What? And Give Up Showbiz?

What? And Give Up Showbiz?

by Asylum Street SpankersAsylum Street Spankers


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Topical, humorous, multifariously virtuosic, and never afraid of a dirty joke, the Asylum Street Spankers have always been more at home on-stage than in the studio. This two-disc set documents the highlights from a two-week stint at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York, and offers a fairly predictable program of fan favorites ("Beer," "Winning the War on Drugs," "Stick Magnetic Ribbons on Your SUV") augmented by extensive between-song patter. Not all of the patter is quite as funny as it really ought to be, but the performances are tight and energetic and anyone who misses the Squirrel Nut Zippers or enjoys the political Great Folk Scare stylings of the Foremen will get a big kick out of this band. There's also some throat singing, a musical saw, a blistering version of "Got My Mojo Workin'" (sung by the brilliant Christina Marrs), more than one puerile novelty number (most notably the sniggering "My Country's Calling Me"), and a handful of brilliant, fully realized originals as well: note in particular Marrs' spectacular period piece "Monkey Rag." The album's most potentially embarrassing moment -- a putative country-rap fusion titled "Hick Hop" -- somehow manages to avoid being deeply embarrassing and succeeds at being merely boring. Overall, this is a good two-disc set that would have been an excellent one-disc set -- but since it's priced like a single disc, there's no reason to complain.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
Label: Yellow Dog Records
UPC: 0823800140826
catalogNumber: 21408
Rank: 120279

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Asylum Street Spankers   Primary Artist
Charlie King   Dobro,Harmonica,Mandolin,Vocals,Throat Singing
Wammo   Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals,Washboard,Human Whistle
Scott Marcus   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Stanley Smith   Clarinet,Guitar,Vocals
Christina Marrs   Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Saw,Tenor Banjo,Guitar (Tenor)
Nevada Newman   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Korey Simeone   Violin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Ray Bauduc   Composer
Bob Haggart   Composer
Charlie King   Composer
Greg Ginn   Composer
Wammo   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Rich Lamb   Engineer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Gil Rodin   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Stanley Smith   Composer
Christina Marrs   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
Joshua Cain   Stage Manager
J.P. Riedie   Director,Producer,Audio Production
Brooke Barnett   Graphic Design
Todd Sebastian Williams   Cover Photo
Nevada Newman   Composer
L. Russell Brown   Composer
Preston Foster   Composer

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