Perennial Favorites



        Alright, Sherman, set the wayback machine to 1998. Bill Clinton was getting Impeached for not having "sexual relations with that woman." A worldwide debate erupted over what the definition of is actually is, and swing music, powered by Brian Setzer, decided to make a comeback. One of those bands that just happened to be lucky enough to be making swing music in 1998 when it got huge was The Squirrel Nut Zippers. Their followup to Hot was this little number.

       Suits are Picking Up the Bill was the opener, and also the radio hit, so we'll skip talking about it. Actually, scratch that, let's do. Right off the bat, this album seperates itself from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Cherry Poppin Daddies and various other Daddies by not being quasi big band, but instead being quasi-dixieland. Instead of that Gene Krupa tap tap tappin of drums, we get bari sax and banjo, which is certainly more interesting.

       What makes this album a good listen, is all of its off key moments, both literally and figuratively. The Zippers cobble together a bizzare variety of instrumentation and tempo into some offbeat ditties like the The Ghost of Stephen Foster and The Kraken

        Overall, think The Squirrel Nut Zippers remain listenable because they didn't really sound like the other swing bands they got lumped together with back in 1998. Way more experimental and jazzy, the Squirrel Nut Zippers are definately more than just a novelty band, and definately worth another listen.