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We're Only in It for the Money

We're Only in It for the Money

by The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention
We're Only in It for the Money

We're Only in It for the Money

by The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention


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From the beginning, Frank Zappa cultivated a role as voice of the freaks -- imaginative outsiders who didn't fit comfortably into any group. We're Only in It for the Money is the ultimate expression of that sensibility, a satirical masterpiece that simultaneously skewered the hippies and the straights as prisoners of the same narrow-minded, superficial phoniness. Zappa's barbs were vicious and perceptive, and not just humorously so: his seemingly paranoid vision of authoritarian violence against the counterculture was borne out two years later by the Kent State killings. Like Freak Out, We're Only in It for the Money essentially devotes its first half to satire, and its second half to presenting alternatives. Despite some specific references, the first-half suite is still wickedly funny, since its targets remain immediately recognizable. The second half shows where his sympathies lie, with character sketches of Zappa's real-life freak acquaintances, a carefree utopia in "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance," and the strident, unironic protest "Mother People." Regardless of how dark the subject matter, there's a pervasively surreal, whimsical flavor to the music, sort of like Sgt. Pepper as a creepy nightmare. Some of the instruments and most of the vocals have been manipulated to produce odd textures and cartoonish voices; most songs are abbreviated, segue into others through edited snippets of music and dialogue, or are broken into fragments by more snippets, consistently interrupting the album's continuity. Compositionally, though, the music reveals itself as exceptionally strong, and Zappa's politics and satirical instinct have rarely been so focused and relevant, making We're Only in It for the Money quite probably his greatest achievement.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2012
Label: Zappa Records
UPC: 0824302383728
catalogNumber: 3837
Rank: 32571


  1. Are You Hung Up?
  2. Who Needs the Peace Corps?
  3. Concentration Moon
  4. Mom & Dad
  5. Telephone Conversation
  6. Bow Tie Daddy
  7. Harry, You're a Beast
  8. What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?
  9. Absolutely Free
  10. Flower Punk
  11. Hot Poop
  12. Nasal Retentive Calliope Music
  13. Let's Make the Water Turn Black
  14. The Idiot Bastard Son
  15. Lonely Little Girl
  16. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
  17. What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body? (Reprise)
  18. Mother People
  19. The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mothers of Invention   Primary Artist
Jimmy Carl Black   Trumpet,Drums,Vocals
Roy Estrada   Electric Bass,Vocals
Frank Zappa   Conductor
Bunk Gardner   Woodwind
Billy Mundi   Drums,Vocals
Ian Underwood   Piano,Woodwind
Euclid James Sherwood   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Frank Zappa   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration,Concept,Execution
Dick Kunc   Engineer,Remixing
Cal Schenkel   Artwork
Tom Wilson   Executive Producer
Gary Kellgren   Engineer

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