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Medicine At Midnight 1LP. In response to the album's release, Zappa decided to change the album's concept to parody the Beatles album, because he felt that the Beatles were insincere and "only in it for the money". Zappa complied, but reversed the recording and included the backwards verse as part of the dialogue track "Hot Poop", concluding the album's first side,  but this would be removed by Verve themselves on subsequent represses of their own. While recording We're Only in It for the Money , Zappa discovered that the strings of Apostolic Studios' grand piano would resonate if a person spoke near those strings.
The "piano people" experiment involved Zappa having various speakers improvise dialogue using topics offered by Zappa. The artwork of Lumpy Gravy identified it as "phase 2 of We're Only in It for the Money ", while We're Only in It for the Money was identified in its artwork as "phase one of Lumpy Gravy ", alluding to the conceptual continuity of the two albums.
For some pressings of the album, MGM censored several tracks without Zappa's knowledge, involvement or permission. In his lyrics for We're Only in It for the Money , Zappa speaks as a voice for "the freaks —imaginative outsiders who didn't fit comfortably into any group", according to AllMusic writer Steve Huey. Zappa later stated in , "hippies were pretty stupid.
They always take themselves too seriously. So anybody who impugns the process, whether it's a peace march or love beads or whatever it is — that person is the enemy and must be dealt with severely.
So we came under a lot of criticism, because we dared to suggest that perhaps what was going on was really stupid. Another element of the album's lyrical content came from the Los Angeles Police Department 's harassment and arrests of young rock fans, which made it difficult for the band to perform on the West Coast, leading the band to move to New York City for better financial opportunities.
The song "Flower Punk" parodies the garage rock staple " Hey Joe ", and depicts a youth going to San Francisco to become a flower child and join a psychedelic rock band. The rhythmic pattern of "Flower Punk" is complex, consisting of 4 bars of a fast 5 , followed by 4 bars of 7 Zappa's art director Cal Schenkel and Jerry Schatzberg photographed a collage for the album cover , which parodied the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album cover. Pepper ] had blue skies Zappa phoned Paul McCartney , seeking permission for the parody.
McCartney told him that it was an issue for business managers,    but Zappa responded that the artists themselves were supposed to tell their business managers what to do.
Pepper parody "was a stronger image" than the final released cover. The album was released on March 4, , by Verve Records. It peaked at number thirty on the Billboard In , Zappa prepared a remix of the album for its compact disc reissue and the vinyl box set The Old Masters I. The remix reinstated audio that had been censored by Verve, as well as the original "Mother People" verse.
But those are the only two albums on which the original performances were replaced. I thought the important thing was the material itself. Lumpy Gravy was also remixed by Zappa, but not released at the time. Zappa would later prepare a CD of the original stereo mix released by Rykodisc in Barret Hansen praised the album in an April review for Rolling Stone. He concluded that while the initial listening may be significantly profound, due to the reliance on shock, subsequent listening may be reduced in value; and he returns to a comparison with the Beatles, in which he feels that Zappa has the greater musical genius, but is less comfortable to listen to.
AllMusic writer Steve Huey wrote, "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 possibly his greatest achievement.
Cheap sarcasm is forever. In , the U. National Recording Preservation Board included We're Only in It for the Money in the National Recording Registry , calling it "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant" and "a scathing satire on hippiedom and America's reactions to it". Note: subsequent CD releases of this album contain a paragraph on the sleeve titled "The Last Word," explaining that the Mothers band pictured on the album was not the band that played the music, and in fact all musical duties on the album were performed by Frank Zappa, Ian Underwood, Roy Estrada and Billy Mundi.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Frank Zappa: the biography
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