We're Only in It for the Money

The Mothers of Invention - We're Only in It for the Money
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Based on 2 reviews
1968 Ratings: #7 / 87
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Based on 190 ratings
1968 Ratings: #24
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Compositionally ... 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.

A complete satirization of U.S. politics, hippie culture, and popular music at the time, Frank Zappa and The Mothers make what is far and away their best effort up to this point in their discography, as well as making an album that no other artist would have had the balls to make at the time.

An experimental gem. While this may not be as groundbreaking as, say, the same year's White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground (who actually gets a shoutout in this very album, albeit censored by ... read more
We're Only in It for the Money finds a brilliant middle ground between the two current ends of The Mothers of Invention, both developing on the satirical nature of Freak Out! but maintaining the oddities of Absolutely Free. Freak Out! was of course still satirical in many ways, but was more willing to sound normal and natural as if it could blend in with those not satirizing the music of the time. Absolutely Free would never be mistaken for trying to sound like a normal album of the time, ... read more
"Hi Boys and Girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, and I'm the Indian of the group."
masterpiece, very close to a perfect score.
We're Not Here For You, Filthy Rat.
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Track List

  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
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Added on: April 9, 2013