The Lumpy Money Project/Object

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The Lumpy Money Project/Object is a compilation album by Frank Zappa. Released posthumously on January 23, 2009 as Official Release #85, it compiles the releases Lumpy Gravy and We're Only in It for the Money with previously unreleased material, with the overall package serving as an audio documentary of the production of the two albums, which share conceptual continuity themes. It is project/object #2 in a series of 40th Anniversary FZ Audio Documentaries, following MOFO (2006).

Lumpy Money Project/Object
Frank Zappa, Lumpy Money.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedJanuary 23, 2009
Recorded1967 to 1968
GenreRock, orchestral, experimental
LabelZappa (Official Release #85)
ProducerGail Zappa
Joe Travers
Frank Zappa chronology
Joe's Menage

Lumpy Money Project/Object
Philly '76



The first disc consists of the 1967 version of Lumpy Gravy, intended for release by Capitol Records (actually a few 4-track cartridge copies of the Capitol version were distributed to wholesalers and radio stations before MGM Records, Zappa's label at the time, forced Capitol to halt distribution of their version of the album), and the 1968 mono mix of We're Only in It for the Money. The second disc consists of two remixes prepared by Zappa in 1984, with overdubs by drummer Chad Wackerman and bassist Arthur Barrow. The Lumpy Gravy remix derives from the 1968 edit; this third version of the album had not been released in full; an excerpt appeared in a sampler for The Old Masters box set.[1] The second remix, of We're Only in It for the Money had previously been released on compact disc in 1986.[1] The third disc consists of studio assembly material and interviews with Zappa discussing the albums, as well as the single version of "Lonely Little Girl".

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Frank Zappa.

Disc I: Lumpy Gravy (Primordial). Frank Zappa’s original mono edit for Capitol Records. Original tracking sessions at Capitol Studios, Produced by Nick Venet
1."Sink Trap"2:45
2."Gum Joy"3:44
3."Up and Down"1:52
4."Local Butcher"2:36
5."Gypsy Airs"1:41
6."Hunchy Punchy"2:06
7."Foamy Soaky"2:34
8."Let's Eat Out"1:49
9."Teenage Grand Finale"3:30
We’re Only In It For The Money 1968 Original mono mix, Produced by Frank Zappa.
10."Are You Hung Up?"1:26
11."Who Needs the Peace Corps?"2:32
12."Concentration Moon"2:22
13."Mom & Dad"2:16
14."Telephone Conversation"0:49
15."Bow Tie Daddy"0:33
16."Harry, You're a Beast"1:21
17."What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?"1:02
18."Absolutely Free"3:26
19."Flower Punk"3:03
20."Hot Poop"0:26
21."Nasal Retentive Calliope Music"2:03
22."Let's Make the Water Turn Black"1:58
23."The Idiot Bastard Son"3:22
24."Lonely Little Girl"1:10
25."Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance"1:34
26."What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body? (Reprise)"0:58
27."Mother People"2:31
28."The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny"6:23
Total length:61:52
Disc II: Lumpy Gravy. 1984 UMRK Remix (stereo)
1."Lumpy Gravy - Part One"15:57
2."Lumpy Gravy - Part Two"17:15
We’re Only In It For The Money. 1984 UMRK Remix (stereo)
3."Are You Hung Up?"1:23
4."Who Needs the Peace Corps?"2:34
5."Concentration Moon"2:17
6."Mom & Dad"2:16
7."Telephone Conversation"0:49
8."Bow Tie Daddy"0:33
9."Harry, You're a Beast"1:22
10."What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?"1:03
11."Absolutely Free"3:28
12."Flower Punk"3:04
13."Hot Poop"0:29
14."Nasal Retentive Calliope Music"2:03
15."Let's Make the Water Turn Black"1:45
16."The Idiot Bastard Son"3:17
17."Lonely Little Girl"1:12
18."Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance"1:35
19."What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body? (Reprise)"0:57
20."Mother People"2:31
21."The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny"6:26
Total length:74:24
Disc III: LG / WOIIFTM Outtakes, Alternate Mixes, Etc.
1."How Did That Get In Here?"25:01
2."Lumpy Gravy "Shuffle""0:30
3."Dense Slight"1:42
4."Unit 3A, Take 3"2:24
5."Unit 2, Take 9"1:10
6."Section 8, Take 22"2:39
7."My Favorite Album"0:59
8."Unit 9"0:41
9."N. Double A, AA"0:55
10."Theme From Lumpy Gravy"1:56
11."What The Fuck’s Wrong With Her?"1:07
12."Intelligent Design"1:11
13."Lonely Little Girl" (Original Composition - Take 24)3:35
14."That Problem With Absolutely Free"0:30
15."Absolutely Free" (Instrumental)3:59
16."Harry, You’re A Beast" (Instrumental)1:16
17."What’s The Ugliest Part of Your Body? / (Reprise)" (Instrumental)2:01
19."Idiot Bastard Snoop"0:47
20."The Idiot Bastard Son" (Instrumental)2:48
21."What’s Happening Of The Universe"1:37
22."The World Will Be A Far Happier Place"0:21
23."Lonely Little Girl" (Instrumental)1:26
24."Mom & Dad" (Instrumental)2:16
25."Who Needs The Peace Corps?" (instrumental)2:51
26."Really Little Voice"2:28
27."Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" (Instrumental)1:24
28."Lonely Little Girl - The Single"2:45
29."In Conclusion"0:25
Total length:71:54


All Music produced/composed & performed/conducted by Frank Zappa.
The Lumpy Money Project/Object Compiled & Produced by Gail Zappa & Joe Travers
Liner notes: David Fricke
Conceptual & Continuous Stuff & Text: Gail Zappa
Production Manager: Melanie Starks
Solar Dominance: Jupiter
Cover Art, Package Design & Layout: Michael Mesker
FZ Portrait Photo: Linda McCartney
Mastering & Audio Restoration engineer, Discs One and Three: John Polito
Mastering, Disc Two: Bernie Grundman


  1. ^ a b Zappa, Gail (2008). "track listing notes". Lumpy Money (Media notes). Frank Zappa. Zappa Records.