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The Dub Room Special
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Cover of original video release
Directed byFrank Zappa
Bruce Bickford (animated sequences)
Produced byFrank Zappa
Edited byFrank Zappa
Music byFrank Zappa
Distributed byHonker Home Video (U.S. videocassette release)
Eagle Vision (U.S. DVD release)
Release dates
  • 1983 (1983) (Video release)
  • October 2005 (2005-10) (DVD release)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Dub Room Special is a film produced by Frank Zappa for direct-to-video release in October, 1982. The video combines footage from a performance at the KCET studios in Los Angeles on August 27, 1974, a concert performed at The Palladium, New York City on October 31, 1981, some clay animation by Bruce Bickford, and several interviews. The 1974 footage was originally conceived as part of the TV special A Token of His Extreme. The entire production was edited in the "Dub Room" at Compact Video at a post-production facility in Burbank, California. A few of the Compact Video staff have brief appearances.

The videocassette was released in 1983, simultaneously with "Baby Snakes", only available through mail-order with a $49.98 price tag and quickly sold out. It was reissued on DVD on October 17, 2005. In 2007 a soundtrack with the same name was released. In 2013 the original "A Token Of His Extreme" video was released on DVD.

Track listing

  1. "Kim?"/The Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat
  2. Room Service
  3. Nig Biz
  4. Approximate
  5. Cosmik Debris
  6. Cocaine Decisions
  7. "The Massimo Bassoli Instant Italian Lesson"/Montana
  8. "In Case You Didn't Know"/Tengo Na Minchia Tanta
  9. Florentine Pogen
  10. Stevie's Spanking
  11. Stink-Foot
  12. Flakes
  13. Inca Roads
  14. Easy Meat
  15. "Huh-Huh-Huh"

The following sections were deleted from the original video release:


August 1974 band

October 1981 band