Title - 'We're Only In It For The Money' (Ume)
Artist - Frank Zappa
The Mothers of Invention answer the sentiments of the suits, the suburb dwellers, and flower children of the 60's with a big fat raspberry!
Considered by many to be the Mothers' (and some would say Frank Zappa's) best album, We're Only in it for the Money deals with harsh subject matter in a seemingly glib and light-hearted fashion, sparing no targets with catchy melodies and high-pitched vocals.
The album opens with a very trippy intro 'Are You Hung Up?' which features two people talking; the male asking if the woman is "hung up," before Zappa begins to whisper the meaning of the album. At its end, Jimmy Carl Black (the original drummer in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention) introduces himself as the "Indian of the group"! (Note: He does that more than once throughout this musical trip!)
The anti-Peace Corp song 'Who Needs The Peace Corps?' is next, with the slow-boating of 'Concentration Moon' and the gentle bang-drumming of 'Mom & Dad' comes forth. Sounding reminiscent of an early David Bowie vocal, it is backed by 'Telephone Conversation,' which was obviously recorded live at the time. And is inaudible sometimes, but nonetheless intriguing to listen to!
'We're Only In It For The Money' was obviously Zappa's answer to the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which he lampoons on the cover, and so next we get an yesteryear version of 'Bow Tie Daddy,' which is followed by the paino-fused 'Harry, You're A Beast' and the outspoken 'What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?'
Some beautiful piano work leads us into 'Absolutely Free,' before the funky, if not highly sped up 'Flower Punk' and 'Hot Poop'! With an album that is totally unrelentless in its taunts to the "flower power" generation, is slides onwards with the scratch of 'Nasal Retentive Calliope Music,' with the fun 'Let's Make The Water Turn Black' and then the renaissance-sounding 'The Idiot Bastard Son' next.
This incredible middle-finger to the establishment; and "flower power" in general, comes to a close with ' Lonely Little Girl' (one of the more poppier songs on the album), the high-pitched 'Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance,' a quick reprise (but why though?) of 'What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?,' before 'Mother People' and the white noise smorgasbord of 'The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny' bring the album to a close.