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Baby Snakes (1979)

Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Adrian Belew ... Himself - Guitar
Tommy Mars ... Himself - Keyboards
Terry Bozzio ... Himself - Drums
Kerry McNabb ... Himself - Soundman
Ron Delsener ... Himself - Concert Promoter
Bruce Bickford ... Himself - Animator
Robert Leacock ... Himself - Bickford's Cameraman (as Rob Leacock)
Ed Mann ... Himself - Percussion
Warren Cuccurullo ... Himself - Backstage Fan (as Warren Cucurullo)
Chrissie Martin ... Herself - Cuccurullo's Girlfriend (as Chris Martin)
Klaus Hundsbichler ... Himself - Bickford's Film Editor
Roy Estrada ... Himself - The Mexican Pope
John Smothers ... Himself - Zappa's Bodyguard
David B. Ditkowwich ... Himself - Brooklyn For Zappa (as David Ditkowich)
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Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation. Written by Dan Priebe <av313@detroit.freenet.org>

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Filmed in 1977, not released until 1979. See more »

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Frank Zappa: [referring to a stuffed animal's ass] We're gonna call this part "Burbank".
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The credited cast includes ""Frenchy the Poodle" (a stuffed toy); "Ms Pinky's Larger Sister" (a blow-up doll); "New York's Finest Crazy Persons"; "and probably lots more people whose names we couldn't find out, but whose assistance in making this film is greatly appreciated". See more »

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Featured in Frank Zappa: New York and Elsewhere (1980) See more »

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Dancin' Fool
Written, Produced and Performed by Frank Zappa
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Simply incredible.
21 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Nearly all aspects of Zappa creativity are reflected here: Several really long guitar solos, the classic "goofy" crowd pleasing songs, amazing playing by the band (Black Page 2 and many others), funny monologues, on-stage audience participation bits as well as some amazing conducting on some free-form pieces. It's also interesting to compare this to "Does Humor..." which I also love. It's true that in "Does Humor..." the video quality is cleaner, but I actually like that slightly fuzzy older look. But more importantly, in BBSNX Zappa is much, much more energetic, and in addition, the individual talents of the band members really shine here: Tommy Mars has a truly amazing keyboard solo and Terry Bozzio is utilized to the max, including performing, possibly, the best drum solo I've seen on video. I also liked the fact that the audio/video sync is pretty much 99.9% right on. No overdubs, no nothing - what you hear is what you see ("The Song Remains The Same" comes to mind as an unfortunate example of the opposite). I read some complaints about the back stage antics and the claymation stuff (which I liked). keep in mind though, this DVD is so long that even if you skip those things you still get two full hours of first rate concert footage. Enjoy!

How I miss Frank... Can you imagine what he may have had to say today about the state of music, politics and everything in between?


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