They’re nobody’s buzz bands anymore. But since 1993, MAGNET has discovered and documented more great music than memory will allow. The groups may have broken up or the albums may be out of print, but this time, history is written by the losers. Here are some of the finest albums that time forgot but we remembered in issue #75, plus all-new additions to our list of Lost Classics.
:: THE FROGS
My Daughter The Broad // Matador, 1996
The politically correct early ’90s weren’t kind to Milwaukee pseudo-brothers Jimmy and Dennis Flemion, the clever/crude duo known as The Frogs. The group saw its 1991 album, Racially Yours (an LP whose cover featured Dennis in blackface), go unreleased for nine years for fairly obvious reasons. My Daughter The Broad ended a seven-year drought during which no new Frogs album was released, thus depriving the world of their offensive and mostly satirical songs. My Daughter confounded and titillated with tunes about male and female sexual deviances, study-hall pervert mutilation, molestation fantasies and other songs that raised eyebrows yet made no sense. Who doesn’t like a good folk yarn about spousal-abuse revenge (“Grandma Sitting In The Corner With A Penis In Her Hand Going ‘No, No, No, No, No’”), cripple baiting (“Where’s Jerry Lewis?”) or after-school-special depravity that’s roll-on-the-floor hilarious (“Which One Of You Gave My Daughter The Dope?”)? My Daughter The Broad is one of the funniest albums ever made.
Catching Up: The Frogs went on to have a delusional flirtation with stardom, with both Dennis and Jimmy playing with the Smashing Pumpkins and Jimmy touring and recording with Sebastian Bach. The Frogs issued the surprisingly accessible (yet still subversive) Hopscotch Lollipop Sunday Surprise in 2001. The duo still performs live, with a show set for next month’s Breeders-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in England.
“Which One Of You Gave My Daughter The Dope?”: