The Mothers Of Invention* ‎– We're Only In It For The Money

Verve Records ‎– V6-5045X, Verve Records ‎– V6-5045
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold


A1 Are You Hung Up 1:23
A2 Who Needs The Peace Corps 2:34
A3 Concentration Moon 2:32
A4 Mom & Dad 2:16
A5 Bow Tie Daddy 1:22
A6 Harry, You're A Beast 1:22
A7 What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? 1:03
A8 Absolutely Free 3:26
A9 Flower Punk 3:57
A10 Hot Poop 0:16
B1 Nasal Retentive Caliope Music 2:00
B2 Let's Make The Water Turn Black 1:54
B3 The Idiot Bastard Son 3:27
B4 Lonely Little Girl 1:10
B5 Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance 1:33
B6 What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Reprise) 1:03
B7 Mother People 2:30
B8 The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny 6:30

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Unbanded, continuous groove on both sides.
Released with an ''only money cut-outs'' insert.
Track B1, Nasal Retentive Caliope Music, is mis-spelled on label, but spelled correctly as 'Calliope' on cover.
Track B4 is listed as "Lonely Little Girl" on the label and as "It's His Voice on the Radio" on the inner gatefold.
Catalog no. V6 5045X on rear cover and spine; catalog no. V6 5045 on labels.

In the text balloon on the cover Frank Zappa Says "Is This Phase One Of Lumpy Gravy?", making a reference to the album Lumpy Gravy.
This gatefold album's artwork parodies the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper LP.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): (MGS 1250)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): (MGS 1251)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): V6-5045 SIDE-1 MGS-1250-REV-F
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): V6-5045 SIDE-2 MGS-1251-REV-F
  • Pressing Plant ID (Both sides runout etched): Block-shaped S
  • Rights Society: BMI

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January 11, 2020
Looking to buy a sleeve. If you have a sleeve but no record, contact me and I'll buy it from you.


February 20, 2019
The Mothers and Zappa's best album ever made. Nothing will ever come close to this masterpiece.


April 1, 2017
edited over 3 years ago
for the cover fetichists :

as intended by Zappa : original Australian LP + 2016 LP
(all the other covers are either reverted or truncated)
[an alternative cover is found on the 1995 ryko cd and 1985 LP]

shortlist of different editions censorship :

#1a-partly censored (original US LP,UK 1970's LP reissue) [needs confirmation : canadian 70's LP reissue]

[warning : some original US LPs got one side with censorship #1 and the other with censorship #2]

#1b-partly censored, remastered from original 2track master+SAFETY TAPES before Zappa's death;
(sound is reported of having dropouts) : 1995+2012 CD's / 2016 LP

#2-hard censorship (original UK vinyl,German LP)

#3-UNCENSORED...but with cheesy overdubs :'-(
(original Zappa cd : US RCD40024 UK cdzap13 Australia RCD40024 / 1985 LP)

(+about the MONO version,and for the hardcore fans,this could interest you:)


December 10, 2016
Anyone get the 2016 vinyl reissue? is the sound quality and which version is it, censored or not?.thanks


February 13, 2016
Frank Zappa's greatest work, containing his most memorable melodies and lyrics of biting social satire.
Frank didn't really care who he insulted on this one - politicians, the police and the embryonic hippie movement all come under scrutiny.
His targets on this record include; police brutality, alcoholic parents, body fascists, The Velvet Underground, fake hippies, drug takers and hypocritical politicians, liars and fakers of all hues.

Compare that list to some of his lyrical concerns on the 1970s albums that followed .... eskimos, penguins, jewish princesses, disco fans. How did Frank lose his direction so badly in the 70s? According to Ian Penman he glimpsed a few very toxic secret truths in his younger days but this unhinged him, he couldn't handle them - hence the puerile nature of much of his 70s output.
I quite like his 70s stuff by the way - I just think it's a shame he couldn't sustain the level of vitriol that's to be found on this album.

If you dig this record then you must realise it was censored quite heavily by his record company. If you hunt around on the web you can easily find an uncensored version that someone put together. I can't recommend it highly enough. I never listen to my vinyl copy anymore .... I always play the download version.


December 4, 2014
An amusing listen, a parody on Sargent Pepper's and the commercialisation of the youth culture.