Uncle Meat

September 15th 1987
Uncle Meat

Main plot footage filmed at:
  • Royal Festival Hall, London, UK, October, 1968
  • Zappa House, Wadleigh Maurice Edit Room & Hollywood Ranch Market, Hollywood, CA, c. spring, 1970
  • Zappa Basement, 1982
Also includes footage from:
  • 1967 MOI at Garrick Theatre
  • 1967 MOI Recording Session for We're Only In It For The Money
  • We're Only In It For The Money Album Cover Photo Session
  • Vienna woods, October, 1968
  • Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany, October, 1968
  • Hotel Room, Berlin, Germany, October, 1968
  • MOI 8mm Home Movies, 1969 by Motorhead Sherwood
  • Festival Hall Rehearsal, Seven Sisters Road, London, UK, c. October 24, 1968
  • MOI Live Footage, Los Angeles, late 1968 by Cal Schenkel
  • Bruce Bickford Animation (on TV monitor)
  • The Dub Room Special! (on TV monitor)
The music heard:
  • Uncle Meat: Main Title Theme (from Uncle Meat)
  • Holiday In Berlin (from Ahead Of Their Time)
  • The Rejected Mexican Pope Leaves The Stage (from Ahead Of Their Time)
  • Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague (from Uncle Meat)
  • Undaunted, The Band Plays On (from Ahead Of Their Time)
  • Agency Man (from Ahead Of Their Time)
  • Epilogue (from Ahead Of Their Time)
  • Holiday In Berlin, Full Blown (from Burnt Weeny Sandwich)
  • Mr. Green Genes (from Uncle Meat)
  • Unidentified Synclavier Music
  • Mother People (from We're Only In It For The Money re-mix)
  • The Bun
  • I'm Using The Chicken To Measure It
  • Tengo Na Minchia Tanta (from Uncle Meat CD)
  • The Arrangement
  • I'm Not Satisfied (from Cruising With Ruben & The Jets re-mix)
Total running time: 100 min.
Cast & Crew:
Written, produced, directed and music composed by Frank Zappa
Cinematography: Haskell Wexler
Additional film by:
Frank Zappa
Cal Schenkel
Hermann Jauk
Ed Seeman
Ray Favata
Tom Mangrevede
Euclid James "Motorhead" Sherwood
Video Camera: Thomas Nordegg
Video Editors: Raymond Bush & Booey Kober
Film Editor: Maria DiGiovanni
Associate Producer: Jill Silverthorne
The Cast:
Phyllis Altenhaus as herself and also sometimes as Sheba Flieschman
Don Preston as himself (a.k.a. Dom DeWilde) and also sometimes as Biff Debris but most frequently as Uncle Meat
Frank Zappa as the imaginary director
Carl Zappa Young Minnesota Tishman
Aynsley Dunbar Biff Junior
Ray Collins Bill Yurds
Meredith Monk Red Face Girl
Massimo Bassoli Adult Minnesota Tishman
C. Mercedes Lewis Girl Who Was A Sofa
Francesca Fisher The Countess
Billy Mundi Rollo
Stumuk Elderly Biff Debris
As Themselves:
Haskell Wexler
The Guy From Alabama
Motorhead Sherwood
Bunk Gardner
Arthur Dyer Tripp III
Ian Underwood
Members of the BBC Orchestra
Jimmy Carl Black
Roy Estrada
Manfred Lerch
Fritz Rau
Tom Wilson
Sal Lombardo
Annie Zannas
Cal Schenkel
Dick Kunc
Lowell George
Buzz Gardner
Dick Barber
Miss Lucy
Janet Neville-Ferguson
Rodney Bingenheimer
The Egg Lady
Linda Ronstadt
And also (uncredited):
Gail Zappa
Jimi Hendrix