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What? And Give Up Show Business?

Album: What? And Give Up Show Business?
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ladies and Gentlemen... I've Wasted My Life
2)    Everybody Loves My Baby
3)    Nice Theater
4)    My Country's Calling Me
5)    Winning the War on Drugs
6)    Blue Prelude
7)    It's Good to Be Here in, Uh...
8)    Why Do It Right?
9)    Stanley and Wammo
10)    Since I Met You Baby
11)    Gig from Hell
12)    Monkey Rag
13)    Morning Moron Mob, The
14)    Medley of Burned Out Songs
15)    Beer
16)    Strange Talents
17)    Leaf Blower
18)    Bus Story, The
19)    Think About Your Troubles
20)    Daddy Drinks Because You Cry
21)    You Only Love Me for My Lunchbox
1)    Y'All Like Love Songs?
2)    My Baby in the CIA
3)    Read Thinner Books
4)    Asylum Street Blues
5)    Breathin'
6)    Bathroom Break
7)    Big Noise from Winnetka
8)    Hick Hop
9)    Got My Mojo Workin'
10)    Take a Good Look...
11)    My Favorite Record
12)    Encore!
13)    Blade of Grass
14)    Requests?
15)    Pakalolo Baby
16)    Tight Like That
17)    Wake and Bake
18)    TV Party
19)    Goodnight
20)    Stick Magnetic Ribbons on Your SUV
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Performer Notes
  • Asylum Street Spankers: Charlie King (vocals, throat singing, dobro, mandolin, harmonica); Wammo (vocals, whistling, harmonica, washboard, percussion); Christina Marrs (vocals, guitar, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, ukulele, musical saw); Nevada Newman (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Stanley Smith (vocals, guitar, clarinet); Korey Simeone (vocals, violin); Scott Marcus (vocals, drums, percussion); Josh Hoag (bass instrument).
  • Audio Mixer: Rich Lamb.
  • Director: J.P. Riedie.
  • Photographers: Todd Sebastian Williams; Justin Fox Burks.
  • 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. ~ Rick Anderson
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.40) - "[I]ts musical style knows no bounds. Blues, jazz, jug band, ragtime, bluegrass, country rock, and hip-hop get thrown into its musical blender with four-part harmonies, a musical saw, a washboard...in addition to some amazing harmonica work..."
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