The Mothers of Invention’s third studio album — 1968’s We’re Only In It For the Money — opens with a 95 second track that presages the Central Scrutinizer (stay tuned…) with a brief cacophony of sounds and a low, creepy whisper. There’s a little music toward the end of this song, but even that is drowned quickly by jarring laughter — if you can call it that.
Yes, we’re in for a ride on this record already. We’re Only In It For the Money is less Lumpy Gravy Part Two and more Absolutely Free, though, with its array of short, hooky tunes with pricks and jabs of complex orchestration. All this is to come, of course — Are You Hung Up is merely an enigmatic hint.