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List: Frank Zappa References in MST3K

Compiled by Michael Slusher

Based on my long-held theory that there is, on the average, at least one Frank Zappa reference per episode, I have begun tracking the occurances as I run across them. This list is not complete, so if you have any items to add to this list, or have any questions regarding specific references, please write me at cheepnis at cheepnis dotcom or visit my site Enjoy!

Last updated on Friday, January 4, 2002
Some nitty-gritty:

K00-The Green Slime Unknown
K01- Invaders from the Deep Unknown
K02- Revenge of the Mysterons Unknown
K03- Star Force - Fugitive Alien II Unknown
K19- Hangar 18 1:22 - (After General Morrison is warned about his actions) Joel sings: "His career will take a thud" - Servo sings: "Unless he sits and drinks a bud" (The real line Tom is quoting would not be allowed on TV) <Yo Cats - FZMTMOP>
201- Rocketship X-M A great many elements of this movie are referenced in Zappa's "The Radio Is Broken" - In fact, about half of the song seems to be about this movie in particular. <The Radio Is Broken - TMFU> Ironically, no Zappa references by Joel or the 'bots were identified.
203- Jungle Goddess 0:30 - (Regarding the fact a bad movie follows the short) Dr. Forrester: "Well, as you know Joel, the torture never stops around here" <The Torture Never Stops - ZA>
206- Ring of Terror 0:07 - (Reading a sign) Joel: "Hey! look at that, Tom! it says..." - Joel and Tom in unison: "Centerville, a real great place to raise your kids up" <Centerville - 200 Motels>
208- Lost Continent 0:00 - Dr. Forrester sports a Zappa mustache
209- The Hellcats 0:00 - (Upon seeing two bikers) Crow: "Look, it's Flo and Eddie." <Names Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan took after leaving The Turtles and joining The Mothers>
213- Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster 0:26 - (Regarding background music) Crow: "Gotta find that rhythm combo; sounds like the Mothers of Invention."
301- Cave Dwellers 0:20 - (Regarding the character Thong) Servo: "Played here by Jimmy Carl Black of the Mothers of Invention."
310- Fugitive Alien 1:25 - (Regarding an alien) Tom: "Hey, it's Jimmy Carl Black, the indian of the group." - Joel: "Yeah, from the Mothers" <Are You Hung Up? - WOIIFTM>
311- It Conquered the World The definitive MST-Zappa cross-over movie, since Zappa discusses its cheesiness at length in the song Cheepnis. Ironically, no refs by Joel 'n bots were Identified. <Cheepnis - RAE>
312- Gamera vs. Guiron 1:13 - (While Akiyo's head is being shaved) Servo and Crow in unison: "Weasels ripped my flesh! Rzzzzzz!" <WRMF - cover art>
313- Earth vs. the Spider The giant spider is referenced in Frank Zappa's "Cheepnis" and in "The Radio Is Broken" <RAE and TMFU, respectively> No Zappa references by Joel and the 'bots were identified, however.
315- Teenage Caveman 0:02 - (While watching a lightning storm) Joel : "Must be about 2 miles... Right over Centerville." <Centerville - 200 Motels>
0:47 - Caveman: "Age is not always truth" - Servo: "And truth is not always beauty" <Packard Goose - JG>
317- Viking Women and the Sea Serpent 0:17 - (As the characters examine clothing) Crow : "Is that a real poncho or a Sears poncho?" <Cosmik Debris - A> - Joel: "Watch those huskies..." <Don't Eat The Yellow Snow - A>
323- Castle of Fu Manchu 0:45 - (As Fu's daughter) Crow: "Dad, like, I'm almost sure! Gag me!" <Valley Girl - SATLTSADW>
324- Master Ninja II 0:45 - (upon appearance of similar-looking character) Joel: "It's Jimmy Carl Black"
402- The Giant Gila Monster 0:33 - (As a hip teen) Tom: "Hungry freaks, daddy!" <Hungry Freaks, Daddy - FO>
404- Teenagers from Outer Space 0:26 - (at the house of Betty) Tom: "This looks like a nice place to bring your kids up." <Centerville - 200 Motels>
405- Being from Another Planet 1:39 - (As Suzy runs away from mummy) Servo: "Suzy Creamcheese, what's got into you?" <The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet - FO>
406- Attack of the Giant Leeches 1:19 - (regarding the cheesy costumes) Servo: "The leeches are just guys in fancy ponchos" - Joel: "They're Sears ponchos". <Cosmik Debris - A>
407- The Killer Shrews 1:14 - (As a shrew bites somebody) Crow: "Weasels ripped my flesh!" - Joel: "Rzzzzzz!" <WRMF - cover art>
409- The Indestructible Man 0:08 - (during the intro of Anga Khan) Tom: "Actually, he looks like Jimmy Carl Black, doesn't he?" - Crow: "the Indian of the group" <Are You Hung Up? - WOIIFTM>
0:22 - (While viewing LA) Joel: "Whoa, Centerville, a real nice place to bring your kids up in" <Centerville - 200 Motels>
1:39 - (While looking at old car) Crow: "We could crash in my Nash" - Tom: "Cruising for burgers" <The Air - UM; Cruising For Burgers - UM>
410- Hercules Against the Moon Men During the "Super Freak Out" Invention Exchange on the "Poopie!" outtakes video, Servo sings "Kansas Kansas - doo-doo-doo" . <It Can't Happen Here - FO>
412- Hercules and the Captive Women 0:52 - (During dance scene) Crow: "Hey, they're dancing to Uncle Meat by Frank Zappa!" - Servo: "Sounds like Dog Breath in the Year of the Plague - (singing) Cucuroo carucha, Chevy '39" <Dog Breath in the Year of the Plague - UM>
414- Tormented 1:56 - Joel (while bemoaning film darkness and discussing how to wipe away the dark smelly images that are...: "...knirping for moisture" <Penguin In Bondage - RAE>
417- Crash of Moons 0:26 - (While drawing a diagram) Rocky: "Now assume this is the space station" - Joel: "and assume this is a ship arriving too late to save a drowning witch." <SATLTSADW>
418- Attack of the the Eye Creatures 1:24 - Servo singing while wacky music plays: "fuzzy dice and bongos, fuzzy dice! La la la la la!" <Dog Breath - UM>
419- The Rebel Set 0:37 - (Upons seeing Bikel's name on sign) Joel: "Theo Bikel? Must be '200 Motels" <200 Motels>
1:14 - (Regarding vibes on the soundtrack) Tom: "Tell Zappa to turn the music down; Ruth Underwood wants her vibes back".
422- The Day the Earth Froze 1:40 - (during blizzard) Crow: "Watch out where the Huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow" <Don't Eat The Yellow Snow - A>
423- Bride of the Monster 1:02 - (Upon seeing old car) Servo (singing): "We can crash, in my Nash" <The Air - UM>
424- "Manos", the Hands of Fate 0:23 - (Upon seeing pet poodle) Servo: "Hey look! Poodle bites, poodle chews" <Dirty Love - OS>
0:42 - (Regarding the painting of The Master) Servo: "It's a Frank Frazzetta of Frank Zappa"
506- Eegah! 0:10 - (Upon seeing the mummy's clothes during the opening credits) Crow: "Is that a real poncho or a Sears poncho?" <Cosmik Debris - A>
0:00- Arch Hall Jr: "Roxy!" - Servo: "...and Elsewhere!" <RAE>
508- Operation Double 007 1:06 - (Upon mention of a dynamo) Joel: "Dinah Moe Hum." <Dinah Moe Hum - OS>
514- Teenage Strangler 0:34 - Girl: "Did you hear something?" - Crow: "Sounds like Ruth Underwood."
518- Atomic Brain 0:00 - (Regarding soundtrack) Mike: "Do I hear Ruth Underwood?"
0:00 - (Regarding soundtrack) Mike: "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask" <Prelude to the Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask - WRMF>
522- Teenage Crimewave Movie is set in Antelope Valley, CA where Zappa went to high school (Antelope Valley High)
523- Village of the Giants Ending credit song tribute (shared w/ TV's Frank) and FZ RIP memorial screen for the stinger.
601- Girls Town 0:10 - (While man attacks woman) Crow: "A weasel ripped my dress.... Rzzzzzz!" <Weasels Ripped My Flesh - cover art>
0:15 - (To lyrics in song during movie opening credits) Crow: "Why does it hurt when I P & Q?" <Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? - JG>
610- The Violent Years 1:20 - (During a pojama party) Crow: "Po-jama party people" <Po-Jama People - OSFA>
616- Racket Girls 0:39 - (Upon seeing character Peaches) Servo: "Peaches EN Regalia!" <Peaches En Regalia - HR>
621- The Beast of Yucca Flats 0:30 - (During first Host Segment) Servo (singing): "Fuzzy dice, bongos in the back..." <Dog Breath - UM>
622- Angels' Revenge 0:00 - (Upon seeing limo) Crow: "You and your date will be chauffeured to lovely Centerville, MN" <Centerville - 200 Motels>
0:00 - (To similar soundtrack) Servo (singing) "Fuzzy dice and bongos" <Dog Breath - UM> - Servo: "Frank Zappa" - Mike: "Yes, I know"
1:15 - (Regarding villian's clothes) Crow: "Is he wearing a Sears 12-piece suit, or is that from the Johnny Carson collection?" <Cosmic Debris - A>
702- The Brute Man In the mid-1970's, Zappa would occasionally introduce himself onstage as Rondo Hatton.
704- The Incredible Melting Man 0:00 - (In response to soundtrack) Crow (singing): "Fuzzy dice and bongos, fuzzy dice" - Servo: "La la la la" <Dog Breath - UM>
801- Revenge of the Creature The creature is referred to in Zappa's "Cheepnis" <RAE> No Zappa references by Mike and the 'bots are identified, however.
802- The Leech Woman 0:39 - (In response to the soundtrack) Tom (singing): "Moving to Montana soon, gonna be a mental flossed tycoon" <Montana - OS>
808- The She Creature 0:00 - (When hypnotist offers substance) Crow: "My Zappa boots" <Stinkfoot(?) - A>
901- The Projected Man 1:17 - (Upon Steiner removing his glove) Crow: "Smell the Glove" <Be In My Video - TOU>
904- Werewolf 1:08 - (Upon seeing wound on victims shoulder) Mike: "Wow! Weasels ripped my flesh again!" <Weasels Ripped My Flesh - WRMF>
1001- SoulTaker 0:27 - (As main characters are driving away from the park) Mike: "Well, let's go to Centerville's Summer Fest." <Centerville - 200 Motels>

A big Thank You goes to the following contributers: Michael Shannon, Andrew Smith, Ian Miller, Chad, Clay Urquhart, Robert Isaacson - Additional material mined from the list compiled by Bob Eichler, referred to me by Rich Kegarise.