By Scott Brown
January 07, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

The strident, scatological prankishness of Tom Green’s ”The Bum Bum Song” may represent the future of humor (it has been among the most downloaded tracks at, so let’s be thankful that the Milwaukee comedy troupe the Dead Alewives are still kickin’ it old school with such listenable and refreshingly poo-free fare as Momma Rap (MP3, available at, a decidedly geeky meditation on the time-honored frat-house tradition of ”your mom” jokes. Dueling rappers engage in vicious repartee regarding their respective mothers’ penchants for B movies and vintage arcade games (interlaced with the usual drug, weight, and sex gags). A sample: ”Your momma is wack, man/Always playing Pac-Man/Tried to pick her up/And I threw out my back, man.” The rejoinder: ”That’s a clever endeavor/But watch me pull the lever/Your momma auditioned for Batman Forever.” Forget the Greening of comedy: This here’s the mother load. B+