The Monkey Brains are fun yet full of angst and amazing creativity. Influenced by the 12 steps, Dylan, Jesus, Buddah, Lao-tzu and the Grateful Dead (in some kind of that order), Tommy Tetanus injects his alternative folk rock with these and other inspiring philosophical underpinnings. The first song,' My Monkey', dares the listener to maintain individuality in a world of conformity: 'My Monkey's funny, doesn't like bananas, isn't scared of the human race; my monkey's funny, would rather eat honey, likes to stick it all over his face.' Fans comment that Tommy Tetanus and The Monkey Brains make them 'belly laugh', 'think' 'be themselves', 'feel loved' and 'shake it'. From the dripping sarcasm of 'You're So Kool' (a punklike, old Lou Reed type song), the ballad 'Remember When', the driving rock songs, 'Let Me Be' and 'Not Buddhist Emptiness' to the sweet 'Live in Today' ('I have an invisible fence, don't have a dog so it doesn't make much sense...'), fans say they love to play and replay the catchy, funny and meaningful tunes. REVIEWS: 'Interesting tunes and sound - bob dylan circa '65 meets springsteen circa '71 with a little monty python view of the world thrown in for good measure.' Stevee D.