands around yet.

    Tom petty is a bastard. He wrote the song about my club. I called his managment to request a couple of tix to his concert. I was told "Tom said no". What a @#*&$%@!
    mikehellon August 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentZombie Zoo was one of those storefront "dance clubs" trendy in the mid-to-late 80s, populated by lost-looking mascara boys and girls. At the time of Full Moon Fever I took it to possibly refer to Petty's own daughter going to the club and Tom's dad-like ambivalance over it. His oldest would have been the right age for ZZ. Just a guess
    misstressTon October 09, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was about somebody who is acting all weird just for the sake of being weird. One of those people who would stop breathing if they could, just because that's what everybody else is doing.
    Nick the Bastardon July 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen I listen to this song I think of a "punk rawk" girl. Really eager to be completely comfortable and decided in who she is and what she wants out of life. That is a contemporary pop-culture lens to view this song through.

    But now that I think of it, a hooker is a likely candidate.
    Lukasa101on July 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a classic i mean it has such great poetry and it really gets u in a weird sort of mood. Lunchpail purse is an amazing image
    tompettyconcerton August 08, 2006   Link

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