Album 0419: Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention – We’re Only In It For The Money

FrankZappa-We'reOnlyInItForTheMoney

Release Date: 1968
Genre: Progressive Rock

Tracklisting:

1. Are You Hung Up? (01:25)
2. Who Needs The Peace Corps? (02:34)
3. Concentration Moon (02:22)
4. Mom & Dad (02:16)
5. Telephone Conversation (00:49)
6. Bow Tie Daddy (00:33)
7. Harry, You’re A Beast (01:21)
8. What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (01:03)
9. Absolutely Free (03:24)
10. Flower Punk (03:04)
11. Hot Poop (00:27)
12. Nasal Retentive Calliope Music (02:03)
13. Let’s Make The Water Turn Black (02:01)
14. The Idiot Bastard Son (03:19)
15. Lonely Little Girl (01:10)
16. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (01:33)
17. What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Reprise) (01:02)
18. Mother People (02:26)
19. The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny (06:27)

Total Length: 39:19

Are You Hung Up? is useless to me, it’s significantly unimportant in all that it tries to do for this album. I can almost appreciate the concept of this album, but tracks like these harm it more than help. If the album had gone straight into Who Needs The Peace Corps? from the get go, that alone would have strengthened it. It’s got fun lyrics, and a good melody to go behind it. Concentration Moon has a lot of fun bits to it, it changes it up a lot throughout it’s short length. It even repeats a sample from the first track, really putting in place how useless that track is.

Mom & Dad has this nostalgic feel to it that is the real heart of this album. You could see this on a standard album from the time, but instead it’s on this ‘funny’ album. I just enjoy it for the most part. Telephone Conversation breaks this trend with a stupid bit of nothing. Bow Tie Daddy is fun, and would work better following the last song (not track) without a break, the contrast would push the point forward.

Harry, You’re A Beast is almost good, but ends before it gets anywhere. What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? is a fun doo-wop bit, and one of the treasures on here for me. Absolutely Free has a couple okay moments, but it goes on too long and gets boring. The next track is even worse, Flower Punk is a failed concept from the get-go and yet they seriously try and run with it. Hot Poop is an apt title.

Nasal Retentive Calliope Music is basically musique concrete, and just like everything else in that genre it’s beyond my ability to understand it. Let’s Make The Water Turn Black is decent, and is at least an actual song. The Idiot Bastard Son is much the same, I can’t remember anything about the song after it’s over. Lonely Little Girl is a neat idea that isn’t used too well. It could have been expanded instead of some of the other tracks.

Take Off Your Clothes When You Dance is fantastic, and a great change of pace at this point in the album. What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Reprise) is good, but almost exactly the same as what we’ve already heard. Mother People is kind of the standout here, for the entire album. It simply works well and gets stuck in my head, and is kind of the template of what Zappa would go on to do. The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny is more musique concrete and I’d have rather had a shorter album. Really this whole album is just disappointing, and mostly cherry pick if I want to listen to it.

Final Rating: 6.5/10

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