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#2 We’re Only In It For The Money

The Mothers Of Invention


Shot by Blonde On Blonde photographer Jerry Schatzberg, the cover for this 1968 album by Frank Zappa – the godfather of experimental psychedelic rock – was an obvious parody of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sleeve from the previous year. With Jimi Hendrix appearing on the right of the sleeve, near to Zappa wearing a miniskirt, it mocked the Flower Power generation, with song titles including Who Needs The Peace Corps? and Flower Punk. Zappa said in a 1971 interview that: “I personally felt for a long time that [The Beatles] were extremely plastic, and flat-out commercial.” Zappa reportedly phoned Paul McCartney asking for permission to ape Sir Peter Blake, Jann Haworth and Michael Cooper’s design, but Macca told him it was a decision for the suits. It didn’t go down well with the labels, either, with Capitol’s objections seeing the release delayed by five months and Verve eventually deciding to run the Pepper… parody inside the sleeve with the intended gatefold shot of the band (in drag) as the cover. Later releases restored the original cover to its rightful place and the furore didn’t stop We’re Only In It For The Money from reaching No. 30 in the Billboard Chart and being listed at No. 297 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2015.

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On sale 50 years to the day after The Beatles released their timeless masterpiece Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, issue 4 of Long Live Vinyl tells the full story of one of the greatest albums ever made, as well as taking an in-depth look at the new Anniversary edition masterminded by Giles Martin. Elsewhere, we round up the essential 40 jazz records, take a crate-digging trip to Orlando, get the lowdown on the new American Epic TV series with Jack White, T Bone Burnett, Elton John and Robert Redford, and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours goes under the microscope in our Classic Album feature. We also meet Sonic Youth noisenik and record collector extraordinaire Thurston Moore, profile Classic Album Sundays and bring you the most comprehensive range of vinyl-related reviews anywhere!