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The Mothers of Invention – We’re Only in it for the Money (1968)

November 27, 2012

Moustache #2: Frank Zappa
Top Individual Achievement

[Album 118/1001]

Although the original release contained a ‘safer’ cover (a photo of the band), the image to the right is the intended album cover (sadly relegated to the inner booklet).

A parody of Sgt. Pepper (the hugely celebrated record by a band that redefined huge), almost a decade and a half before Weird Al’s first record, this was unheard of at the time.  Fearing lawsuits, the image didn’t make the cut.  Parodies/internet memes have become inescapable these days but in 1968, this was a bold move by an artist that didn’t tend to play by the conventional rules.

Perhaps less bold than naming his eldest daughter ‘Moon Unit,’ the album is still as out there as one would hope.  Good satires (such as South Park, Rick Mercer Report and others) take their cues from Zappa: be critical of both the far left and far right, be equally offensive!

Musically difficult to categorize and perhaps that’s the point.  How else can you influence everyone from Alice Cooper to Al Yankovic?

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