The Mothers of Invention

Mother People

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"Mother People" belongs to a group of songs (with "Concentration Moon," "Mom & Dad," and "Bow Tie Daddy") on the 1968 LP We're Only in It for the Money focused on how "real" hippiedom (as opposed to the fake fashionable kind decried in another group of songs on the same album) was perceived and treated with by the bourgeois authorities. "Do you think that my pants are too tight/Do you think that I'm creepy?" asks the singer before repeating the war cry: "We are the other people." The tone recalls the Mothers of Invention's 1966 song "Hungry Freaks, Daddy." A more aggressive verse ("Better look around before you say you don't care/Shut your fuckin' mouth about the length of my hair") was censored by the record company -- Zappa still included it on the album, backward, at the end of "Hot Poop." The now-deleted 1986 Ryko CD reissue contains the uncensored version. The song alternates between a slow 6/8 verse and a frenetic chorus with sped-up vocals. Of all the material on We're Only in It for the Money, it is the track closest to the direction Zappa would take on Uncle Meat. "Mother People" served as the B-side of the "Lonely Little Girl" Verve single in 1967. It probably was performed live by the Mothers around that time too (even though there are no records of it), and reappeared in the set list in 1970-1971.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
We're Only in It for the Money 1968 Hip-O / Zappa Records 2:32
We're Only in It for the Money/Lumpy Gravy 1986 Rykodisc 2:31
Threesome, Vol. 1 2002 Rykodisc 2:26