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Mercurial

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Austin's all-acoustic ensemble covers a lot of ground on this typically eclectic outing. Blues, folk, jazz, rockabilly, klezmer, new wave, and even punk go through the Asylum Street Spankers' retro wringer, and all emerge in the band's typically swinging, if slightly gimmicky, fashion. The Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere" is transformed into an authentic rockabilly breakdown, somewhat like a combination of Manhattan Transfer and Sun-era Elvis. Black Flag's "TV Party" goes the hoedown route and now sounds like something the cast from Hee Haw recorded, complete with snappy TV jokes and theme songs from Bonanza, The Flintstones, and Jeopardy. Not as giggly but far better is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Austin's all-acoustic ensemble covers a lot of ground on this typically eclectic outing. Blues, folk, jazz, rockabilly, klezmer, new wave, and even punk go through the Asylum Street Spankers' retro wringer, and all emerge in the band's typically swinging, if slightly gimmicky, fashion. The Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere" is transformed into an authentic rockabilly breakdown, somewhat like a combination of Manhattan Transfer and Sun-era Elvis. Black Flag's "TV Party" goes the hoedown route and now sounds like something the cast from Hee Haw recorded, complete with snappy TV jokes and theme songs from Bonanza, The Flintstones, and Jeopardy. Not as giggly but far better is a radically reworked version of the blues chestnut "Got My Mojo Workin'" sung as a slinky, finger-popping torch song by group co-founding member Christina Marrs. The swinging Dixieland side of the group is well represented by Sophie Tucker's "Some of These Days," a straight version enhanced by banjo, fiddle, and clarinet. A no-frills cover of the B-52's' "Dance This Mess Around" might be fun for those who don't know the original, but the Spankers' version doesn't noticeably improve or even alter the original and, worse, interrupts the flow of the album. The suggestive "Tight Like That," made popular by Tampa Red, gets the lyrics to Jim Carroll's "People Who Died" grafted onto the chorus, successfully combining two especially disparate genres in a very funny and unexpected -- at least once -- juxtaposition. Bessie Smith's salacious "Sugar in My Bowl," Ivory Joe Hunter's "Since I Met You Baby," and the pop standard "Shine on Harvest Moon" are all relatively unaltered, although the Spankers' winking humor is unmistakable. Mercurial is frisky, good-natured fun and a fine way to break into the band's lively retro sound and entertaining, self-deprecating but reverent Americana approach.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Yellow Dog Records
  • UPC: 823800140420
  • Catalog Number: 21404
  • Sales rank: 145,377

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asylum Street Spankers Primary Artist
Wammo Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals, Washboard, Vocal Harmony
Stanley Smith Clarinet, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Christina Marrs Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Background Vocals, Tenor Banjo, Vocal Harmony
Garreth Broesche Mandolin
Nevada Newman Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Korey Simeone Dobro, Violin, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Paul Schlichting Background Vocals
Pb Shane Background Vocals
Stanly Smith Background Vocals
Garreth Broesche Mandolin
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Taj Mahal Composer
Fred Schneider Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Max Eider Composer
Greg Ginn Composer
Wammo Composer, Executive Producer
Adam Horovitz Composer
Brian Beattie Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Shelton Brooks Composer
Tim Brymn Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels Composer
Rick Rubin Composer
Keith Strickland Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Cindy Wilson Composer
Adey Wilson Composer
Jack Norworth Composer
Asylum Street Spankers Arranger
Billy Stull Mastering
Christina Marrs Executive Producer
Billy Mayhew Composer
Dally Small Composer
Traditional Composer
J.P. Riedie Executive Producer
Joseph "Run" Simmons Composer
Preston Foster Composer
Bria Audio Production
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