Video From Hell

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VHS edition front cover
Released 1987

Video From Hell is a video released in 1987. It is a compilation of pieces of music and video from a series of projects that FZ presumably planned to finish and release for home video, including a companion video for the You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore series of albums, however these projects were ultimately never completed.

Many pieces from this video had previously appeared on a one-hour Night Flight special entitled "You Are What You Watch". The music video for the song "G-Spot Tornado" features color 8mm footage that Zappa shot at a county fair in the early 1960s, while the music video for "Night School" features footage from the making of his feature film 200 Motels. It also features the music video for "You Are What You Is" which was banned by MTV. A guitar solo duet between Zappa and Steve Vai taken from the song "Stevie's Spanking" was later released on You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4.



  1. Video From Hell (unidentified Synclavier music)
  2. G-Spot Tornado from Jazz From Hell
  3. St. Etienne from Jazz From Hell
  4. Stevie's Spanking from You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4
  5. You Are What You Is (The Music Video) from You Are What You Is
  6. Night School from Jazz From Hell
  7. Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague from Uncle Meat
  8. King Kong from Baby Snakes (The Movie)
  9. Mother People from We're Only In It For The Money (1987)
  10. Mr. Green Genes from Uncle Meat
  11. King Kong from You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3
  12. Bogus Pomp from L.S.O. Vol. II

Release Notes

Video was packaged with Honker "No-D" Glasses^br° Formats: VHS (NTSC and PAL), Beta

Liner Notes

What Would Happen If TV Was Like This All The Time?
Back cover:
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 releases) along with segments of 1988 shows still in preparation ('YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE' – which will be released after the multi-CD package, 'I Need Your Love – the homespun philosophy of Al Malkin, and 'An American Dissident' – the homespun philosophy of Frank Zappa).

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ZFT # Version # # discs Format Catalog # Release
Artwork Comment
n/a VHS 1 VHS CS Honker Home Video
MPI #MP 4001
1987-02-28 0013347312132
  62 min, NTSC.