Asylum Street Spankers
Mommy Says No!
Yellow Dog Records
I suppose it’s no longer surprising for even the most risqué band to record a children’s album. I mean, I actually own collections of kid’s music with the likes of Nick Cave and Tom Waits, so the fact that Austin’s often-raunchy Asylum Street Spankers, who once dedicated an entire album to the virtues of weed (and did it well), as well as two disturbingly funny EPs of X-rated naughtiness (“Shave ’em Dry” and “Everybody’s Fucking But Me” are two keepers), is hardly groundbreaking. In fact, it actually makes perfect sense.
This theatrical group of skilled players—they started out busking, are a hoot live, and almost all of their albums are thematic in nature—have always carried themselves with a certain immature goofiness. And even if their past efforts have been aimed at adults, it’s not a stretch to hear the same irreverent attitude applied to songs about boogers and training wheels. The G-rated spirit’s best captured on the opening track, “Be Like You,” where band co-founder Christina Marrs lends her infectious vocals to a sing-along about adults wishing to be kids again. This album will make older fans feel the same way. (Skylar Browning)
Asylum Street Spankers play the Badlander Friday, Aug. 31, at 9 PM. Broken Valley Roadshow opens. $10.