2 Mar

Frank Zappa Released Satirical Classic ‘We’re Only In It For The Money’ 50 Years Ago Today [Stream]

first_imgFrank Zappa 50 years ago today, on March 4th, 1968, Frank Zappa debuted We’re Only In It For The Money, his fourth-ever album release and the third official LP with his band, the Mothers of Invention. A concept album like the two Mothers albums that preceded it, We’re Only In It For The Money took a satirical look at the hippie subculture that had already begun to implode.The album is thoroughly unapologetic, using snippets of experimental and orchestral music mixed with the same psychedelic rock he’s lampooning as the backdrop for a funhouse-like parody of the hippie culture and mindset. Its cover art, of course, is a parody of the Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover, reasserting the album’s satirical stance.“Who Needs The Peace Corps?” helps set the tone for the album, as Zappa recites what amount to the tenets of the hippie oath (i.e.“I will ask the Chamber of Commerce how to get to Haight Street … I will wander around barefoot … I will smoke an awful lot of dope”). The track goes on to highlight the apathetic cliche of the “tune in, turn on, drop out” narrative, a charade which was cyclically glorified and perpetuated throughout the Summer of Love:I will love the police as they kick the shit out of me on the streetI will sleep . . .I will, I will go to a houseThat’s, that’s what I will doI will go to a houseWhere there’s a rock & roll band‘Cause the groups all live togetherAnd I will join a rock & roll bandI will be their road managerAnd I will stay there with themAnd I will get the crabsBut I won’t careBecause . . .We’re Only In It For The Money saw Zappa continue to dig into his experimentation with chronological continuity, which would become a trends throughout his prodigiously prolific career. The album was one of four albums distilled from sessions in New York for a project called No Commercial Potential. Pieces of the No Commercial Potential sessions ended up being used for several albums, including the orchestral portions of We’re Only In It For The Money, a revised version of Zappa’s debut solo record, Lumpy Gravy, Cruising with Ruben & the Jets, Uncle Meat and, finally 1994’s Civilization Phaze III.As Zappa stated in Barry Miles’ 2004 biography, Zappa, “It’s all one album. All the material in the albums is organically related and if I had all the master tapes and I could take a razor blade and cut them apart and put it together again in a different order it still would make one piece of music you can listen to. Then I could take that razor blade and cut it apart and reassemble it a different way, and it still would make sense. I could do this twenty ways. The material is definitely related.”The album also saw Zappa continue to push into musique concrète territory, another early thread that would run through his entire career. 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 close to them. Frank proceeded to invite a slew of notable guests (including Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, and Tim Buckley) into the studio to serve as “piano people,” improvising dialogue about topics he provided. These recordings were then used to add psychedelic depth to the album’s various abstract interludes.Celebrate the 50th birthday of Frank Zappa/The Mothers’ third album by giving it a spin below:Frank Zappa, The Mothers – We’re Only In It For The Money (Full Album)[Audio: Spotify]last_img read more

29 Dec

EVERYONE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN JASON ON THE LAST STEPS OF HIS JOURNEY

first_imgThe people of Letterkenny and Donegal are being encouraged to come out and join Jason Black on the last leg of his journey from Mt Everest to Mt Errigal.A motion by Letterkenny Town Council and Donegal County Council was passed that this remarkable achievement will be marked with a civic ceremony and commissioned plaques by local Artist Redmond Herrity will be erected, one at the Market Square and at the foot of Mt. Errigal where the dream first took root. The Revealing of the Plaque on Market Square will take place at 5pm on Thursday 27th June.A civic reception will then be held in Letterkenny Town Council Offices on the Neil T Blaney Road, where Jason will receive a citation from Letterkenny town Council to congratulate him on his achievements, the highest honour that can be bestowed to a citizen of letterkenny.Letterkenny Town Council are publicly inviting the citizens of Letterkenny to the unveiling on Thursday evening where Dessie Larkin will preform his final public duty in his term as Lord mayor.On Sunday 30th June at 2pm Donegal County Council will also unveil a plague at the foot of Mt Errigal where everyone is also cordially invited to attend. Jason and family have also extended a warm welcome to all families been following Jason’s progress and a special appeal to people that felt they could never climb Mt Errigal or have never climbed it, to come out to join jason on his final leg of the Mt Errigal to Mt Everest expedition journey, as he takes the Donegal flag that proudly graced the summit of the world back to where the journey all began.Jason urges everyone to come along and take a timely climb up the mountain.“It’s going to be a gentle pace, loads of stops taking in the wonderful views, just a wonderfully slow, stress free climb.“It’s not even about getting to the top its about getting positively involved on the day and climb to your own comfortable height an return back down,It will be a wonderful safe family day out”.Remember to bring your cameras as the views are breathtaking.On the summit he will produce with pride the now famous Donegal flag which reflects the pride and honor he feels for his community and county. He guarantees that it will be a day to remember. It will be a day when he will have completed the full circle – he will return in fruition to where the dream began.Continue to follow the journey on www.voodooascent.comSupport, Medical and Marshals will all be there to assist.30th June, 2pm Mt Errigal Carpark. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear. EVERYONE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN JASON ON THE LAST STEPS OF HIS JOURNEY was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more