What are your memories of working with Frank Zappa on 200 Motels?
Pablo S Alonso, Argentina
It was great, from day one. I got a message from our office. “Frank Zappa wants to talk to you about something.” So I said, “Tell Frank to come over to the house.” He came over and he laid out this whole score, at least 25 pages of the score. I said, “Well, what are you showing me that for, Frank? I can’t read music.” He said, “I just wanted to show you.” He said, “Will you play me in the movie?” It was really easy, he was a nice guy, so I said, “Sure.” I did like Frank. I’d met him several times. He was a beautiful human being. As far as I was concerned, his music was crazy – but that’s one man’s opinion. But the memory of the movie was, he’d followed the band around and secretly taped their conversations and then turned it into a song and forced them to sing it. He was a lot of fun!