200 Motels by Frank Zappa & Tony Palmer

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200 Motels is a 1971 American-British musical surrealist film co-written and directed by Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer and starring The Mothers of Invention, Theodore Bikel and Ringo Starr.

In 200 Motels, the film attempts to portray the craziness of life on the road as a rock musician. While on tour, The Mothers of Invention go crazy in the small fictional town of Centerville (“a real nice place to raise your kids up”), wander around, and get beaten up in “Redneck Eats”, a cowboy bar. In a cartoon interlude passed off as a “dental hygiene movie,” bassist “Jeff”, tired of playing what he refers to as “Zappa’s comedy music”, is persuaded by his bad conscience to quit the group, as did his real-life counterpart Jeff Simmons, who was fired for insubordination before the film began shooting. Simmons was replaced by Martin Lickert (who was Ringo’s chauffeur) for the film.

The Orchestra was the Royal Philharmonic, including the great classical guitarist John Williams, and was conducted by Elgar Howarth who went on to become one of Britain’s most distinguished conductors. And the choreography was devised by Gillian Lynne, who went on to ‘invent’ the Lloyd-Webber musical “Cats”. She always said that 200 Motels was the inspiration for much that she later incorporated into “Cats.”

It was also the first film ever to be shot on 2" analogue videotape and successfully transferred to celluloid. Star Wars was only just around the corner.

The Cast

Frank Zappa as himself
The Mothers of Invention as themselves
Theodore Bikel as Rance Muhammitz, the narrator/Master of Ceremonies
Ringo Starr as Larry the Dwarf, dressed as Frank Zappa
Keith Moon as the hot nun
Howard Kaylan as himself
Mark Volman as himself
Ian Underwood as himself
Ruth Underwood as herself
Don Preston as himself
Jimmy Carl Black as Lonesome Cowboy Burt
Euclid James ‘Motorhead’ Sherwood as himself,
Aynsley Dunbar as himself
George Duke as himself
Jim Pons as himself (uncredited)
Pamela Des Barres as the interviewer
Martin Lickert as “Jeff”
Janet Neville-Ferguson as Groupie #1
Lucy Offerall as Groupie #2
Dick Barber as Chunga – The Vacuum Cleaner
Judy Gridley as the chorus leader

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200 Motels Box Set

200 Motels Box Set
$100
100.00
Available

Box Set containing:

Double Disc DVD. The film DVD is mastered from Tony Palmer’s original 2" masters. This is for the first time these masters have ever being used. The second disc contains extra material specially edited by 200 Motels original director – Tony Palmer.

Double sound track CD

36 page A4 full colour book put together by Tony Palmer including a specially written essay by Tony for this project.
A3 reproduction poster
A3 reproduction promotional materials
A5 reproduction lobby cards
Special 200 Motels Hotel Door Hanger
Signed (by Tony Palmer) and numbered certificate.

200 Motels Box Set & T Shirt Bundle

200 Motels Box Set & T Shirt Bundle
$109.50
109.50
Available

Box Set containing:

Double Disc DVD. The film DVD is mastered from Tony Palmer’s original 2" masters. This is for the first time these masters have ever being used. The second disc contains extra material specially edited by 200 Motels original director – Tony Palmer.

Double sound track CD

36 page A4 full colour book put together by Tony Palmer including a specially written essay by Tony for this project.
A3 reproduction poster
A3 reproduction promotional materials
A5 reproduction lobby cards
Special 200 Motels Hotel Door Hanger
Signed (by Tony Palmer) and numbered certificate.

200 Motels 2DVD Signed by Tony Palmer

200 Motels 2DVD Signed by Tony Palmer
$47
47.00
Available

Double Disc DVD. The film DVD is mastered from Tony Palmer’s original 2" masters. This is for the first time these masters have ever being used. The second disc contains extra material specially edited by 200 Motels original director – Tony Palmer.

200 Motels 2CD Signed by Tony Palmer

200 Motels 2CD Signed by Tony Palmer
$32.50
32.50
Available

Double Soundtrack CD

Tracklist:

Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture
Mystery Roach
Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue)
Tuna Fish Promenade
Dance Of The Just Plain Folks
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise)
The Sealed Tuna Bolero
Lonesome Cowboy Burt,
Vocals Jimmy Carl Black
Touring Can Make You Crazy
Would You Like A Snack?
Redneck Eats
Centerville
She Painted Up Her Face
Janet’s Big Dance Number
Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
Mysterious
Shove It Right In
Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude

I’m Stealing The Towels
Dental Hygiene Dilemma
Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
Penis Dimension
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning
A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes
Magic Fingers
Motorhead’s Midnight Ranch
Dew On The Newts We Got
The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts
The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth
The Girl’s Dream
Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce
Strictly Genteel (The Finale)

Bonus Tracks
CUT1 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT2 “The Wide Screen Erupts…”
CUT3 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT4 “Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels…”
Magic Fingers (Single Edit)

2CD & 2DVD Bundle Signed by Tony Palmer

2CD & 2DVD Bundle Signed by Tony Palmer
$79.50
79.50
Available

Double Disc DVD. The film DVD is mastered from Tony Palmer’s original 2" masters. This is for the first time these masters have ever being used. The second disc contains extra material specially edited by 200 Motels original director – Tony Palmer.

Double sound track CD

Tracklist:

Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture
Mystery Roach
Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue)
Tuna Fish Promenade
Dance Of The Just Plain Folks
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise)
The Sealed Tuna Bolero
Lonesome Cowboy Burt,
Vocals Jimmy Carl Black
Touring Can Make You Crazy
Would You Like A Snack?
Redneck Eats
Centerville
She Painted Up Her Face
Janet’s Big Dance Number
Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
Mysterious
Shove It Right In
Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude

I’m Stealing The Towels
Dental Hygiene Dilemma
Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
Penis Dimension
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning
A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes
Magic Fingers
Motorhead’s Midnight Ranch
Dew On The Newts We Got
The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts
The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth
The Girl’s Dream
Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce
Strictly Genteel (The Finale)

Bonus Tracks
CUT1 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT2 “The Wide Screen Erupts…”
CUT3 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT4 “Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels…”
Magic Fingers (Single Edit)

Signed CD & DVD & T Shirt Bundle

Signed CD & DVD & T Shirt Bundle
$99
99.00
Available

Double Disc DVD. The film DVD is mastered from Tony Palmer’s original 2" masters. This is for the first time these masters have ever being used. The second disc contains extra material specially edited by 200 Motels original director – Tony Palmer. Signed by Tony Palmer.

Double sound track CD & T Shirt

Tracklist:

Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture
Mystery Roach
Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue)
Tuna Fish Promenade
Dance Of The Just Plain Folks
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise)
The Sealed Tuna Bolero
Lonesome Cowboy Burt,
Vocals Jimmy Carl Black
Touring Can Make You Crazy
Would You Like A Snack?
Redneck Eats
Centerville
She Painted Up Her Face
Janet’s Big Dance Number
Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
Mysterious
Shove It Right In
Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude

I’m Stealing The Towels
Dental Hygiene Dilemma
Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
Penis Dimension
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning
A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes
Magic Fingers
Motorhead’s Midnight Ranch
Dew On The Newts We Got
The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts
The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth
The Girl’s Dream
Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce
Strictly Genteel (The Finale)

Bonus Tracks
CUT1 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT2 “The Wide Screen Erupts…”
CUT3 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT4 “Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels…”
Magic Fingers (Single Edit)

CD & DVD & T Shirt Bundle

CD & DVD & T Shirt Bundle
$71.50
71.50
Available

Double Disc DVD. The film DVD is mastered from Tony Palmer’s original 2" masters. This is for the first time these masters have ever being used. The second disc contains extra material specially edited by 200 Motels original director – Tony Palmer.

Double sound track CD & T shirt

Tracklist:

Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture
Mystery Roach
Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue)
Tuna Fish Promenade
Dance Of The Just Plain Folks
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise)
The Sealed Tuna Bolero
Lonesome Cowboy Burt,
Vocals Jimmy Carl Black
Touring Can Make You Crazy
Would You Like A Snack?
Redneck Eats
Centerville
She Painted Up Her Face
Janet’s Big Dance Number
Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
Mysterious
Shove It Right In
Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude

I’m Stealing The Towels
Dental Hygiene Dilemma
Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
Penis Dimension
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning
A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes
Magic Fingers
Motorhead’s Midnight Ranch
Dew On The Newts We Got
The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts
The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth
The Girl’s Dream
Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce
Strictly Genteel (The Finale)

Bonus Tracks
CUT1 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT2 “The Wide Screen Erupts…”
CUT3 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT4 “Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels…”
Magic Fingers (Single Edit)

Signed DVD & T Shirt Bundle

Signed DVD & T Shirt Bundle
$60.50
60.50
Available

Double Disc DVD. The film DVD is mastered from Tony Palmer’s original 2" masters. This is for the first time these masters have ever being used. The second disc contains extra material specially edited by 200 Motels original director – Tony Palmer.

Signed by Tony Palmer.

& T Shirt.

Signed CD & T Shirt Bundle

Signed CD & T Shirt Bundle
$52
52.00
Available

Double soundtrack CD signed by Tony Palmer & T shirt.

Tracklist:

Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture
Mystery Roach
Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue)
Tuna Fish Promenade
Dance Of The Just Plain Folks
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise)
The Sealed Tuna Bolero
Lonesome Cowboy Burt,
Vocals Jimmy Carl Black
Touring Can Make You Crazy
Would You Like A Snack?
Redneck Eats
Centerville
She Painted Up Her Face
Janet’s Big Dance Number
Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
Mysterious
Shove It Right In
Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude

I’m Stealing The Towels
Dental Hygiene Dilemma
Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
Penis Dimension
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning
A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes
Magic Fingers
Motorhead’s Midnight Ranch
Dew On The Newts We Got
The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts
The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth
The Girl’s Dream
Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce
Strictly Genteel (The Finale)

Bonus Tracks
CUT1 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT2 “The Wide Screen Erupts…”
CUT3 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT4 “Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels…”
Magic Fingers (Single Edit)

DVD & T Shirt Bundle

DVD & T Shirt Bundle
$48
48.00
Available

Double Disc DVD. The film DVD is mastered from Tony Palmer’s original 2" masters. This is for the first time these masters have ever being used. The second disc contains extra material specially edited by 200 Motels original director – Tony Palmer.

& T Shirt.

2CD & 2DVD Bundle

2CD & 2DVD Bundle
$52
52.00
Available

Double Disc DVD. The film DVD is mastered from Tony Palmer’s original 2" masters. This is for the first time these masters have ever being used. The second disc contains extra material specially edited by 200 Motels original director – Tony Palmer.

Double sound track CD

Tracklist:

Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture
Mystery Roach
Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue)
Tuna Fish Promenade
Dance Of The Just Plain Folks
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise)
The Sealed Tuna Bolero
Lonesome Cowboy Burt,
Vocals Jimmy Carl Black
Touring Can Make You Crazy
Would You Like A Snack?
Redneck Eats
Centerville
She Painted Up Her Face
Janet’s Big Dance Number
Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
Mysterious
Shove It Right In
Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude

I’m Stealing The Towels
Dental Hygiene Dilemma
Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
Penis Dimension
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning
A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes
Magic Fingers
Motorhead’s Midnight Ranch
Dew On The Newts We Got
The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts
The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth
The Girl’s Dream
Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce
Strictly Genteel (The Finale)

Bonus Tracks
CUT1 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT2 “The Wide Screen Erupts…”
CUT3 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT4 “Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels…”
Magic Fingers (Single Edit)

2CD & T Shirt Bundle

2CD & T Shirt Bundle
$39
39.00
Available

Double soundtrack CD & T shirt

Tracklist:

Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture
Mystery Roach
Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue)
Tuna Fish Promenade
Dance Of The Just Plain Folks
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise)
The Sealed Tuna Bolero
Lonesome Cowboy Burt,
Vocals Jimmy Carl Black
Touring Can Make You Crazy
Would You Like A Snack?
Redneck Eats
Centerville
She Painted Up Her Face
Janet’s Big Dance Number
Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
Mysterious
Shove It Right In
Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude

I’m Stealing The Towels
Dental Hygiene Dilemma
Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
Penis Dimension
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning
A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes
Magic Fingers
Motorhead’s Midnight Ranch
Dew On The Newts We Got
The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts
The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth
The Girl’s Dream
Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce
Strictly Genteel (The Finale)

Bonus Tracks
CUT1 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT2 “The Wide Screen Erupts…”
CUT3 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT4 “Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels…”
Magic Fingers (Single Edit)

A2 Poster Signed by Tony Palmer

A2 Poster Signed by Tony Palmer
$39
39.00
Available

A2 replica film poster, signed by Tony Palmer

A3 Poster Signed by Tony Palmer

A3 Poster Signed by Tony Palmer
$32.50
32.50
Available

A3 replica poster signed by Tony Palmer.

Signed Programme

Signed Programme
$32.50
32.50
Available

Tony Palmer’s specially produced 36 page programme about the making of 200 Motels, includes his specially written essay and previously unseen photographs. Signed by Tony.

200 Motels 2CD

200 Motels  2CD
$23.50
23.50
Available

Double soundtrack CD.

Tracklist:

Semi-Fraudulent/Direct-From-Hollywood Overture
Mystery Roach
Dance Of The Rock & Roll Interviewers
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Prologue)
Tuna Fish Promenade
Dance Of The Just Plain Folks
This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich (Reprise)
The Sealed Tuna Bolero
Lonesome Cowboy Burt,
Vocals Jimmy Carl Black
Touring Can Make You Crazy
Would You Like A Snack?
Redneck Eats
Centerville
She Painted Up Her Face
Janet’s Big Dance Number
Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
Mysterious
Shove It Right In
Lucy’s Seduction Of A Bored Violinist & Postlude

I’m Stealing The Towels
Dental Hygiene Dilemma
Does This Kind Of Life Look Interesting To You?
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
Penis Dimension
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning
A Nun Suit Painted On Some Old Boxes
Magic Fingers
Motorhead’s Midnight Ranch
Dew On The Newts We Got
The Lad Searches The Night For His Newts
The Girl Wants To Fix Him Some Broth
The Girl’s Dream
Little Green Scratchy Sweaters & Courduroy Ponce
Strictly Genteel (The Finale)

Bonus Tracks
CUT1 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT2 “The Wide Screen Erupts…”
CUT3 “Coming Soon!…”
CUT4 “Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels…”
Magic Fingers (Single Edit)

200 Motels 2DVD

200 Motels 2DVD
$32.50
32.50
Available

Double Disc DVD. The film DVD is mastered from Tony Palmer’s original 2" masters. This is for the first time these masters have ever being used. The second disc contains extra material specially edited by 200 Motels original director – Tony Palmer.

A2 Poster

A2 Poster
$30
30.00
Available

A2 replica film poster

A3 Poster

A3 Poster
$20
20.00
Available

A3 replica film poster.

T-shirt

T-shirt
$19.50
19.50
Available

200 Motels logo T shirt.

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