lisa popeil

Daughter of the inventor of the Pocket Fisherman and Veg-O-Matic, and brother of the irritating guy who sells krylon for your head, Lisa is a top voice / vocal coach who lives in the valley.  She accepts a limited number of students. She also does some studio work, puts on vocal seminars, and raised pot-bellied pigs.

She auditioned for Zappa's band in 1981 and took part in the August 1981 rehearsals. December 1981 she performed with the band.

May 16 & may 23, 2012, Bobby Marquis did broadcast an interview with Lisa Popeil for CKCU-FM radio.



35 frank zappa: ship arriving too late too save a drowning witch
   (1982, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

  lisa popeil: lisa popeil
    (1983, lp, usa, ??)
- feat. steve vai
  lisa popeil: primo man / don't turn me off & on
    (1983, 7"-promo, usa, popeil records pl 701) - feat. steve vai
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  lisa popeil: primo man / you can't take it away
    (1983, 12", usa, ??) - feat. steve vai
  lisa popeil: poor connection
    (1984, 7"-promo, usa, scotti brothers zs4 04409)
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  van dyke parks: tokyo rose  (5)
    (1989, cd, usa, ??) - feat.lisa popeil
59 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.6
   (1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
  weird al yankovic: bad hair day
    (1996, cd, usa, ??) - feat. lisa popeil
  weird al yankovic: mandatory fun
    (2014, cd, usa, ??) - feat. lisa popeil



random notes

     Update! From: Lisa Popeil (5/98)
    I miss the pot-bellied pigs terribly but I gave up on that interesting
financial adventure about 6 years ago.

   As you noted, I'm a voice coach -one way I can pursue every style in the universe and still get paid! I also have produced 'The Total Singer" instructional video which I sell around the world. I'm hoping to be able to create a library of singing-related products under the Voiceworks banner over the next few years.

   There's a 50-50 chance that I'll be making an infomercial for The Total Singer this year- there's a ripe irony somehow in there- like destiny begging me to get on TV and SELL!

    Here's a quick Zappa anecdote. When I first auditioned for Frank in 1981, (as you know I had come not to audition but to support my auditioning drummer boyfriend), Frank of course tried to stump me with rhythms no musician has ever seen before. As I sight-read the music, I found that I had to move my body in a certain way to feel what 11 over 7 over the barline would feel like and Frank remarked on my "turgid flux"! What a way with words he had. Best wishes to everyone...

     -Lisa Popeil

     From: Mike Espinoza

"Weird Al" Yankovic used Lisa Popeil for the background vocals for his 1983 song "Mr. Popeil", a tribute to her famous father.  It appears on the albums "In 3-D" and "Permanent Record".


Lisa Popeil did backup vocals on "Weird Al" Yankovic's album "Bad Hair Day."  I've also heard her (unmistakably) in recent TV commercials.

      Patrick Neve writes:

She sang Teenage Prostitute in a falsetto that can crack glass. She also sang (ad-libbed?) Lisa's Life Story on YCDTOSA vol 6.  She's known for being an over-sexed hussy and having a pair of titties just like mom.  Also, her father invented the vegematic.

    Jon Naurin said:

I've had some email contact with Lisa, so I can fill in with some details: Her boyfriend at the time went to audition for the 1981 band (drums), and Lisa went along to give him moral support. Tommy Mars then talked her into auditioning for keyboards and vocals. She then rehearsed with the band for a short period on August.

"Lisa's life story" was ad-libbed during these rehearsals, then Lisa worked out a loose script before performing it live in December. She also performed "Dangerous Kitchen" - FZ handed her the words in the intermission between the shows and told her that she was going to do it - without rehearsal. This session also has some nice stuff where Steve Vai plays guitar licks and Lisa imitates them.

From Steve Vai's website: ( 

(1983,  Lisa Popeil Records  -  PL1001)


Lisa Popeil is primarily a singer who was almost in the 1982 band that almost went to Europe.  Soon after that she started work on a solo record and invited me to lay down some tracks for it.  I don't recommend this record to fans who are looking for Steve Vai nimble-fingered diddley-dits, but if you wanna dance, break a leg.

And here is an article that Lisa contributed to a karaoke e-zine:

     From: Lisa Popeil

Hi, Lisa P. here. Thanks for the cool site!  Did you know I sing Bulgarian for the Xena show?

     From: Lisa Popeil - 2007 10 22

If you  live in LA and you've been meaning to attend a local voice conference, this is the one!

Lisa is presenting at the upcoming PVSF/UCLA
Sunday Oct. 28, 2007

'The 5 Jobs of Support: Task-Oriented Breath Management'

Intro to Voiceworks(r) Method

at the evening concert 
'Vocal Extremes'

There'll be lots of interesting speakers - hope you can make it!




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