We're Only in It for the Money

Universal Music Group
Release date
18 Dec 2012
Running length
19 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Are You Hung Up? 1:25 32,148
2 Who Needs the Peace Corps? 2:35 34,545
3 Concentration Moon 2:17 31,860
4 Mom & Dad 2:17 28,422
5 Telephone Conversation 0:49 28,334
6 Bow Tie Daddy 0:33 30,139
7 Harry, You're A Beast 0:54 31,982
8 What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? 1:03 31,948
9 Absolutely Free 3:25 28,916
10 Flower Punk 3:03 28,305
11 Hot Poop 0:27 1,701
12 Nasal Retentive Calliope Music 2:03 24,727
13 Let's Make the Water Turn Black 1:51 47,681
14 The Idiot Bastard Son 2:25 28,750
15 Lonely Little Girl 1:10 26,390
16 Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance 3:51 30,881
17 What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Reprise) 0:58 17,192
18 Mother People 2:32 27,003
19 The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny 6:25 20,662

About this album

We’re Only in It For the Money is an experimental rock album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. Bridging styles as diverse as doo-wop and avant-garde sound collage, and the album peaked at #30 on North America’s Billboard Music Charts pop albums chart. The album satirizes many aspects of 1960s culture, lampooning the hippies, the conservative establishment, and everything in between.

First released in 1968 on Verve Records (see 1968 in music), it was rereleased by Rykodisc in 1986 with newly recorded bass and percussion tracks. Parts censored from the original release were also restored. However, subsequent fan demand for the original Verve recording led to its restoration on Rykodisc’s releases from 1995 onwards.

The album was included in Q magazine’s list of the “Best Psychedelic Albums of All Time.” In 2003, the album was ranked number 296 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2005, it was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

The song “Flower Punk” is based upon “Hey Joe”, famously performed by Love, The Leaves, The Byrds, The Surfaris and Jimi Hendrix, who is himself pictured in the cover art. “Mother People” was featured in an episode of The Monkees (“Monkees Blow Their Minds”), which also featured Zappa and Michael Nesmith posing as each other.

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  • Malderrrrr

    I wish frank continued making music like this, I'm not a big fan of his fusion. [3]

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • RubberSalad

    Sort of addicting

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    Best Zappa/Mothers album by far

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • kanto_sho

    Strange that most voters votes for the inside cover of the LP and not the original front.

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • KommisarK

    The best send-up of American bourgeois conservatism and radical leftism.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • metawirt

    Could be suitable for Silicon Valley... ;)

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LordMoe

    I know it's nitpicking, but this should really be labeled under "The Mothers of Invention" Stuff like "The Wall" and "The Final Cut" are predominantly Roger Waters works, particularly the latter. We still call them Pink Floyd albums though.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Lovely as fuck... Love the bass's tone on the whole album. Nasal Retentive Calliope Music & The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny where so ahead of their time.

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TeenageRiot-

    "i really wish he focused less on sending his anti-big label messages" That is not what this album is about. It's a satire of 60s culture, specifically The Beatles and the "Flower Power" era. You might have realised this had you actually done some research into the matter, but yet again you just make yourself look like someone who has no idea what they're talking about. Maybe you should go back to telling people about how Trout Mask Replica is improvised.

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • revolverg

    My all time favorite album of all time, Ever, Hands down.

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • lenn9o9n

    damn you lastfm autocorrect (2)

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • lenn9o9n

    spirit hates this album, wow, click on their page..."Banned User"...fitting

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • People20

    It's by The Mothers of Invention. [4]!

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    It's by The Mothers of Invention. [3]

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • OmertaDK

    This is nothing short of a masterpiece.. A satirical masterpiece. :-) Anyway, I personally like to label all my Zappa stuff under one name(Frank Zappa), keeps the scrobbles together.

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
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    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • idoxcase

    i listened to this 3 times in a row :(

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Endzeitlager

    damn you lastfm autocorrect

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • dr_bun

    it was always called frank zappa and the mothers of invention he paid them to play his music the end

    29 Aug 2011 Reply
  • bloodmaw

    no, this is a Mothers of Invention album Akayz. which includes Zappa. anyway, i wholeheartedly disagree with the two below posts. i really wish he focused less on sending his anti-big label messages and just wrote more melody. this album lacks any really catchy stuff, good instrumentation, or the lot. it's really just sound collaged snippets and rather under par material written by Zappa. he could do way better than this, and thankfully he did afterward before the Mothers broke up. this is definitely my least favorite in the Mothers of Invention discog. still, it has some bright moments, so its really not terrible, its just nowhere near the masterpieces he's made.

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
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