ANTHONY JANAS “Lucifer, Scooby-Doo & Me” C30 (Nihilist)

Like a guitar-playing monkey whose face has melted off (see cover), Anthony Janas offers us the recorded results of said melting, complete with final impulsive twitches, maybe even the tail end of the critter’s consciousness before fully succumbing. Not for the faint of heart, this Janas fellow, whose “Lucifer, Scooby-Doo & Me” marks his first release in six years or so. And as you might expect from what I’ve suggested so far and the juxtaposition of cartoon mystery-solving hound Scooby-Doo and Lucifer, the devil himself, the results are both disturbing and playful. And weird. The whole thing’s weird.

Weird in a good way. There are spoken vocals on the first and last tracks. The first is run through a text-to-speech program and warns Christians of the “homosexual community’s” adoption of Scooby-Doo (tongue in cheek!) and discusses multiple uses of feces (tongue in cheek!). The last is not, and does not, but there are other things to discuss, with both Lucifer and Scooby-Doo (and me), but we’ll let you go through that one yourself. Otherwise you’re on your own in Anthony Janas’ imagination, and you’re up against every sonic whim he decides is his impulse at that moment in time. Lots to dig into; lots of fun.