Ass Baboons of Venus

Phuket Ala Bum Bum

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Ever since the Flying Lizards made their cover of "Money" into a novelty hit, the idea of the cutesy Japanese singer matched with harmless twee pop has taken many forms and shapes. One of the most interesting is the Ass Baboons of Venus, a duo consisting of singer Naoko Nozawa and instrumentalist Bob Limp. Their fascination with all things anal, combined with song titles like "Baby Sitter Devoid of Odor," give the impression that they are too tightly fabricated to actually make good music. But there is a certain self-deprecating charm that adds to the proceedings, giving the tracks an edge that is often missing from the one-trick joke acts that they are often lumped in with. The songs are catchy, the song titles even catchier, and Nozawa's delivery is a straight parody of the coy little girl act that comes with this genre. Although they may not be as experimental as Melt Banana or as consistently catchy as Shonen Knife, they still manage to do just fine with their minimalist rumblings. By approaching the material with tongues firmly planted in cheek, they've managed to make a listenable collection of bizarro pop that sheds the "cute" image by the time listeners figure out what they really mean by "Suck Seed No Don't."

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