Monday, November 13, 2006

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Today's featured song was supposed to be the Sunday Classic here and on the MySpace group, but the weekend was extremely busy (sleep marathon) and I had to put things off a bit. If only I were a machine... hrmm. This was originally going to be our Halloween song last month but I forgot to grab it from the classics file folder on my computer desktop. In any case, this afterlife wonder from the 90s deserves a warm little place here on MML. Yep, you guessed it. This is a live version of a great song that 30 to 40-somethings will most likely remember while early 20-somethings might be left scratching their heads. I can't believe how quickly this band made the MTV video heavy (and I mean heavy) rotation list only to disappear a couple of years later. I guess it's just a good thing this band climbed out of NPR's Mongolian goat-skinned guitar/Buckwheat Zydeco lineup... or was it? It often amazes me how short the popular life span of an artistic collective can be. You would think something like this, even with the MTV curse, was built to last. The band never officially called it quits, even with pending lawsuits regarding their name, so that might be of comfort to fans. There are only a few links I have to share so lets get to them already?

Squirrel Nut Zippers
formed sometime around 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. From what I read, the original lineup consisted of Tom Maxwell, Ken Mosher, Katherine Whalen, Jim Mathus, Don Raleigh, Stacy Guess and Chris Phelps. The song you are listening to is from the band's breakthrough album Hot which was released in 1996 on the Mammoth Records label. Of course this is a live version, so you will need to visit the Squirrel Nut Zippers MySpace Fan Page to hear the studio track. Post-SNZ projects include founding members Tom and Ken in an aptly titled band Maxwell/Mosher as well as Katherine Whelan's wonderful solo work. After poking around a bit more I found a Squirrel Nut Zippers Fan website as well as the moment you've all been waiting for. **drum roll***** A YouTube video for the song HELL! Seeya in church.

MP3: Hell (Live Version)

1 comment:

Courtney said...

Squirrel Nut Zippers were AMAZING live. One of the most fun shows I've ever been to.