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We're Only in It for the Money is the third studio album by American rock band the Mothers of Invention, released on March 4, 1968 by Verve Records. As with the band's first two efforts, it is a concept album, and satirizes left- and right-wing politics, particularly the hippie subculture, as well as the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was conceived as part of a project called No Commercial Potential, which produced three other albums: Lumpy Gravy, Cruising with Ruben & the Jets, and Uncle Meat. We're Only in It for the Money encompasses rock, experimental music, and psychedelic rock, with orchestral segments deriving from the recording sessions for Lumpy Gravy, which was previously issued as a solo instrumental album by Capitol Records and was subsequently reedited by frontman Frank Zappa and released by Verve; the reedited Lumpy Gravy was produced simultaneously with We're Only in It for the Money and is the first part of a conceptual continuity, continued with the reedited Lumpy Gravy and concluded with Zappa's final album Civilization Phaze III (1994).
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Really enjoyed this one. Having heard some of the best and worst of San Fran psychedelia over the course of doing this, it is refreshing to hear true weirdo music that wants to poke fun at the whole scene. Who Needs The Peace Corps, Let's Make the Water Turn Black and What's The Ugliest Part of Your Body are all highlights. The album is packed too - one of those great albums where nothing sticks around longer than absolutely necessary. Hot Rats did nothing for me, I enjoyed Freak Out, but this is a bone fide classic.
Sophomoric, anti-hippy sound collage psych.
Frank is an acquired taste. This album was a little too odd for my liking
I’m quite apprehensive about this album. Having heard only one Frank Zappa album before, I go into this with pretty low hopes. I actually went back to look at my last review for Joe’s Garage, and I’m surprised I rated it as highly as I did, because I thought I didn’t like it. I guess I was wrong and I just have a bad memory. Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Absolutely Free I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that this album was absolutely awful. There is lots of noise that I wouldn’t really consider music, parts where music is played backwards instead, and generally just comes across as really annoying. The only times where I’d find myself saying, “Well, this song is decent at least,” was only because it came after something that made my ears bleed. Taken in isolation, even the better songs on this album are still pretty bad. Don’t listen to this album. Do something better with your time.
9/10 always love hearing a Frank Zappa album don’t get me wrong, Sgt. Peppers is one of my favorite albums but it’s so much fun hearing these guys parody it
I'm convinced Zappa's brain must've naturally produced too much DMT or something. He didn't need to use them to get it. For someone who not only didn't use, but despised psychedelic drugs and its entire culture, he truly made some of the greatest psychedelic music this world has ever seen, and this unique work is absolutely no exception. "What's there to live foooorr"
zappa é mor doidão né
I don't know what else there is to say about Zappa...
Yes boys and girls this album was done without the use of drugs Frank Zappa was an amazing musician and composer. This album should be listened to multiple times to get all the lyrical inside jokes and the complexity of the music To use a late 60’s phrase, this album was a mind blower
This shit is tight.
First, the label's inversion of the artwork was and always will be bullshit. This is not just the proper cover but the better cover. And a better indication of what you're about to get. Which is absolute madcap genius and blazing satire. This is my absolute favourite Zappa album, easy. Brilliant takedowns of hippies, right-wingers and the LAPD. There is a lot going on throughout and some of the transitions and oddities will likely drive many folks a bit bonkers, but I think it just makes the whole thing all the more brilliant.
Loved it! I enjoy good avant garde rock music and Frank Zappa is the best at it.
Zappa! Experimentation and commentary. Awesome album.
lets make the water turb balck
Hi i'm Jimmy Carl Black and I'm the Indian of the group Prefs: Who Needs The Peace Corps?, Concentration Moon, Mom & Dad, Bow Tie Daddy, Harry, You're a Beast, What's The Ugliest Part of Your Body?, Absolutely Free, Flower Punk, Let's Make the Water Turn Black, The Idiot Bastard Son, Lonely Little Girl, Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, What's The Ugliest Part of Your Body (Reprise), Mother People Moins pref: Nasal Retentive Calliope Music
satire is cool
I'm so confused. The first Mothers of Invention album I got made me so irrationally angry. But then I got "Hot Rats", and I found it one of the greatest things I'd ever heard. I thought I just liked Zappa instrumentally and that was it. But no, actuality, I really enjoyed the Mothers this time around. I feel like the jokes worked a lot better here. An acquired taste?
"We're Only in It for the Money" is the third studio album from The Mothers of Invention. It is a concept album satirizing left and right-wing politics especially the hippie subculture and The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Why not? The original album cover which is now the album cover but on the initial release was not the album cover parodies that Beatles album including the band dressed in drag. At times, this album is hilarious. As with all Frank Zappa albums that I've heard, there is a lot going on. Voices and noises from everywhere, multiple instruments, time signatures, spoken word songs, telephone conversations, etc. The music is classified as experimental, rock and psychedelic. Hard to classify Frank. This album was the first album in a project called No Commercial Project which included the next two Mothers' albums and a solo instrumental Zappa album. It is included in the National Recording Registry for its "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significance" and "a scathing satire on hippiedom and America's reaction to it." "Are You Hung Up" starts things off with various people talking including a stuttering Eric Clapton. This song rolls into "Who Needs the Peace Corps" which is a satire of the hippie culture. Very funny. Sort of pyschedelic Indian-sounding music. "Absolutely Free" begins with a piano and then goes into a waltz with a harpsichord and various sound effects. Another song criticizing hippies and the Summer of Love. Next is "Flower Punk" and it is just great. It parodies garage rock and is a carnival version of Hendrix's "Hey Joe." The distorted vocals are hilarious sounding like the lead singer was huffing helium throughout. On the second side is "Let's Make the Water Turn Black" probably the song I've heard most from this album. Frank sings like a teenager/kid and it's about two kids he grew up with: how they fart, pop pills, go in the army and make alcohol with raisins turning the water black. On "Lonely Little Girl" you finally hear a Zappa electric guitar. The music and vocals kind of go pyschedelic. Definitely 60's sounding. "The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny" ends things with a piano and various noises - musique concrète - recorded sounds modified through audio techniques into a song montage. A very Frank way to finish. This is one of those albums that if you like Frank you'll like it and if you don't you won't. The parody started wearing thin on multiple listened but was initially hilarious. There's always enough going on experimentally with Zappa's music to appreciate a lot.
Nach dem offensichtlichen Schrott der letzten Wochen ist dies eine Wohltat. Zappa halt.
This was the shit I was afraid of when we started this project. Listened to this at 11pm at night while outside walking my dog. Went to bed. Nightmares. Great in a weird way. What an experience. Amazing work
Let me take a minute to tell you my friend…this was a super interesting album that I’ll probably never listen to again. 😂
Massive trip, a strong contender for the definition of cool conversation/argument
Always strange and fun
Što se mene tiče, može biti i cijela njegova diskografija. Ovo je itekakva satira i sprdnja na glazbu 60-ih, ali ponajviše na Fab Four iliti Bitlse.
Far out, interesting shit
Probably my second favorite of Zappa's next to "Absolutely Free." I like him in this manic kitchen sink mode best. Though it's a real wooden rollercoaster of an album and there are all these bizarre interludes throughout, he's still keeping it relatively tight. If you don't like something, he's shortly onto the next idea. Whereas on something like "Uncle Meat" it just gets too self indulgent and becomes a mess. Always appreciate his bravery in experimentation, total embrace of humor, and willingness to call things as he sees them.
Takes real vision and courage to make an album that sounds like this. It seems a bit cynical, which I'm less interested in, but the freedom with which this album bounces from one motif to another, yet stays cohesive and keeps a thread throughout is remarkable.
One of my favorites of Zappa’s.
Por alguna razón, vino justo cuando necesitaba escuchar algo así 🥴
Ok this is the second album from these guys here. This one was done way better - mostly because he was taking potshots at the hippies, and that's something I can stand behind completely. It sounded like late 60s bullshit but the lyrics turned it into something far better. I know Zappa is a hipster darling these days but I have to give this a 4/5 for being one of the best pisstakes I've ever heard. Can't give it the full 5 because some of it was just annoying (see: the last "song") but I was tempted.
What a ride this one was. Probably the weirdest album so far but if you ignore the tracks that are just speech or noise, you are actually left with some good psychedelic rock songs with funny/satirical and most importantly entertaining lyrics. This is definitely an album that you either love or completely hate but I'm willing to give this some credit
What a weird, wild, unique and fascinating album. Bizarrely poetic and literate lyrics that takes jabs at EVERYONE and does so with irreverance and biting dark humour. Musically the styles, production and arrangements are all ove the place but mostly interesting and engaging. My favorite Zappa album that I've heard so far and one that I think will remain in my rotation for a little while at least. As I type this is my 3rd listen. 4 stars
Hippies suck, Frank is great. Not my favorite Zappa record but it's still good. It might be his most accessible album as there aren't a lot of long instrumentals that might put off some listeners.
Side one is a brilliant takedown of 1967 and the hippie movement. Zappa the satirist at the peak of his snide powers. It even has some catchy tunes. It gets a little self-indulgent on the second side, but overall this is one of the best records he ever made.
In the first half of the album I thought there wouldn't be anything I'd like. But it got progressively better. Very, veeery experimental, psychedelic rock, so good stuff overall! You also have to admire the dig at Beatles here lol Saved tracks: What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?, Absolutely Free, Let's Make The Water Turn Black, Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
For a man who had no truck with drugs Frank Zappa sure did produce music that sounds exactly as if it's intended to be listened to while on drugs. I haven't listened to this one much before, and there's a _lot_ going on, so it would probably benefit from more listens. Still, a lot of fun! Fave track - "Let's Make the Water Turn Black" is the one I was most familiar with already. Also really enjoyed "Absolutely Free" running into "Flower Punk"...
This was a good fun ablum with heaps of great tracks like Who Needs The Peace Corps?, What's the Ugliest Part Of Your Body, Flower Punk, Lets' Make The Water Turn Black, and Lonely Little Girl.
I enjoy the playfulness on display quite a bit. Maybe a bit too much in places, but overall a great album.
Wild, unfiltered, and unashamedly blitzing. Sometimes it can be a little too much for me, but nobody does "too much" quite like Zappa.
A little mainstream, straightforward and poppy for my tastes. Usually find Zappa impenetrable, then he does this, what an enigma, eh?
Surprised it’s pretty good, crazy though
Harry, You're A Beast reminds me of the short film Possibly In Michigan. I think this album is the closest I'll get to understanding how it feels to be on whatever drugs they took while making it.
Beautifully weird. Song titles great, as usual. Some interesting use of the stereo balance. Way ahead of the curve on the ASMR trend. Just too disjointed in places to be a 5 - i couldn't listen to it every day!
A parody album shouldn’t be this good, Frank Zappa is a genius, anyone attempting a parody of Stg Pepper would need to be for it to work and this does. Not an accessible album but worth a few listens to get it. A few parts just a bit too odd for my taste to give this full marks.
Sàtira i experiment. Els primers discos de Zappa rebosaven de tots dos conceptes i ho feien amb una inspiració reservada només pels genis. No tot el minutatge té la mateixa qualitat -cap al final de la segona part del disc la cosa afluixa bastant- però continua sent un dels exemples més representatius de la millor innovació artística dels '60
One of Zappa's best shticks
Thus shit is weird in the best possible way
Bizarre and unusual, parody this may be but talent abounds.
I have a feeling this record will be divisive, and all I can really say is, "Well, I like it." Nobody really does "freak out" like Zappa and co., where every song is about as tight as you can get it before bursting, while also seeming very free-wheeling and spur-of-the-moment. Favorite tracks: "Concentration Moon", "Flower Punk", "The Idiot Bastard Son", "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance"
this is silly
Highlights: "The Idiot Bastard Son," "Mom and Dad," "Lonely Little Girl," "Mother People" One of the best Zappa albums and the best introduction even when throroughly marred by its tinny mixing and antagonistic jolts of interrupting noise, because its songs are nearly the only attempt the band made at being lyrically serious. The constantly surprising moments of real musical beauty feel hard-fought in a dramatically intentional way, breaking through brutal and caustic bipartisan mockery. Beyond the seemingly sincere left-libertarianism neighboring the hippies in "Take Your Clothes Off," the frustrated vacuum of any hopeful, positive vision for society makes the music the position, and the music shows you it means it. It's incredible that in '67-'68, in an era known for pop genre-bending, experimentation, and free-thinking, this series of albums from the Mothers would still have been like a bolt out of the blue, maybe only surpassed by the decade's world-historic works of jazz.
I should definitely revisit
The fact that this was recorded completely sober astounds me. Definitely some bits that lose me throughout, but I can't help but be inspired by just how endlessly strange, off-kilter, and creative this was to listen to! Always been more of a solo Frank Zappa person, but as an introduction to The Mothers of Invention, I can't think of a better way to start! Catch me at the club bumping out to "The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny" lmao
Wau. Interesting and ahead of its time. But not for me to listen daily.
Not an easy listen but one I would like to do again.
The forever difficult-to-nail-down Zappa and his instrumental monsters have here for us a most intensely head-scratching and fun album.
I loved this. It was very entertaining.
Stellar homage to Sgt. Peppers. First song sounds pretty techy for the 60s lol. Didn’t get to read about this album, but I’m 100% certain it’s all just making fun of the Beatles - and I’m here for it lol
Entertaining if a bit cynical. It's interesting to hear the musical parodies. They're good enough to easily identify what genre/song/etc they're going after.
Rating: 6/10 Best songs: What’s the ugliest part of your body?
Avante garde satire done in an enjoyable way. I wouldn't listen again, first time wasn't bad.
Even more experimental than I thought it’d be. Neat for 1968 but sonically it actually isn’t very interesting, just delay manipulation and pitch shifting, likely via tape. Probably novel at the time but now the results aren’t special.
Interesting sounds by Zappa. This is one that will take more time to get to know better.
It started off pretty strong. I'm thinking that Zappa didn't like Hippies very much. But the back half of the album sort devolved into something that was too experimental for me. But the good outweight the bad, I think. Tough one to rate.
I was expecting a little bit of everything and I wasn't wrong. For as experimental as it was, there were still some highlights. Not sure how to rate an album like this.
Frank Zappa made a lot of music, I mean a lot of music. Some amazing, some ok and some well just bad. This album spans of those, it's interesting to listen to once maybe twice but that's about it for me and I'll just listen to a few tracks.
Remember, kids: when you're listening to silence, you're listening to not-Zappa. Also, the wisdom of Zappa is still appropriate today: steer clear of San Francisco. Loving the police while they kick the shit out of you is an activity that has aged like wine. And if you don't have an Indian in your group, get one! What is wrong with you? Welcome the Dance Hall of Chopped-Up-Cabbage Music... doo wop doo wop. You need a makeover! The palimpsest of sound that is called an album speaks one eternal truth to me: hippies suck in every galaxy.
Mielipide: :D Tosi kokeellista hippumusiikkia 60-luvulta Mukana intiaani
Á fyrstu sekúndunum skynjaði ég það að þetta hljyti að vera með því skrýtnasta sem ég hef hlustað á. Í lokin gúglaði ég bandið og varð núll hissa. Herra Zappa var þarna. Það hlaut bara að vera. Áhugavert, en þarf ekki endurhlustun nema ég fari að taka ofskynjunarlyf.
A very odd album which is almost 50% sound and talking tracks, and not music per se, but engaging as you don’t know what to expect. It is almost nothing you could expect from Zappa and the Jazz fusion the group is known for.
Listening to a Zappa album is always a trip with unexpected moments of brilliance. But a lot of eye rolling too.
This is such a weird combination of good and annoying that I don't know how to rate it. The smugness is off the charts and it's sort of terrible musically, but there is often something there that makes me want to listen again.
It’s too wired but I like it to an extent
I am starting to hear and understand more of Zappa's humor, which is dark, satirical, and biting...all of which I love dearly. I know that there are many devoted fans of Frank Zappa in so many ways, and I know I'm extraordinarily late to that party. His music is on its own path, no doubt, and that's very hard to do well. Mixing music and comedy is always tricky for me--can't quite explain it, but it can quickly annoy me--but at least he brings to that mix musicianship that is way above most. I do get what an amazing, multifaceted, and talented musician he was. There is a ton of his work to which I've never listened, and I think it's worth it for me to check it out.
Yeah… it’s Zappa and all… it’s just too much for me.
I know smart people adore this but I found it almost immediately tedious. There is something admirably antisocial about setting out so aggressively to put down everyone, but being against everything mainstream doesn't mean you're right. Closing a relatively short LP where no other song is over 3 and a half minutes with 6 and a half minutes of intolerable noise garbage sort of sums it up. Call it a two and a half star for me, and round it up for historical significance and general audacity.
Spoko parodia, ale męcząca
I can't say that I've ever really "gotten" Frank Zappa - I would never deny that he was influential and important, but I've never been able to connect with his music. Although it was an interesting listen, this album was no exception. Many of the lyrics were funny and insightful, particularly the song "Flower Punk." Listening with headphones is also highly recommened as the left and right channels are played with quite a bit, and the effect is very cool. Although this album wasn't really for me, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre and/or enjoys social satire. Standout Tracks: "Flower Punk," "Who Needs The Peace Corps?" "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance"
Love what I've heard from Zappa (admittedly not enough). This album is wild and weird and eclectic but all across it you can hear the creativity and social commentary.
Lekker blije '60s muziek. Beetje vreemd, maar ik kan er wel naar luisteren. Opvallend zijn de enorm korte nummers van nog geen 2 minuutjes. ***
This is certainly a different side of Zappa to Hot Rats. For what essentially seems like one long piss-take it's impressively well-realised, musically, and meshes together nicely as one piece of work. It's also genuinely funny at times and generally entertaining, though I'm unlikely to return to it much - I suspect the jokes and random interludes would lose their lustre after repeated listens.
Kind of funny
It's delightfully weird now, and I can't imagine how insane it sounded circa 1968. It parodies Sgt. Pepper, as if the album cover doesn't make that abundantly clear. There's a freshness to it that doesn't feel like some other albums that make attempts to be weird just for weird sake. It's an overall joy, and I may want to bump it up a star or two after repeat listens. But that's me, I'm all for albums that take me on a new journey.
This was fun, but the songs were too short and insubstantial
3.75 I hope my girlfriend doesn't disown me for this but I kind of liked this album. It was meta, and provocative. They dissed themselves and everyone else around them. It's not the kind of thing I would listen to on a daily basis, but I think it's kind of a slice of time that was weird but interesting.
Absolutely mental but I didn't dislike it overall.... I liked that they took the piss out of the Beatles
Pretty fascinating historical artifact. Sure, it has dated, but I enjoy the anarchy, spite and inventiveness. And some of it is still pretty good.
I respect Zappa more than I like him
Obviously cool. At times annoying. Makes Aerial Pink less impressive.