Forget About The Moon

Anus

Independent release, 1999

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REVIEW BY: Mark Feldman

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 02/02/2000

First, before I get into this review, let it be known that I did not go out and buy this album on my own, but rather heard all the rage from my cousin, who shall remain nameless (thanks Deborah). Okay, now that we've all come to a mutual understanding…

Forget About The Moon is musically a very flexible album, a crapshoot so to speak. It starts off fairly silent - but deadly - with a gentle intro to the "Meaning Of Doo Doo," but quickly leaves that behind and launches into the powerful "Booty Shooter," a Chili-Pepperish jam that implores us all to "put your hands on your buns / you've got the runs" and "put your hands on your computer / download booty shooter." Anus are not entirely a secular band - soon after comes "Constipated In The Holy Land," just to remind us that every band has it roots.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

And its influences - Anus make no bones about their inspirations. "So Hard For Me" follows with a Pink Floydy acoustic motif, and brings genuine tears - "It's been three days / and it ain't comin' out / it's been four long days / and it ain't comin' out / why does it get so hard for me?" "R U Rectum Ready" shows they've been listening to their Devo. And "Blood On The Stool" just seems to ooze of the Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Anus move to social commentary on "Why Is It Taboo?" - the eternal question of those oh-so-constraining rules - "Hot and steamy, brown and dreamy… why can't I touch it / why is it taboo? Must I use a fork and knife?"

"Psychic Poop" tells the fascinating tale of a fortune teller with the genius to read our future through our natural juices. And then "Tushy" puts a gripping twist on Pink Floyd's "Money" with appropriately-chosen sound effects replacing the jingling of coins that graced the far-inferior original.

This band also likes to get down, so to speak. "The Word" and "Anus On My Brainus" are anthems of the streets - you can hear them blaring from boom boxes down alleys everywhere. "License To Poo" is the sort of laid back funk you wish there more of these days.

But the real highlight is "Da Butt," a heartbreaking paean to the girl of the singer's dreams, eschewing shallow infatuations with things like her eyes, lips, and personality, and fixing his gaze on her characteristics that really truly matter most.

Anus can rock out too, as they do on the difficult hardcore of "Ahh Shit" and the rebel-rousing "What Up Booty Boy?" You feel their pain.

This is a concept album, if you will, with a fecal fetish, from a California quintet that seems to be saying "up yours" to the collective music industry. And while it's easy to turn up one's nose (or certain other parts of one's anatomy) at such shameless toilet humour, you've got to have straws up your you-know-what to keep a straight face. Hie hence to yonder record store, and stoop for the group that put the poop into pop.

Rating: B

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