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Charted: March 16, 1968


Rating: 4.679 (average of 7 ratings)


Genre: experimental rock


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  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 You 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


Sales:

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 30
peak on U.K. album chart 32


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • none


Notes: “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” (Huey).


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.


We’re Only in It for the Money
The Mothers of Invention
Review:
“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” (Huey).

“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” (Huey).

“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” (Huey).

“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” (Huey).


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Last updated April 12, 2008.