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Squirrel Nut Zippers


The commercialization of alternative music within the ’90s led to many strange one-hit wonders, but few were quite as unstable as Squirrel Nut Zippers. Throughout a period when hipsters had been obsessed with golf swing music in its regards to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin’s Rat Pack, the Zippers had been captivated by big-band golf swing and Harlem, developing a tongue-in-cheek salute to ’20s and ’30s jazz. For more youthful listeners acquainted with the design but not this content of vintage warm jazz, the music group was great fun, but purists found out the group’s vaguely campy love of life and amateurish technique off-putting. This argument would never possess actually been a matter of concern if “Hell,” an incessantly catchy solitary using their 1997 recording Hot, hadn’t had the opportunity to sneak through loosened option airplay to become novelty strike. “Hell” became a crossover strike on the effectiveness of a bizarrely theatrical automobile, and Squirrel Nut Zippers quickly became among the most popular alternative bands from the first 1 / 2 of the entire year. Jim Mathus (vocals, acoustic guitar, trombone) and Katharine Whalen (vocals, banjo) created Squirrel Nut Zippers in 1993 after departing Chapel Hill, NC, for the close by small city of Efland. When they resolved in Efland, the few renovated a farmhouse, where they pursued several arts and crafts, and finally the band dropped into form as Mathus and Whalen fulfilled local people like Don Raleigh (bass) and Ken Mosher (electric guitar, saxophone, vocals) who distributed a pastime in scorching jazz. In a short time, Chris Phillips (drums, percussion), Tom Maxwell (vocals, electric guitar, baritone saxophone, clarinet), and Je Widenhouse (trumpet) had been put into the band, that was today called after an old-fashioned bag of chips, Squirrel Nut Zippers. The group shortly produced its live debut in Chapel Hill and within several months had made a large group of followers through the entire South. By the finish of 1994, Squirrel Nut Zippers acquired agreed upon with Mammoth Information, plus they released their debut record, The Inevitable, within the springtime of 1995. The record didn’t make a lot of an impact, however the group continuing to tour. Their second record, Hot, premiered in January of 1997. Immediately after its discharge, “Hell” became popular on such important r / c as Los Angeles’ KROQ, and MTV shortly produced the video right into a hype clip. With the springtime, “Hell” and Scorching had become strikes, as the one was a staple on contemporary rock stations. Even though Zippers had been today effective, they received blended reviews, numerous critics declaring that these were mocking scorching jazz, not paying out tribute. Even so, the record went gold, another one, “Place a Lid onto it,” premiered in the summertime. Perennial Favorites implemented in 1998, as do Christmas Caravan. 2 yrs later, the music group released Bedlam Ballroom, showcasing a cut by past due bandmate Stacy Figure. Squirrel Nut Zippers continued a protracted hiatus in the first area of the 10 years and finally reconvened in 2008 for the live concert recording Lost at Ocean, which saw to push out a year later .

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Full Name Squirrel Nut Zippers
Music Songs Put a Lid on It, Ghost of Stephen Foster, Hell, Suits Are Picking Up the Bill, Bad Businessman, Prince Nez, Got My Own Thing Now, Memphis Exorcism, My Drag, Good Enough for Granddad, Flight of the Passing Fancy, Low Down Man, Pallin' With Al, Blue Angel, Wished for You, Baby Wants a Diamond Ring, Fat Cat Keeps Getting Fatter, St. Louis Cemetery Blues, Evening at Lafitte's, The Interlocutor, Wash Jones, It Ain't You, I've Found a New Baby, Trou Macacq, Anything But Love, The Kraken, That Fascinating Thing, Plenty More, Club Limbo, Radio, You're Drivin' Me Crazy, Bedbugs
Albums The Inevitable, Hot, Sold Out, Roasted Right, Perennial Favorites, Christmas Caravan, Bedlam Ballroom, The Best of Squirrel Nut Zippers as Chronicled by Shorty Brown, Lost at Sea

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Epic 2013 performer: "Hell"
Burlesque 2010/I performer: "Poor Boys Blues", "That Fascinating Thing", "Verdi Mart Shuffle", "Curly's Blues", "Suits Are Picking Up the Bill", "Sitting Pretty"
Carlston za Ognjenku 2008 performer: "Ghost of Stephen Foster"
You Kill Me 2007 performer: "My Drag"
Banished 2007 performer: "HELL"
Happily N'Ever After 2006 performer: "Baby Wants a Diamond Ring"
Fido 2006 performer: "Put a Lid on it" / writer: "Put a Lid on it"
The O.C. 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Comic Book: The Movie 2004 Video performer: "Good Enough for Grandad"
The Drew Carey Show 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dead Like Me 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Monkeybone 2001 performer: "Hell"
L'ultimo bacio 2001 performer: "Blue Angel"
Three to Tango 1999 performer: "Trou Macacq"
Fifty 1999 Documentary performer: "Got My Own Thing Now"
Blast from the Past 1999 performer: "Trou Macacq", "Hell"
Dead Man on Campus 1998 performer: "Hell"
Sex and the City 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Life Less Ordinary 1997 performer: "Put a Lid on It"
Squirrel Nut Zippers: Hell 1997 Short performer: "Hell"
Dream with the Fishes 1997 performer: "Blue Angel", "Hell"
Just Your Luck 1996 Video performer: "Meant To Be"
Flirting with Disaster 1996 performer: "Anything But Love" / writer: "Anything But Love"
Black Magic 1992 TV Movie performer: "Istanbul"



The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1997 TV Series Musical Guest



Stay Tuned 2002 Video documentary The Band
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1998-2000 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest / Themselves
Asleep at the Wheel: The Making of 'Ride with Bob' 1999 TV Movie Themselves
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1998-1999 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1998 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Viva Variety 1997 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest

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