September 12, 2000
Spoken Word, Comedy, Standup Comedy, Blue Humor

Album Review

The latter half of the '90s saw a spate of movies and albums that seemed to make the world safe once again for crude, juvenile humor. Some were actually very good (There's Something About Mary, for instance), some were witless, and many were quite popular. So what better time for Andrew Dice Clay -- who attempted to clean up his image for a short-lived sitcom, insisting that the Diceman was just a character -- to resurrect his standup recording career with the crude, callous character that brought him so much notoriety at the start of the '90s? As Clay himself puts it on his 2000 comeback album, "Ever since we passed the new millennium...nobody wants to insult nobody, nobody wants to hurt anybody, nobody wants to have any f*ckin' fun." The album's presentation actually recalls another early-'90s act reluctantly championed by free-speech advocates, the 2 Live Crew: the title, Face Down, Ass Up, was also a Crew song title, and the cover (with its three oiled, thong-wearing porn actresses presenting their backsides to the camera) could have been lifted almost straight from any Luther Campbell project. Instead, though, the guest rap artist is Snoop Dogg, who appears on the album-closing musical skit "Club 33." Other than that, it's pretty much business as usual; Clay picks up right where he left off with his last album, which was released a full seven years prior. Many of Clay's fans have long maintained that his material is just dumb fun -- not intended to be taken or thought about seriously -- and shrug off any criticism as uptight political correctness. But usually, that view goes hand in hand with an assumption that being "politically incorrect" (a phrase that's come to signal the same predictability as the similarly overused one it's reacting against) automatically makes for daring, rebellious comedy. To be fair, even if you're open to blue humor but can't stomach Clay's act, there will still be a few funny moments scattered over the course of the record. But there's still such a heavy reliance on naughty language (i.e., at the expense of setups and punch lines), and there are still so many mean-spirited jokes made at the expense of women, minorities, and gays that it's difficult for anyone who doesn't share the Diceman's view of life to enjoy the album that much. The bottom line is that it's the same old story -- Clay's old fans will be happy to have him back, and Face Down, Ass Up may even win him a few new fans who missed him the first time around.
Steve Huey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Banana Girl
  2. Dice Funk-Up
  3. He Said, She Said
  4. Sid and the Oriental
  5. K2Y: China Diner
  6. The Poem
  7. Big Head
  8. Midgets 2000
  9. Banana Nose
  10. Big Tit/Pin Tit
  11. K2Y: Wife
  12. Sid: All Bound Up
  13. Never Marry Her
  14. For Who, For Her, For What
  15. The Honeymoon
  16. The Honeymoon's Over
  17. Road Call
  18. Date Night at the Movies
  19. Home or Office, You Decide
  20. The Pencil Room
  21. Old School Phone
  22. My Cum
  23. Grocery, Pt. 1
  24. Fish Tank
  25. Grocery, Pt. 2
  26. Rita's Ass Funnel
  27. Flat Ass/Fat Ass
  28. My Statement
  29. Fat Ass House Mix
  30. Sid: In the Toilet
  31. Club 33
  32. Good 4 U
  33. Club 33 (Reprise)
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