"Anna Molly" (pronounced like the word "anomaly" when sung as word play) is the lead single off Incubus's sixth album, Light Grenades. The single was released September 20, 2006, on the Sony Music Store almost a month before its scheduled release. However, it was soon withdrawn for unknown reasons. The single has been extremely well-received by fans of the group.
The song is abundant with riffs and has a considerable Police influence. It also gains some of its distinct sound through the band's use of a Marxophone, a type of fretless zither. The song's title is a play on the word "anomaly", and a Billboard article says the song describes "a woman who may or may not exist in real life". Also, the lyrics "this city by the sea..." suggest a reference to the Edgar Allan Poe poem "Annabel Lee." There is an acoustic version that is also available through iTunes. The lyrics reference previous Incubus songs like "Wish You Were Here".
The music video for the single features a woman played by Sasha Wexler who is found at a park, presumably deceased, and shows how she is passed from an ambulance on a stretcher, into a mortuary, and finally on an autopsy table. Throughout the video, she is shown moving her fingers little by little, even as she is put in a freezer. At the end of the video, as a medical examiner is about to perform the autopsy, her fingers move again, accompanied by a stream of tears. As the doctor brings his saw to her head, she reaches up and grabs his wrist tightly. The saw lies spinning on the floor.
|2006||"Anna Molly"||Billboard Hot 100||66|
|2006||"Anna Molly"||Modern Rock Tracks||1|
|2006||"Anna Molly"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||4|
|2006||"Anna Molly"||Billboard Pop 100||81|