Spanks for the Memories [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Kenneth Bays
Sometimes there's a thin line between tribute and parody, and Austin's acoustic Asylum Street Spankers walk that line with more grace and dignity than most. On their debut album, the Austin-based collective borrows classic jug band instrumentation, vocal mannerisms, and in some cases even repertoire, imbuing songs like Lucille Bogan's "Shave 'Em Dry" and Robert Johnson's seminal blues "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day" with both authenticity and irony. For the most part it works well, largely due to the fact that Asylum Street Spankers know when to go for camp appeal and when to play it straight. The contributions of co-frontman Wammo take the former route, with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kenneth Bays
Sometimes there's a thin line between tribute and parody, and Austin's acoustic Asylum Street Spankers walk that line with more grace and dignity than most. On their debut album, the Austin-based collective borrows classic jug band instrumentation, vocal mannerisms, and in some cases even repertoire, imbuing songs like Lucille Bogan's "Shave 'Em Dry" and Robert Johnson's seminal blues "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day" with both authenticity and irony. For the most part it works well, largely due to the fact that Asylum Street Spankers know when to go for camp appeal and when to play it straight. The contributions of co-frontman Wammo take the former route, with originals "Lee Harvey" and "Startin' to Hate Country" dependent on humor for their effectiveness; the covers of pop standards "I'll See You in My Dreams" and "Brazil" are less affected. More surprising is the album's emotional range. How many groups could get away with sequencing a whimsical ode to marijuana "Funny Cigarette," which succeeds based on its attention to vaudevillian detail, even though the band bettered it in 2000 with "Beer," which was essentially a rewrite back to back with a darkly earnest glimpse at the underbelly of small-town America Guy Forsyth's devastating "Hometown Boy"? Not many, and that boldness is the greatest strength of Spanks for the Memories, an album that's among the rawest yet most nuanced in the group's catalog. The 2002 reissue adds "Drunkard's Wave," a lurching barroom anthem, and "Black Eyed Blues," a comic tale of revenge that slyly echoes the bawdy early blues numbers the band holds dear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Yellow Dog Records
  • UPC: 823800149621
  • Catalog Number: 21496
  • Sales rank: 206,850

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:24)
  2. 2 If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day (5:11)
  3. 3 Superchief (3:01)
  4. 4 Song With No Words (4:12)
  5. 5 Introduction (0:17)
  6. 6 Lee Harvey (4:27)
  7. 7 I'll See You in My Dreams (3:15)
  8. 8 Hesitation Blues (2:51)
  9. 9 Startin' to Hate Country (4:28)
  10. 10 Walkin' and Whistlin' Blues (5:16)
  11. 11 Shave 'Em Dry (2:45)
  12. 12 Brazil (3:53)
  13. 13 Tradewinds (3:29)
  14. 14 Introduction (0:15)
  15. 15 Funny Cigarette (3:16)
  16. 16 Hometown Boy (5:29)
  17. 17 Drunkard's Wave (3:05)
  18. 18 Black Eyed Blues (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asylum Street Spankers Primary Artist
Wammo Vocals, Washboard, Group Member
Guy Forsyth Harp, Vocals, Guitar (Resonator), Group Member
Kevin Smith Upright Bass
Josh Arnson Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Pops Bayless Mandolin, Ukulele, Vocals, Tenor Banjo
Stanley Smith Clarinet, Vocals, Group Member
Mysterious John Kazoo, Vocals, Group Member
Jimmie Dean Vocals, Snare Drums, Brushes, Group Member
Christina Marrs Ukulele, Vocals, Group Member
Olivier Giraud Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Wammo Composer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Walter Morgan Engineer
Mark Rubin Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Todd Williams Cover Photo
Josh Arnson Arranger, Cover Photo
Jerry Tubb Mastering
Mysterious John Composer
Christina Marrs Executive Producer
Gus Haenschen Composer
Todd Sebastian Williams Cover Photo
Joe Omelchuk Reissue Producer, Remastering
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