History Film / TwoHundredMotels

5th Sep '15 4:20:37 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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While one can only wonder {{What Could Have Been}} if it was actually finished, it's still a visually interesting and often funny film to watch. Compared to Zappa's other film project ''Uncle Meat'' (1988)- even more low-budget- ''200 Motels'' is much more enjoyable. Still the CultClassic can be disappointing for fans who actually want to see Zappa himself, because he's hardly seen in this film and doesn't even have a line. In that retrospect the two hours and a half ConcertFilm ''Film/BabySnakes (1979)'' gives you more your money's worth.

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While one can only wonder {{What Could Have Been}} if it was actually finished, it's still a visually interesting and often funny film to watch. Compared to Zappa's other film project ''Uncle Meat'' (1988)- even more low-budget- ''200 Motels'' is much more enjoyable. Still the CultClassic can be disappointing for fans who actually want to see Zappa himself, because he's hardly seen in this film and doesn't even have a line. In that retrospect respect the two hours and a half ConcertFilm ''Film/BabySnakes (1979)'' gives you more your money's worth.
29th Apr '15 12:11:18 AM Patachou
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* FaceOnTheCover: Zappa's face looms above the proceedings.
16th Apr '15 3:18:19 PM Patachou
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'''200 Motels''' is an [[MissingEpisode unfinished rock movie]] by Music/FrankZappa from 1971. It was released with an eponymous soundtrack. Both the film as well as the album are a surreal {{Satire}} of a rock band on tour. The film stars Zappa's own band members- the Mothers of Invention- as caricatures of themselves. The film also has supporting roles for Music/RingoStarr as Larry the Dwarf (aka Frank Zappa), [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon]] as a nun groupie, Theodore Bikel as Rance Muhammitz and the notorious groupie Pamela des Barres as a reporter. Various problems caused the project to change direction during recordings. The budget was cut and one of the band members, Jeff Simmons, left the group halfway. As a result only one third of Zappa's script could be filmed. While the man tried to make something coherent out of it in the editing room the film still ends up as a confusing mess.

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'''200 Motels''' is an [[MissingEpisode unfinished rock movie]] by Music/FrankZappa from 1971. It was released with an eponymous soundtrack. Both the film as well as the album are a surreal {{Satire}} of a rock band on tour. The film stars Zappa's own band members- the Mothers of Invention- as caricatures of themselves. The film also has supporting roles for Music/RingoStarr as Larry the Dwarf (aka Frank Zappa), [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon]] as a nun groupie, Theodore Bikel as Rance Muhammitz and the notorious groupie Pamela des Barres as a reporter. [[TroubledProduction Various problems caused the project to change direction during recordings.recordings]]. The budget was cut and one of the band members, Jeff Simmons, left the group halfway. As a result only one third of Zappa's script could be filmed. While the man tried to make something coherent out of it in the editing room the film still ends up as a confusing mess.


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** "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" would be performed live as "Lonesome Cowboy Swaggart" on Zappa's ''Music/TheBestBandYouNeverHeardInYourLife'' (1991), targeting corrupt televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who was caught with a prostitute in 1988.
4th Mar '15 2:09:00 PM Patachou
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** The character Opal in "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" would later be mentioned again during "Teenage Wind" on ''Music/YouAreWhatYouIs'' (1980), where the lines "where's my waitress?" is also mentioned again. The character in "Teenage Wind" also says he "could go to a midnight show of "200 Motels"". In the same song the teenager protagonist wants to go to a midnight show of "200 Motels". Opal would also reappear on the album "Thing-Fish" (1984). On "No, Not Now" on ''Music/ShipArrivingToLateToSaveADrowningWitch'' (1982) "cowboy pants" and a "waitress" are mentioned again.

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** The character Opal in "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" would later be mentioned again during "Teenage Wind" on ''Music/YouAreWhatYouIs'' (1980), where the lines "where's my waitress?" is also mentioned again. The character in "Teenage Wind" also says he "could go to a midnight show of "200 Motels"". In the same song the teenager protagonist wants to go to a midnight show of "200 Motels". Opal would also reappear on the album "Thing-Fish" ''Music/ThingFish'' (1984). On "No, Not Now" on ''Music/ShipArrivingToLateToSaveADrowningWitch'' ''Music/ShipArrivingTooLateToSaveADrowningWitch'' (1982) "cowboy pants" and a "waitress" are mentioned again.
3rd Mar '15 10:17:54 AM Patachou
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** The character Opal in "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" would later be mentioned again during "Teenage Wind" on ''Music/YouAreWhatYouIs'' (1980), where the lines "where's my waitress?" is also mentioned again. In the same song the teenager protagonist wants to go to a midnight show of "200 Motels". Opal would also reappear on the album "Thing-Fish" (1984). On "No, Not Now" on ''Music/ShipArrivingToLateToSaveADrowningWitch'' (1982) "cowboy pants" and a "waitress" are mentioned again.

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** The character Opal in "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" would later be mentioned again during "Teenage Wind" on ''Music/YouAreWhatYouIs'' (1980), where the lines "where's my waitress?" is also mentioned again. The character in "Teenage Wind" also says he "could go to a midnight show of "200 Motels"". In the same song the teenager protagonist wants to go to a midnight show of "200 Motels". Opal would also reappear on the album "Thing-Fish" (1984). On "No, Not Now" on ''Music/ShipArrivingToLateToSaveADrowningWitch'' (1982) "cowboy pants" and a "waitress" are mentioned again.
22nd Feb '15 4:44:05 AM Patachou
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Before the arrival of Internet ''200 Motels'' was very difficult to find and could only be ordered on video through Zappa's own company. Therefore it is safe to say that the CultSoundtrack album has probably reached more people than this BrokenBase film project. Just like ''Music/ChungasRevenge'' (1970), ''Music/FillmoreEastJune1971'' (1971) and ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'' (1972) the album features Mark and Howie from Music/TheTurtles as lead vocalists and deals with {{Satire}} about rock artists on tour and groupies.

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Before the arrival of Internet ''200 Motels'' was very difficult to find and could only be ordered on video through Zappa's own company. Therefore it is safe to say that the CultSoundtrack album has probably reached more people than this BrokenBase film project. Just like ''Music/ChungasRevenge'' (1970), ''Music/FillmoreEastJune1971'' (1971) and ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'' (1972) the album features Mark and Howie from Music/TheTurtles as lead vocalists and deals with {{Satire}} about rock artists on tour and groupies. \n Fan favorites are "Lonesome Cowboy Burt", "She Painted Up Her Face", "Dental Hygiene Dilemma", "Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?", "Penis Dimension", "Magic Fingers" and "Strictly Genteel".



'''Disc One'''

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'''Disc One'''
'''Side 1'''




'''Side 2'''



'''Disc Two'''

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'''Disc Two''''''Side 3'''




'''Side 4'''




'''Bonus tracks on the CD'''



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* AlliterativeTitle: "'''D'''addy '''D'''addy '''D'''addy".



** "Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers" contains a musical phrase from "Mystery Roach" and "A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus)" (from Music/UncleMeat) (1969).

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** "Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers" contains a musical phrase from "Mystery Roach" and "A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus)" (from Music/UncleMeat) ''Music/UncleMeat'') (1969).



** A plastic bag is mentioned during "The Sealed Tuna Bolero", bringing up "plastic" imagery again from ''Music/FreakOut'' and ''Music/AbsolutelyFree''. "Liquor stores" from "Hungry Freaks Daddy" (''Music/FreakOut'') are mentioned again in "Centerville".
** "Aroma" is mentioned during "Dental Hygiene Dilemma", another conceptual continuity topic that Zappa would revisit during "Dirty Love" (''Music/OverNiteSensation'') and "Jewish Princess" (''Music/SheikYerbouti'').
** Women "painting up their face" in "She Painted Up Her Face" was an image that Zappa visited earlier during "You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here" (on ''Music/FreakOut'') and "Harry You're A Beast" (''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney'').
** The character Opal in "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" would later be mentioned again during "Teenage Wind" on "You Are What You Is" (1980), where the lines "where's my waitress?" is also mentioned again. In the same song the teenager protagonist wants to go to a midnight show of "200 Motels". Opal would also reappear on the album "Thing-Fish" (1984). On "No, Not Now" on "Ship Arriving To Late To Save A Drowning Witch" (1982) "cowboy pants" and a "waitress" are mentioned again.

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** A plastic bag is mentioned during "The Sealed Tuna Bolero", bringing up "plastic" imagery again from ''Music/FreakOut'' (1966) and ''Music/AbsolutelyFree''.''Music/AbsolutelyFree'' (1967). "Liquor stores" from "Hungry Freaks Daddy" (''Music/FreakOut'') are mentioned again in "Centerville".
** "Aroma" is mentioned during "Dental Hygiene Dilemma", another conceptual continuity topic that Zappa would revisit during "Dirty Love" (''Music/OverNiteSensation'') Love" (''Music/OverNiteSensation'' (1973)) and "Jewish Princess" (''Music/SheikYerbouti'').(''Music/SheikYerbouti'' (1979)).
** Women "painting up their face" in "She Painted Up Her Face" was an image that Zappa visited earlier during "You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here" (on ''Music/FreakOut'') ''Music/FreakOut'' (1966)) and "Harry You're A Beast" (''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney'').(''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney'' (1968)).
** The character Opal in "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" would later be mentioned again during "Teenage Wind" on "You Are What You Is" ''Music/YouAreWhatYouIs'' (1980), where the lines "where's my waitress?" is also mentioned again. In the same song the teenager protagonist wants to go to a midnight show of "200 Motels". Opal would also reappear on the album "Thing-Fish" (1984). On "No, Not Now" on "Ship Arriving To Late To Save A Drowning Witch" ''Music/ShipArrivingToLateToSaveADrowningWitch'' (1982) "cowboy pants" and a "waitress" are mentioned again.



* LongTitle: "Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture"; "Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers", "This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich", "Lucy's Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude", "Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?", "A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes", "The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts", "The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth", "Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce".
* LovableSexManiac: Aynsley Dunbar.



* LovableSexManiac: Aynsley Dunbar.



** Music/JeffBeck dreams of quitting the band and forming his own heavy group "like Music/GrandFunkRailroad", for whom Zappa later produced an album: "Good Singin', Good Playin'". Music/BlackSabbath, whom Zappa was a fan of, is also mentioned.

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** Music/JeffBeck Jeff Simmons dreams of quitting the band and forming his own heavy group "like Music/GrandFunkRailroad", for whom Zappa later produced an album: "Good Singin', Good Playin'". Music/BlackSabbath, whom Zappa was a fan of, is also mentioned.
22nd Feb '15 4:29:24 AM Patachou
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Much of the film references inside jokes about Zappa's band members, including "Magic Fingers" where Jeff Beck's tennis shoes are mentioned, which are used "to beat a groupie off". Zappa did indeed also record band conversations in secret, like the film depicts.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Much of the film references inside jokes about Zappa's band members, including "Magic Fingers" where Jeff Beck's Music/JeffBeck's tennis shoes are mentioned, which are used "to beat a groupie off". Zappa did indeed also record band conversations in secret, like the film depicts.



** Jeff dreams of quitting the band and forming his own heavy group "like Music/GrandFunkRailroad", for whom Zappa later produced an album: "Good Singin', Good Playin'". Music/BlackSabbath, whom Zappa was a fan of, is also mentioned.

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** Jeff Music/JeffBeck dreams of quitting the band and forming his own heavy group "like Music/GrandFunkRailroad", for whom Zappa later produced an album: "Good Singin', Good Playin'". Music/BlackSabbath, whom Zappa was a fan of, is also mentioned.
21st Feb '15 10:29:13 AM Patachou
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** "This Town Is Like A Sealed Tuna Sandwich" would be quoted again during "Bogus Pomp" on "Orchestral Favorites" (1978).

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** "This Town Is Like A Sealed Tuna Sandwich" would be quoted again during "Bogus Pomp" on "Orchestral Favorites" (1978).''Music/OrchestralFavorites'' (1978). The band also appear to drive over a tuna sandwich on the cover of ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'' (1972).



** Billy the Mountain in "Dental Hygiene Dilemma" would reappear during "Billy The Mountain" on ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'' (1973) and "The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary" on "Studio Tan" (1978) and "Läther" (1993).
** Music/KeithMoon, who plays the nun in this film, would receive another nod in ''"We're Turning Again"'' on Zappa's album ''"Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention" (1986)'': ''"We can laugh at Keith Moon's jokes."''

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** Billy the Mountain in "Dental Hygiene Dilemma" would reappear during "Billy The Mountain" on ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'' (1973) (1972) and "The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary" on "Studio Tan" ''Music/StudioTan'' (1978) and "Läther" (1993).''Music/{{Lather}}'' (1996).
** Music/KeithMoon, who plays the nun in this film, would receive another nod in ''"We're Turning Again"'' on Zappa's album ''"Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention" (1986)'': ''Music/FrankZappaMeetsTheMothersOfPrevention" (1985)'': ''"We can laugh at Keith Moon's jokes."''


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** "Strictly Genteel" was performed in an instrumental version on ''Music/OrchestralFavorites'' (1979), ''Music/LondonSymphonyOrchestra'' (1984) and ''Make A Jazz Noise Here'' (1988).
13th Jan '15 1:15:37 PM Patachou
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** Billy the Mountain in "Dental Hygiene Dilemma" would reappear during "Billy The Mountain" on "Just Another Band From L.A." (1973) and "The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary" on "Studio Tan" (1978) and "Läther" (1993).

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** Billy the Mountain in "Dental Hygiene Dilemma" would reappear during "Billy The Mountain" on "Just Another Band From L.A." ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'' (1973) and "The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary" on "Studio Tan" (1978) and "Läther" (1993).


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* OneManSong: "Lonesome Cowboy Burt".
* OneWordTitle: "Centerville", "Mysterioso".
* QuestioningTitle: "Would You Like A Snack?", "What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?"
5th Jan '15 7:27:48 PM Patachou
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** French comic strip artist Creator/{{Gotlib}} spoofed the album cover with characters from his ''Hamster Jovial'' strip.

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** French comic strip artist Creator/{{Gotlib}} spoofed the album cover with characters from his ''Hamster Jovial'' strip. [[https://berichtenuithetverleden.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/gotlib-hamster-jovial-et-ses-louveteaux/]]
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