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The Frogs

Bananimals

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The Frogs have spent over a decade going out of their way to shock everyone, from African Americans to women to gays to record industry execs to their own fans. Realizing that their insensitive jokes are starting to sound trite, the Frogs have come up with a new way of revolutionizing rock ‘n’ roll.


They’ve recorded one the worst albums of all time.


Bananimals, the new album from über-offenders Jimmy and Dennis Flemion, is flat-out worthless. Not a single song deserves a listen. It almost sounds as if the Flemions are trying to parody themselves, what with the listless singing and playing and tired jokes recycled from albums yore. Of course, it’s doubtful the Frogs are aiming for irony here. They’ve simply grown really old, and the jokes aren’t funny anymore.


I’m not the type who takes offense to the Frogs jokes and pans them in reviews as a result. Their debut, It’s Only Right and Natural, is one of the funniest albums I’ve ever heard. I thought the compilation on Matador, My Daughter the Broad, was more filler than substance but still had its fair share of great stuff. Both Reelin’ & Rockins were hilarious. But Bananimals is just terrible. You sure as hell don’t listen to the Frogs for the music, so if there’s nothing there lyrically, what’s the point?


There’s just nothing even remotely worthwhile here. “Pay” is like a bad Weird Al idea, in which Dennis rattles off a list of the evils of indie rock to music that’s an obvious nod to Pavement. But the joke isn’t funny, and neither are the ones about sex scattered throughout the rest of the album. Gags about priests with children were funny back on the first album, but they only draw a yawn 10 years later. The raves about gay sex aren’t cute anymore. And is there really a need for any more songs about having sex with children? This stuff was shocking and at the same time funny the first time these guys did it, but they’re telling the same jokes from a decade ago, and now it completely falls flat.


The Frogs have always been one of those bands you either really love or really hate. And I’ve always really loved the Frogs. It’s a shame, then, that they’ve released Bananimals, because I don’t think I’ve ever hated an album more.

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