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


5.0
classic

Review

by A : w.e.b. CONTRIBUTOR (100 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1968 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In The Mothers' third effort, the hippie bashing is turned up to eleven...

In 1968, The Mothers of Invention were once again at work in the studio, bringing forth one of their most impressive efforts, ‘We’re Only In It For The Money’. Like ‘Freak Out!’ and ‘Absolutely Free’ before it, this album focuses on the culture of the 1960s, spanning from the hippie culture to politics, leaving no one safe from the criticism of Frank Zappa and the band. Out of all of the early Mothers albums, this has to be the most “concrete” of the bunch, with it being far more influenced by avant-garde music and composers such as Edgar Varese, a life-long favorite of Zappa’s.

All over the album are extremely short compositions, bluntly criticizing the hippie culture and their naïve ways, believing peace is the answer to everything (“Who Needs The Peace Corps”, “Concentration Moon”, “Bow Tie Daddy”, “Flower Punk”), to the politics of America (“Mom and Dad”). Sympathy, if even possible with Zappa’s merciless criticism, is nowhere to be found on the album, with the title being a jab at The Beatles, when the group compared their album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” to “Freak Out!” On ‘We’re Only In It For The Money’, the topic is basically on the hippie culture, as if it had to mentioned before. The criticisms manage to be sharp and witty, a trademark of the group, long established on the debut only two years earlier. But within all the attacks on hippies, there’s ought to be some filler, and on the album, there sure is very little (“Telephone Conversation”, “Hot Poop”, “Let’s Make The Water Black”), but at some point in time, even the filler manages to be entertaining, but diverts from the better material on the album. The avant-garde influence is present on the album, but is highly present on the finale, “The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny”, a composition heavily influenced by Varese, and a worthy addition to the collection of weird Zappa compositions (all of ‘Lumpy Gravy’, ‘200 Motels’, ‘Uncle Meat’, and ‘Civilization Phase III’ edge this album out in that specific subject).

In retrospect, ‘We’re Only In It For The Money’, is not only one of the group’s most experimental and highly ambitious albums, but one of their best, being the source of influence to many future groups, and is still to this day, nothing but influential. Even if it’s one of their hardest albums to get into, it’s worth every single second, and is worth checking out.



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Friday13th
July 23rd 2013


5729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I tried...I really did.

Jethro42
July 23rd 2013


14702 Comments


Good job on the review.

ArsMoriendi
March 13th 2017


20644 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I hope Doof loves this...



Probably my favorite album ever

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GhandhiLion
March 23rd 2017


599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Genius.

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wham49
March 23rd 2017


3338 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm going to go to San Francisco and get the crabs

ArsMoriendi
March 23rd 2017


20644 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And then perhaps a leather band to go around my head

wham49
March 23rd 2017


3338 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the satire is so unbelievably spot on, and it wasn't in retrospect, it was happening as he wrote this, brilliant.





AngryLittleAlchemist
March 23rd 2017


1767 Comments


Yes, suck the almighty dick of Frank Zappa!

wham49
March 23rd 2017


3338 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Every town must have a place Where phony hippies meet

Psychedelic dungeons Popping up on every street



oh my hair is getting good in the back



Hey Punk, where you goin' with that button on your shirt

I'm goin' to the love-in to sit & play my bongos in the dirt



LOL



cylinder
March 23rd 2017


484 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

SMASH EVERY CREEP IN THE FACE WITH A ROCK

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wham49
March 23rd 2017


3338 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Angry, I will happily, every day if he asks

AngryLittleAlchemist
March 23rd 2017


1767 Comments


Same

I didn't mean it in a derogatory way at all, believe it or not.

ArsMoriendi
March 24th 2017


20644 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Do you think that my pants are too tight?



Do you think that I'm creepy?

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


12742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i should probably redo this review

ArsMoriendi
March 24th 2017


20644 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

OR OR OR, let Doof do it because he 5'd it! :D



And I'd love to see his perspective on it

theBoneyKing
March 24th 2017


9359 Comments


Probably my favorite album ever

So this is the one that beats out To Bring You My Love?

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ArsMoriendi
March 24th 2017


20644 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes sir

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


12742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"OR OR OR, let Doof do it because he 5'd it! :D"



pretty poor reasoning



plus i wrote this when i just got into zappa



so this review from when i wasn't even 16 is just hot garbage by my standards now at 19/20

AngryLittleAlchemist
March 24th 2017


1767 Comments


Damn Fripp making my 16 yr old reviews look like shit thanks

wham49
May 14th 2017


3338 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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