Perennial Favorites

Perennial Favorites

by Squirrel Nut Zippers


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Perennial Favorites

Although it had been simmering for a little while, the neo-swing boom had its breakthrough hit in early 1997 with the Squirrel Nut Zippers' "Hell." Instead of fading away, the movement simply gained momentum, virtually guaranteeing a large audience for the group's summer 1998 follow-up album, Perennial Favorites. The title is a sly joke, since the group are revivalists who happen to be part of a fad, but they do prove to be more substantial than many of their peers with this record. Part of the reason they stand apart from the rest of the neo-swing crowd is that they don't forget that there was a bit of menace in the days of hot jazz -- it wasn't a naive, swinging party, there was some genuine hedonism as well. Since the Zippers are revivalists, they can only hint at the subtext that informed swing and hot jazz, but that's considerably more than their glitzy peers do. They also have a knack for a solid hook, and they deliver it all with panache and loose-limbed glee. The band may lack the chops that would make this enticing to jazzbos, but they are developing their own style, and they also have songwriting skills. "The Ghost of Stephen Foster," in particular, is a tour de force, encapsulating SNZ's gift for hooks, their subversive sense of humor, and their hidden dark side. Moments like that prove that the Squirrel Nut Zippers are more than a one-hit wonder.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/1998
Label: Fontana Mammoth
UPC: 0035498016929
catalogNumber: 980169

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Squirrel Nut Zippers   Primary Artist
Tom Maxwell   Clarinet,Gong,Rhythm Guitar,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Steve Watson   Pedal Steel Guitar
Ken Mosher   Guitar,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,fender rhodes
Jimbo Mathus   Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Trombone,Vocals
Don Raleigh   Bass
Katharine Whalen   Banjo,Vocals
Andrew Bird   Violin,Background Vocals
Stud Cole   Bass
Rick Lassiter   Bass
Emily Laurance   Harp
Je Widenhouse   Trumpet,Cornet,Background Vocals
Chris Phillips   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Steel Drums

Technical Credits

Squirrel Nut Zippers   Producer
Mike Napolitano   Producer
Clay Walker   Video Editor,Video Producer,Enhanced CD Design,Multimedia Producer

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