Fz had by 1971 spent large chunks of the preceding five years on the road,and had been sporadically writing music based on these experiences.This is the fundamental problem of "200 Motels" if you've never been on tour with a rock band-it's so full of in-jokes and references that nobody but a touring rock musician would recognise as to be incomprehensible to non-combatants. Sure,there's some funny lines,and some of the music is pretty tasty("Magic Fingers",for example)but the acting is hopeless-what do you expect from musicians who are not and never will be trained actors.The script was more or less improvised while shooting was ongoing.Ther best bits are some animation sequences. In short,awful.FZ fans by and large think it's abysmal,and it's rare that you'll hear a FZ covers band play any of the music.The soundtrack is available on CD,after a very long period of unavailability,and,as FZ was a musician first and foremost,any Zappaphile would be better off with this rather tahn the film.If you have to watch it,buy it secondhand.
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