Sunday blog: Frank Zappa’s “200 Motels”


One of Frank Zappa’s dearest wishes was to make a movie called “200 Motels,” about how tours make musicians go insane. Zappa finally made the movie in 1971, and it’s a raggedy mess, but there are some brilliant moments, and this video gives you the heart of the movie: a six-minute animated nightmare called “Dental Hygiene Dilemma,” in which bass-guitarist Jeff Simmons is torn between Good (personified by an incense-burning Donovan) and Evil (personified by a Zappaesque demon wearing a crash helmet).



Take some of your favorite medication and watch it. It’s a good old time.



God, I wish it were 1971 again.



What am I saying?  No, of course I don’t!







About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

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