8.4/10
300
3 user

Does Humor Belong in Music? (1985)

Frank Zappa and his band in a digitally recorded live performance at "The Pier" in New York, NY on August 26, 1984.

Director:

Frank Zappa

Writer:

Frank Zappa
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Baby Snakes (1979)
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

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

Director: Frank Zappa
Stars: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Tommy Mars
200 Motels (1971)
Comedy | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

"Touring makes you crazy," Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the... See full summary »

Directors: Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa
Stars: Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Ian Underwood
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A concert movie showing a performance by the much-loved 1973 incarnation of the Mothers of Invention. An incredible cast of musicians treat us to a selection of blistering, pointillist jazz... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zappa
Stars: Frank Zappa, Ruth Underwood, Napoleon Murphy Brock
The Dub Room Special! (Video 1984)
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Directors: Dick Darley, Clark Santee, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Frank Zappa, George Duke, Ruth Underwood
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An in-depth look at the life and work of avant-garde musician, Frank Zappa.

Director: Thorsten Schütte
Stars: Frank Zappa, Steve Allen, Angel
Video from Hell (Video 1985)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

In a little over an hour, 'VIDEO FROM HELL' provides a preview of current and projected Honker releases, including 'BABY SNAKES', 'THE TRUE STORY OF 200 MOTELS' and 'UNCLE MEAT' (all 1987 ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zappa
Stars: Phyllis Smith Altenhaus, Dick Barber, Adrian Belew
Uncle Meat (Video 1987)
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This is a documentary about an unfinished movie. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention try to film the sci-fi epic "Uncle Meat."

Director: Frank Zappa
Stars: Phyllis Smith Altenhaus, Dick Barber, Massimo Bassoli
Animation | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Several pieces of Frank Zappa's music are set against clay animation by Bruce Bickford.

Directors: Frank Zappa, Bruce Bickford
Stars: Bruce Bickford, Frank Zappa
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Using takes and rehearsals discarded from the original edit plus interviews made during the shooting, Zappa reconstructs the bizarre story of 200 Motels, one of the most problematic ... See full synopsis »

Director: Frank Zappa
Stars: Phyllis Smith Altenhaus, Dick Barber, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Clockwise (1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An obsessively punctual comprehensive school headmaster sets out to give an important speech at the annual Headmasters' Conference.

Director: Christopher Morahan
Stars: John Cleese, Penny Leatherbarrow, Howard Lloyd-Lewis
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.

Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weis
Stars: Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar
Da Ali G Show (2000–2004)
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen appears as Ali G, a rapper-wannabe from Staines. Ali G has his own TV show, where he interviews people on serious subjects. They're not aware that Ali G is just a... See full summary »

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve Ellington, T.N.T. Crew
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Frank Zappa ... Guitar, Vocal
Ray White Ray White ... Guitar, Vocal
Ike Willis Ike Willis ... Guitar, Vocal
Bobby Martin Bobby Martin ... Keys, Vocal
Allan Zavod Allan Zavod ... Keys
Scott Thunes Scott Thunes ... Bass
Chad Wackerman Chad Wackerman ... Drums
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pablo Guzmán Pablo Guzmán ... Interview: WNEW, New York City
Edit

Storyline

Frank Zappa and his band in a digitally recorded live performance at "The Pier" in New York, NY on August 26, 1984.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Group That Does Everything Wrong.


Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1992 (Portugal) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3 full frame
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Zappa: Hello. There's a lot of people out there! How ya doin'? One moment, please.
See more »

Connections

References Video from Hell (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Be In My Video
Written and Performed by Frank Zappa
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Frank, you are missed
20 March 2000 | by WazooSee all my reviews

Considering what has been on the pop charts over the past fifty years, it's such a disappointment to realise that Frank Zappa was indeed one of the most under-appreciated artists in the history of music. Fortunately, video artifacts like this one can show the uninitiated what a terrific composer, guitarist and bandleader FZ really was.

There are some flaws here -- this NYC concert was from his 1984 tour, probably his weakest ever, and the selection of songs favours the raunchy crowd-pleasers over the wildly inventive complicated instrumentals -- but overall it's a fantastic representation of Frank's fabulous guitar playing, his band's instrumental capabilities, the great humour and FZ's penchant for just not caring about what people think.

If you want a better FZ band and performance, try and find a copy of the May 1988 Barcelona concert. In the meantime, get yourself a copy of DHBIM and witness rock's only true genius in action.


16 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed