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Guttermouth: Musical MonkeyMusical Monkey (1997)
Nitro Records

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The decline of Guttermouth is one of the most unusual degressions of a punk band in recent years. After releasing several fast-paced and immature albums on Nitro, Guttermouth moved to Epitaph and made Covered With Ants, a slower, much poppier affair that lost them some fans. Then came Gusto, a pop-p.
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The decline of Guttermouth is one of the most unusual degressions of a punk band in recent years. After releasing several fast-paced and immature albums on Nitro, Guttermouth moved to Epitaph and made Covered With Ants, a slower, much poppier affair that lost them some fans. Then came Gusto, a pop-punk album filled with experimentations in country, jazz, hip-hop and 80s-styled new wave. Suddenly, their punk credibility all but disappeared.

To find out just how far Guttermouth fell, one only needs to listen to Musical Monkey, which is their best album. As you might expect from the album art, featuring a toy monkey feasting on plastic babies, this is not for the easily offended. But Guttermouth has an edge over most offensive-for-the-hell-of-it bands out there, because they're equal opportunity offenders. They're not afraid to be sexist ("S.D.F.B."), sacreligious ("Good Friday") or homophobic ("Big Pink Dress"), as long as it gets a laugh.

And it definitely does. This album is hilarious if you're the kind of person who laughs at the idea of human-donkey fornication. Thankfully, I am, so I find this CD to be a never-ending source of amusement. The funniest song here would have to be "Baker's Dozen," which gleefully mocks the punk scene with lyrics like "sober vegans, you all suck." Subtle they aren't, but Guttermouth sure knows to get their pojnts across.

The album's one misstep is a minute and a half metal pisstake called "Corpse Rotting In Hell." It's a funny take on metal, but it disrupts the flow of the album and will no doubt have you pressing the skip button every time you listen. But other than that, this album is a non-stop assault of hilarious punk rock. It won't change anyone's life or anything like that, but it is damn good fun.

 

 
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timmytheturtle1039 (December 15, 2005)

" 'will you guys ever sell out'
'how much you got' "

Anonymous (August 7, 2005)

Shut the fuck up you guys. Ok ya gusto and covered with ants sucked dick ya i get that and they get that to. Shit go to one of there shows and you will see what the guttermouth fans like about them. There pit in the troubador was probably stronger than bad religion or TSOL i wud know becuz ive seen these bands. Guttermouth and The Vandals are probably the best bands to go see live. And Friendly people and Musical Monkey were the best CD's from guttermouth and a couple of songs from the Full length LP are bomb to

Cos (December 28, 2004)

Guttermouth is pretty great until you turn 20, and then you look back and think "Huh, that's not really funny anymore." The band hit their peak with "Friendly People" (better than Full Length LP, just because they're tighter) and "Musical Monkey" is the sole bright spot in their post "FP" output. Lately, Guttermouth is just a band of old men trying deperately to make amusing potty jokes to little kids. Any the Vandals are doing THAT a whole lot better.

--Cos

Anonymous (December 27, 2004)

mmmmm.....guttermouth

Anonymous (December 27, 2004)

Guttermouth write fun, catchy song with highly offensive lyrics. To say they're "not about the music" is bullshit: they're catchier than 95% of punk bands out there. Bands like The Mars Volta spend weeks upon weeks writing songs, trying to create masterpieces, but the end result is contrived shit, whereas G-Mouth write a whole album in a couple of days. Their carefree-ness is put into plain evidence
in every song; although these songs are easy to play and quite superficial, I'll be damned if I don't know them by heart after 2 listens. Plus, they have a knack for making you come back for one more listen. And then another one.

-Chinatown

discharge (December 27, 2004)

i hate p.c
society is an oxymoron, numb but full of sensitivity.
most can handle watching a human die on the screen of their t.v, but a song that that makes a crack at the minority (in good humor) is bashed. psh.

Anonymous (December 27, 2004)

Of course they don't care, if they did they would be all for rocking against bush, wearing choo choo hats, trucker hats, peta2, and sporthing the latest in the pink on black t-shirt and girl pants fashion.

Anonymous (December 25, 2004)

"Their punk credibility all but disappeared?"

If I were them I could care less what a bunch of fucking idiots thought of my band and if I had "punk cred." Pffft.

Anonymous (December 25, 2004)

If they aren't about the music? Then why do they make CD's?? That doesn't make sense.... Yeah I know they like to have fun, they kick ass live... But not about the music?

Dubar (December 25, 2004)

I dont think people understand Guttermouth. They never have, and never will give a fuck about music. Guttermouth is about fun, and thats what they've always been about. Don't buy any of their epitaph albums... the stuff sounds terrible, but even terrible tracks like "My Girlfriend" become way fun in their drunken, yay-ed out live show. Guttermouth is easily one of the most energetic and all-around fun live bands out there, and yes, if you ask me musical monkey is their best cd.

Anonymous (December 25, 2004)

Mark gay?? lmao more like homophobic... Why else did you think they got kicked off of warped tour?? The guy makes fun of Gerard of My Chemical Romance, on his website....

I also think Eat Your Face, brings them back full circle anyway.. that CD is really good. It will also go un-noticed thanks to bands like Good CHarlotte who cry and whine about their Dad missing their baseball game... I can't belive kids think that what punk is.....

Anonymous (December 23, 2004)

Yeah my bad, I thought Gorgeous was Gusto for some reason. Goddamn alliteration.

Anonymous (December 23, 2004)

Full Length LP was the best one

Then Friendly People and Teriyakimoto.

anything after that was just OK

Anonymous (December 23, 2004)

gusto did come out after covered with ants. this is good. gorgeous is really good.

Anonymous (December 22, 2004)

"Corpse Rotting In Hell"

is probably the best song on the album

Anonymous (December 22, 2004)

mark ain't gay. i have a friend who worked with him on warped last year and he was trying to get into her pants like nobodys business, plus if you've ever seen a guttermouth show, he'll trade shirts with a chick anytime, but not cuz he likes the threads but cuz he'll see their tits. sounds pretty gay to me. or there's the asian girl i used to always see on his arm whenever i'd spot him at local shows. sounds like a girlfriend to me. whatever if you want to believe he's gay, more power to ya.

Anonymous (December 22, 2004)

What the fuck is this reviewer talking about?

Sorry, did he just ignore "Gorgeous"? That was just as good as "Musical Monkey."

I guess this dude also ignored my review of Guttermouth's "Eat Your Face" which was indeed a noteworthy (if not significant) return to "Friendly People" form.

What-fucking-ever...

Gray Davis
Special Counsel
Loeb & Loeb

Anonymous (December 22, 2004)

what do you think, mr. slave?

jethuth! jethuth chrith!

Anonymous (December 22, 2004)

i heard he was gay too :confused:

paul

Anonymous (December 22, 2004)

Punk isn't fun. If you are having fun, you sold out the scene.

Anonymous (December 22, 2004)

If Mark is gay, how the hell do you explain his three year old daughter?

Maybe recording "Gusto" turned him gay.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 22, 2004)

this band is just god awful, i dont' know how they ever got a following

perfect world is good, i'll give em that and nothing else

paul

Anonymous (December 22, 2004)

My Pussy has hair now, my pussy has hair now, yippie!!!!!!
(and these tiny little black bugs, ewwwww)
-Chinatown

xmidipunkbastardx (December 22, 2004)

"No, the Neo-Nazis in your town are homophobic and racist because they honestly believe in that way of thinking."

oh really? that brigns a totally new point of view.... (sarcasm, mind you)

"The singer for this band is gay. Get over yourself. "

boohoo. still, how many fucking dorks don't know that? probably about every fucking one listening to this band on a regurlar basis.

score is for the nils. and the doughboys. and other bands that actually fucking have something to say besides "wuahaha, look at me, i'm funny!.

TheOneTrueBill (December 22, 2004)

I second that comment about 'Gorgeous.' I really don't understand why the band chooses to ignore it.

Anonymous (December 22, 2004)

This album is really great and I am glad that someone wrote a solid review for it. I also think that "Eat Your Face" is a really strong release.

- Walter Sobchak

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

"yhea, so are the neonazis in our town... do i have to listen to them?"

No, the Neo-Nazis in your town are homophobic and racist because they honestly believe in that way of thinking.

The singer for this band is gay. Get over yourself.

-BSD

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

Any band that supports abortion is cool in my book. "Eat Your Face" was the most entertaining punk album of 2004.

-Chinatown

TheNightProwler (December 21, 2004)

I don't see why Musical Monkey is considered their best album, I actually think that Gorgeous is probably the best album they've ever made. It has my favorite Guttermouth song "Con Especial." Plus it has Hit Machine, Nice Place To Visit, Food Storage, I Have A Dream, BBB, High Balls, and Power Up. Those are all classics in my book.

It fucking sucks cause I don't even think Guttermouth play any songs from this album anymore. Gorgeous has become an under-rated album.

SilentStorms (December 21, 2004)

Yeah I used to fucking love this album. And it certainly was their high point (hahaha) but Covered with Ants came out after Gusto. Gusto was alright, as in half the track were really good, but half the tracks sucked my ass. This will always hold a place in my heart, right next to that butterfly pacemaker I stole from Krusty. Lates.

blinkrules (December 21, 2004)

score is for my chemical romance and makeup

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

what the FUCK, people??!! no love for friendly people? that is the definitive guttermouth album in my opinion. that shit used to make my balls ache. i used to love seeing peoples faces when i blared that shit. it was the crassest, fastest, loudest, funniest, most offensive punk rock in the land when it was released. i fucking dare you to argue with me on that one.

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

my favorite part of this record is on the last track, titled "musical monkey" where they are doing a mock interview, to make fun of all the shitty fanzines, and mark is pretending to be the interviewer asks jaime what his main influences are and his response is " WATCHING YOUR MOM SHIT ON ME" HAHAHAHAAAAA. fucking classic. ahhh how the g-mouth takes me back. ditchin high school to smoke dope and listen to punk rock. good times.

trailerparkjesus (December 21, 2004)

This album is fucking awesome. The review on the other hand, was not.

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

never

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

real good album. when's jaime coming back?

xmidipunkbastardx (December 21, 2004)

"They're not afraid to be sexist ("S.D.F.B.") or homophobic ("Big Pink Dress"), as long as it gets a laugh."

yhea, so are the neonazis in our town... do i have to listen to them?
could this band please break up so hard all their records crumble into pieces and no one will ever know that this band existed at all?
that's what i would like for christmas.

notfeelingcreative (December 21, 2004)

Okay this is my favorite guttermouth record, but even so the only songs I really dig are "lipstick" and "perfect world" so, it's ok I guess!

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

The best Guttermouth album, by far.

And the only one I've ever listened to more than once or twice.

TheOneTrueBill (December 21, 2004)

Eat your Face is pretty fucking good. They're definitly on the rebound.

This makes me nostalgic for 90's Nitro. Back in the "Deep Thoughts" era.

greg0rb (December 21, 2004)

"Teri Yakimoto! In the back seat of my Toyota!"
Brings back memories. Yet I havent listened to guttermouth in like 6 years.
-Greg

Anchors (December 21, 2004)

Score's for your user name if it's a South Park reference, like I'm thinking it is.

If not, solid review anyhow.

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

Very good review, no bullshit here.

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

the song where he sings like fred schneider auditioning for the doors is pretty funny, but it's humor will probably be lost on most of the youngsters.

gladimnotemo (December 21, 2004)

"As you might expect from the album art, featuring a toy monkey feasting on plastic babies, this is not for the easily offended."

I can't believe someone would put such a thing on an album! Offensive content in punk rock? Oh my!

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

"Eat Your Face" was a good album as well. It's one of those cds that stays in the cd player for months at a time. But yeah Gusto was terrible, and Covered with Ants had some cool tunes like "she's got the look" "chug-a-lug night" "looking good is all that matters" and a few others

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

who?

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