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We're Only in It for the Money
     

We're Only in It for the Money

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by 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

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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. [Rykodisc's 1987 reissue restored passages censored on the LP, but included re-recorded rhythm tracks and sounded quite different. Their 1995 re-reissue contained both the original music and content edits.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
Label:
Zappa Records
UPC:
0824302383728
catalogNumber:
3837
Rank:
12027

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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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We're Only in It for the Money 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Zappa's songs are intelligent and often hilarious. Some of my favorites are ''Who Needs the Peace Corps?'', ''Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance'', and ''Mother People''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny in the sense that it's such a culture-bearing piece of work, and you don't realize it until you THINK about it; and once you do THAT, then you have been plooked by the master himself. Frank's music is wonderful and refreshing. He makes you think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest and most scathing albums ever made, this is perhaps the finest of Frank Zappa¿s early albums. A parody of The Beatles¿ Sgt. Pepper (the cover art alone is a hoot), the album offers sour, mocking observations of the whole flower-power phenomenon, eerie whispering and other sound bites, and powerfully intelligent (and often hilarious) songs including ¿Concentration Moon,¿ ¿Mom & Dad,¿ ¿Let¿s Make the Water Turn Black¿ and ¿Absolutely Free.¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
Favorite tracks: "The Idiot B*sta*d Son" "Let's Make The Water Turn Black" "Absolutely Free" Least favorite: "The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny"
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
The album that dares to ask, "What's the ugliest part of your body?" (I think its your mind)
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