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Squirrel Nut Zippers — Put A Lid On It
Album: Hot
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Released: 1996
Length: 2:37
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Put a lid on it
What's that you say?
Put a lid on it
Oh man, no way
Put a lid down on it, and everything will be all right.
Put a lid on it
Don't hand me that
Put a lid on it
I'm all right, Jack
Put a lid down on it, before somebody starts a fight.

Say, every time I turn it loose you cats Come down and cook my goose
When I start I just can't stop
But if you keep this up you're gonna blow your top!
Put a lid on it
Too late this time
Put a lid on it
I've got to get what's mine
Put a lid down on it, and everything will be all right.

Well, grab your drink and clear a space I think it's time to torch this place
Now the girl's in overdrive
But some of your pals want to stay alive!
I'll put a lid on it
I'll put a lid down on it
Save it for another night
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Saw the re-formed Zippers last year in Berkeley on their Hot anniversary tour and they Blew the Lid Off It! They were at the start of a year long tour, but I don't know how they could have lasted more than a week at that level of frenzy. Thoroughly enjoyable.
 djblitz wrote:
This is DOPE AS HELL!  I thought for sure I was listening to a song from the 20's that was remastered.  

 
right?  I was totally in the Swing revival in the late 90s, something so cool about the genre, the dancing, the wallets on chains, that goes well with the single malts I like to drink (neat of course, if it's good stuff)

And then recently my wife said her bro's g/f was a guest accordionist for some band 'squirrel something' and I was like "the Squirrel Nut Zippers!!?!!" and the fact I knew the band was way cool (although my wife thinks I'm cool all the time, so no biggie there) ....too bad I wasn't down in Austin for those shows!!

This is DOPE AS HELL!  I thought for sure I was listening to a song from the 20's that was remastered.  

 
Bonedaddys?! Three huzzah for the Bonedaddies and their era of World Party Music! SNZ appreciated also. Saw them at Blue Note Honolulu earlier this year for a chill evening.

coloradojohn wrote:
Yeah! Saw the Bonedaddys play a legendary show at Al's Bar (4th and Traction, downtown LA) in the late '80s and again at The Ruby Room in Denver in the early '90s. "World Party Music" was how they described their sound. Truly fantastic memories, wild times!
SNZ rock it well and very old-school style in this, love it!
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Should check out the Bonedaddys from LA


 


Yeah! Saw the Bonedaddys play a legendary show at Al's Bar (4th and Traction, downtown LA) in the late '80s and again at The Ruby Room in Denver in the early '90s. "World Party Music" was how they described their sound. Truly fantastic memories, wild times!
SNZ rock it well and very old-school style in this, love it!
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Should check out the Bonedaddys from LA

 TerryS wrote:
Now that's how you place a sax in the tune.....are you listening Morphine?

 
So Morphine should sound like SNZ? To what end?
Should check out the Bonedaddys from LA
Now that's how you place a sax in the tune.....are you listening Morphine?
I'd love to hear China Forbes or Storm Large sing with these guys.
What a trip.
Super Doopah!  Zips got me totally activated
 phillips wrote:
a little faulty in their music, but still good memories for me! there are better songs than this on the album....
 
Actually, the members of this band are all very skilled musicians.

Let's Dance-!!!

Can' sit and listen to this... Happy Music... Dance... women... wee bit of alcohol... fun nights are made of this
 kcar wrote:


Do the wife and kids all suffer from the lingering effects of severe head trauma like dad Gary? 
 
G for Gerald or for Griffin?

Ah, ah, ah, Bill! You just found Mark Knopfler inspiration for "Camerado"...
 michaelgmitchell wrote:


Two of them approved, two didn't. I'll break the tie ... and give it shaky thumbs-up.
 

Do the wife and kids all suffer from the lingering effects of severe head trauma like dad Gary? 


Haven't heard this in ages!!!! Love it! {#Fire}
Not my fav track by them, but great group. And the other songs on this same album are great FYI.
I just love these dorks - they're so much fun, but they've got such talent, too - vocals, incredible instrumentals, and that quirky, devilish, tongue-in-cheek humor. They take risks not many artists would take, and they don't underestimate their listening audience. That's so cool... {#Music}
 StellarSwarm wrote:
Derivatively original? Is that even possible? That's kinda like saying "I really like that ugly hot chick." Derivative adj.-Copied or adapted from others. Original adj Not derived from others. Fresh and unusual.   (Really?)Not making fun here...just confused. (scratches head)

 
All music is derivative to some extent.  Anyhow, I think that comment was intentional word-play.  It was likely a deliberate oxymoron like "seriously funny" or "clearly misunderstood".


Two of them approved, two didn't. I'll break the tie ... and give it shaky thumbs-up.
slartibart_O wrote:
Gauche-bags. Talking about all your panty waist "martinis" and never once mention gin or vermouth? I scoff in your general direction. Serving banana pudding in a martini glass doesn't make it a "banana martini".

 Ntropy wrote:
Well said. I agree 100%. No frou-frou martinis allowed.
 
Whoops...{#Whisper} Betty, ixnay on the martinis. We'll serve daiquiris instead.

slartibart_O wrote:
Gauche-bags. Talking about all your panty waist "martinis" and never once mention gin or vermouth? I scoff in your general direction. Serving banana pudding in a martini glass doesn't make it a "banana martini".
Well said. I agree 100%. No frou-frou martinis allowed.
Nice to hear that North Cakalcky sound!!
rah wrote:
i thought this was snappy and cute the first time i heard it, and now i absolutely can't stand it.
Ditto that. I get what they're going for but I'd just as soon listen to the "real thing." Her voice simply grates on me now.
horstman wrote:
I once got a squirrel caught in my zipper while he was going for my nuts. :roflol:
Is the beans above the frank son?
"Meant to Be" from SNZ was my wedding song, but for my money, ya can't beat "Blue Angel." Sweet, hot sounds. And great in concert. Too bad about the sour breakup and all the pursuant lawsuits, eh?
OK we give. So totally against the mainstream media in this country now. This is such a breath of fresh air. I'm givin' up some cash. Ya'll rock. Squirrel Nut, BB King, Medeski. Damn. Thanks RP.
THIS ROCKS.
I like Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers better. "One Hour Mama" is a great album.
Poacher wrote:
Well. . . one usually shakes the vodka in solid cubes of ice to get it as cold as possible and then strain it into the glass with no ice. The glass however should be cold and only the merest hint of Martini or other enhancement - only enough to coat the glass. A swizzle is not for this drink. . . ever.
Gauche-bags. Talking about all your panty waist "martinis" and never once mention gin or vermouth? I scoff in your general direction. Serving banana pudding in a martini glass doesn't make it a "banana martini".
:puke: :puke: :puke:
Worth a 5 for the name alone :), plus an extra 2 for the 'back to basics' retro sound.
This one is cute, but D-A-M-N-A-T-I-O-N is among the best off this one and not overplayed. "Plenty More" off The Inevitable album is nice too.
Mmmmmm. Bari Sax solo.
i thought this was snappy and cute the first time i heard it, and now i absolutely can't stand it.
horstman wrote:
I once got a squirrel caught in my zipper while he was going for my nuts. :roflol:
Did you put a lid down on it? I hear it will be all right. :wink:
I once got a squirrel caught in my zipper while he was going for my nuts. :roflol:
:dance:
phillips wrote:
a little faulty in their music, but still good memories for me! there are better songs than this on the album....
I wish you'd have pointed this out before they released the album. They could have put it out without faultiness.
Me luvs me sum SNZ's!
Quality. Every time.
StellarSwarm wrote:
Derivatively original? Is that even possible? That's kinda like saying "I really like that ugly hot chick." )
Or, like saying "that chick is pretty ugly". :jump:
Dig it, cats...
a little faulty in their music, but still good memories for me! there are better songs than this on the album....
and people say that Harry Belafonte's Banana Boat Song is silly.... pointless noise. why don't they Zip their squirrel nut mouths?
StellarSwarm wrote:
Derivatively original? Is that even possible? That's kinda like saying "I really like that ugly hot chick."
Sure - haven't you ever known an ugly hot chick? She's the one that isn't all that physically attractive, but she's just so damn cool that she's hot anyway. I've dated a couple - they make very high quality, low maintenance girlfriends. SNZ have taken a bunch of very derivative elements and come up with something thoroughly original. And timely, too, if you ask me - right about the time Hot came out, it was just the right thing. Clearly that's born out in the way their popularity skyrocketed at the time. For my part, I'm totally psyched to hear SNZ on RP any time, and this entire album is excellent!
drover wrote:
I just can't help but adore these derivatively original whackballs.
haha.. see the post below. and to add to that.. you think they are original? are you serious? man... not worth my time.
drover wrote:
I just can't help but adore these derivatively original whackballs.
Derivatively original? Is that even possible? That's kinda like saying "I really like that ugly hot chick." Derivative adj.-Copied or adapted from others. Original adj Not derived from others. Fresh and unusual. Not making fun here...just confused. (scratches head)
TAP TAP TAP :motor:
:guitarist: :dancingbanana_2:
Fun!
I just can't help but adore these derivatively original whackballs.
The SNZ are just pure fun!">
:dance: :bounce:
Lack time to list its faults!
It's on the soundtrack for "A Life Less Ordinary" I think as well
rusalka wrote:
Yeah, I don't get the shaken not stirred thing. They invented the swizzle for a reason - not to chip the ice and water down the drink. So if you like 'em weaker, shake 'em up!
Well. . . one usually shakes the vodka in solid cubes of ice to get it as cold as possible and then strain it into the glass with no ice. The glass however should be cold and only the merest hint of Martini or other enhancement - only enough to coat the glass. A swizzle is not for this drink. . . ever.
Ah, the official Port-A-John theme song. ;-) Novelty, yes, but good novelty. Quite likeable (and catchy).
and my favorite bar has my favorite martini (what I call the Mugro, of course, made with Grey Goose mandarin vodka and a splash of Gran Marnier, and a slice of orange as garnish, shaken not stirred and ice cold!),
Yeah, I don't get the shaken not stirred thing. They invented the swizzle for a reason - not to chip the ice and water down the drink. So if you like 'em weaker, shake 'em up!
:bounce:
"...Minnie...the Mooch-ah!"
shel-nyc wrote:
Remember when swing made a comeback a couple years ago and all those swing clubs cropped up. That was a wild 3 weeks. I bet all those clubs are martini bars now-- at least until people realize that martinis taste like **** and the glass is really the best part.
I don't care what the "in thing" is. I know that I like swing and I like Martinis, so as long as my favorite station (RP of course!) has the swing, and my favorite bar has my favorite martini (what I call the Mugro, of course, made with Grey Goose mandarin vodka and a splash of Gran Marnier, and a slice of orange as garnish, shaken not stirred and ice cold!), then I could care less what everyone else thinks.
Gotta love a little SNZ! :bounce:
Art_Carnage wrote:
Their best CD to date, but still they're considered a novelty act by most people.
Sadly, yes. The term "novelty act" is wrongly slapped on many multi-talented groups whose music may be jokey and eccentric.
these people are WAY too funny..... :roflol:
This song was used to great effect in Contact, the Susan Stroman Broadway musical. When heard with the incredibly sexy, sensual and beautiful dancing of that show, the music was absolutely perfect.
Historically significant perhaps, but nothing that conjures up musical paradise to me. An early cartoon, perhaps. Dancing cigarettes and such nonsense.
Joyfulchristine wrote:
I'm not sure why, but SNZ (and particularly this song) always sounds like a caricature of this sound, and not the real thing. It seems like they're trying too hard to sound like Billie, Cab, et al. Does anyone else feel that way, I wonder?
i have to agree. i can't hear them without wishing i was listening to the real thing. so, thanks, Bill, for putting some of the geniune stuff on next :)
alotlikeyou wrote:
I wonder if, perhaps, it's possible that you get that impression from the band's "whole package" image, in other words, the fact that they seem to dress the part. I can see that. In their defense, I've seen them live, and they pulled out all the stops and just blazed their set. It seems like that would be difficult with anything shy of authenticity.
I've never seen them, so no...it's not that.
Well that sure was fun !!!
Heavenly!!! Love it!!!
:bounce: :lol: :roflol: :roflol: :roflol: :bounce: :roflol: What a song. Gotta dance!
Joyfulchristine wrote:
I'm not sure why, but SNZ (and particularly this song) always sounds like a caricature of this sound, and not the real thing. It seems like they're trying too hard to sound like Billie, Cab, et al. Does anyone else feel that way, I wonder?
I wonder if, perhaps, it's possible that you get that impression from the band's "whole package" image, in other words, the fact that they seem to dress the part. I can see that. In their defense, I've seen them live, and they pulled out all the stops and just blazed their set. It seems like that would be difficult with anything shy of authenticity.
Oh hell YES!!
Originally Posted by shel-nyc: Remember when swing made a comeback a couple years ago and all those swing clubs cropped up. That was a wild 3 weeks. I bet all those clubs are martini bars now-- at least until people realize that martinis taste like **** and the glass is really the best part.
Martini's taste nothing like ****. Mine taste great. Can't beat incredibly cold Tanqueray and a hint of oil from the lemon peel. Yum.
Remember when swing made a comeback a couple years ago and all those swing clubs cropped up. That was a wild 3 weeks. I bet all those clubs are martini bars now-- at least until people realize that martinis taste like **** and the glass is really the best part.
has anyone heard the rumor that the SNZ female vocalist died? i thought i heard an interview with her on the radio recently, but maybe not... :??:
is the chick in this band really a guy in drag or what? :??:
I\'m not sure why, but SNZ (and particularly this song) always sounds like a caricature of this sound, and not the real thing. It seems like they\'re trying too hard to sound like Billie, Cab, et al. Does anyone else feel that way, I wonder?
Some musical genres just never go out of style. :clap:
SNZ aren't really together any more, but I think many of the members have some solo projects going on. Their first CD, The Inevitable, is also quite good. How about some Royal Crown Revue (one of the first revival bands) or Indigo Swing?
Originally Posted by jbwiv: Just awesome fun! :clap: Anyone know if these guys are still together?
Just awesome fun! :clap: Anyone know if these guys are still together?
I\'ve always loved her crazy, quirky voice :)
What a fun song! :bounce:
Their best CD to date, but still they\'re considered a novelty act by most people.
Is this not \'hit the road Jack\' with different lyrics?
These guys crack me up! Very original, very cool. :clap:
Thank you! More SNZ! Thanks again!
Please add The Ghost of Steven Foster to your playlist...killer song by the SQZs
hey these guys are from chapel hill :D
Oh yeah, I agree! Colin James rules! Play any of his stuff!
Oh this is fab: and while you\'re in the mood for this sort of thing, Bill, play some of Colin James Little Big Band stuff. His version of Jackie Wilsons \"Baby Let\'s Shout\" swings hard.
Gotta love callouts from the horn section - great lick.
What a fun tune! :D
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
It\'s amazing how that female singer actually sounds like she\'s from the 30s.
Zaz zazza zaz!!!
Good song. Very fun. Perfect for occasional listening as is all of the zippers songs. Unfortunatly they get old very very fast.
Great choice. Proves the \"eclectic\" in your station masthead :) How about some Big Bad Voodoo Daddy as well?
"If it's good enough for granddad it's good enough for me" How a bout some real oldies like Cab Calloway and Louis Jordan? Are you All Reet? :lol: But I still love da zippers too
This sucks like a black hole.
toe-tappin\' finger-snappin\' head-boppin\' sing-along fun!! :lol:
I really like these guys. This album is a couple years old. Is there anything new?
Verry nice. Good music. I just discover, Thanks Bill to increase my music culture.