Raped Ape + Rape An Ape + Rapier Ape
Last night, I discovered (via Metal Inquisition) the legend of Ft. Lauderdale-based metal band Raped Ape, who apparently ruled the early 90s underground Florida thrash scene with their unrelenting and brutal riffage. It had been quite some time since I had heard a band name that stupefyingly awesome; naturally, I Googled it and learned the reason I never crossed paths with Raped Ape while living as a teen headbanger in the Sunshine State is because they changed their name to the far less amazing Paingod in 1996 (the year I first started paying close attention to independent/regional music). Bummer. At least the artwork and YouTube vids still survive:
I think I found my next tattoo.
Now, when you search for “Raped Ape” on YouTube, the first clip that actually comes up is this next one, a hilarious snippet from some U.K. series called “Time Trumpet”:
“I was one of the few people who actually felt slightly uncomfortable with the rape element. I mean, I loved the makeover, I loved the sketches—it was just the end rape…” LOL.
Naturally, all of this made me think of that “Xtacles” episode in which the bumbling superhero squad attempts to pin a series of crimes on a non-existent villain known as Rape Ape; eventually, they relent and decide to blame the next entry in their massive, self-edited crime computer:
Man. There’s a lot of primate-based sex crime jokes in pop culture these days.
I would like to make it clear I do not condone the actual rape or sexual abuse of apes, gorillas, chimps, spider monkeys, lemurs, or George Wendt.
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