The Anachronisms

The Anachronisms

The Anachronisms are a Canadian outsider music group, formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1981. Their music is in part an examination of the nature of music and in part a reaction to what the group's members see as an excessive emphasis on musicianship in contemporary popular music. The group describes its music as "metamusic", although this term has never been clearly defined.

Much of the group's music consists of standard pop tunes arranged in heterodox ways: by inclusion of parts in other keys, for example, or of rhythm instruments playing arrhythmically. The group's music archive (at the link below) describes these arrangements as a rejection of "typical homophonic pop texture." The lyrics often deliberately abjure meaning, although the group also records many political songs clearly inspired by protest songs of the 1960s.

Current members of the group are:
*Carlos C. Carlos
*Sid Herpes
*Hector La Paunche
*Dulcimer C. Zither

"Next", The Anachronisms' thirtieth CD, was released in March 2006.

"Strictly Washroom", released in June 2003, is sub-titled "Beef IV". It continues the adventures of Biff Crash and Bump Calhoun, thereby extending the original Beef Trilogy, which was completed in the late 1980s, into a quadrilogy (or tetralogy).


[ Group homepage]
[ Music archive]

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