teaching mark s a *LESSON* response one: ZAPPA

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doesn't ringo make an appearance in that movie? what an odd film career he had.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 28 October 2013 17:21 (three years ago) Permalink

An FZ fan for nearly 35 years and I still haven't seen 200 Motels. I really dislike the Flo & Eddie era.

Victor Immature (WilliamC), Monday, 28 October 2013 17:37 (three years ago) Permalink

Agree on the 200 Motels movie. I haven't seen it since it was on TV years ago (that long ago that I videotaped it, but never ever watched it again). I think it was Danny Baker that judged it "unwatchable", which is just about OTM.

Bloody Snail, Monday, 28 October 2013 21:32 (three years ago) Permalink

I have a VHS copy too, haven't watched in years but certain parts still resonate with me: the "Broth" segment above, the animation sequence ("Dental Hygiene Dilemma") and the finale, "Strictly Genteel." And "Magic Fingers" is a good rocker. It's an incoherent mess, but not without merits imo.

The sweet spot between bad and unpleasant (Dan Peterson), Monday, 28 October 2013 22:07 (three years ago) Permalink

The music's OK, esp. the rock stuff and I like Flo + Eddie's vocals (I prefer the Turtles though)

Thomas K Amphong (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:57 (three years ago) Permalink

So saw this last night and (eventually) enjoyed it but, Jesus, there's far too much of it - but that's Zappa for you, I suppose. The, uh, dramatic elements of the production were a bit amateurish (despite Jessica Hynes(!) being one of the pariticpants) but the singing was good and the orchestra fine. There's too much avant garde skweedly-skwonk - stuff I usually like but there didn't appeat to be enough variety in Zappa's skweedly-skwonk writing - but from "Penis Dimension" onwards, when it just becomes sort of bomabstic showtune/ rock opera music, it was great and genuinely stirring.

Thomas K Amphong (Tom D.), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:06 (three years ago) Permalink

I love all the sweaty 70s rock tunes from 200 Motels like "Mystery Roach", "Magic Fingers", and "Shove It Right In".

It's true that the movie is overly long, but there are tons of great moments throughout.

Moodles, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 13:49 (three years ago) Permalink

Didn't play any of the rock stuff @ the concert unfortunately.

Thomas K Amphong (Tom D.), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 13:58 (three years ago) Permalink


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