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Big things are afoot in the Ape House camp, and in their trousers, as the lads gear up for their first full-length release (not the kind that results in a "pearl necklace" either; however, if you play your cards right.......).
Ape House will strut their stuffs on stage in NYC this April, so stay tuned for details.
Croftonian pop quartet Ape House, who made news earlier this year when they signed a major-label recording contract after having played only one show together, are now courting controversy with the release of their latest single, a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey" to benefit the artists' WOMAD organization.
The furor stems from what several womens' organizations characterize as misogynistic artwork and a provocative rewriting of Gabriel's original lyrics. The picture on the single's sleeve depicts a young girl in roller skates and tight shorts leaning into the window of a parked Trans Am occupied by three of the band's members. Pictured in the foreground is singer J. Forte wearing a t-shirt with the band's logo and the text: "I've never met a monkey who didn't like bananas." A spokeswoman for the National Organization for Women alleges that the cover art, when taken in tandem with the suggestive lyrics (rewritten as "Stuff the Monkey"), sends a vulgar and unwelcome message to children and teens who may happen to inadvertently hear or view the product.
When contacted for comment, Ape House frontman Jay Forte responded, "It's a high-concept single, and we don't expect that everyone will understand where we're coming from. The message that we're trying to send is that women are truly multi-dimensional. I suppose that we're advocating the perception of women as functional works of art; they should be enjoyed physically as well as intellectually. I think that the whole situation (with regard to the single) has been blown entirely out of proportion."