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Squirrel Nut Zippers — Blue Angel
Album: Hot
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Total ratings: 1705









Released: 1996
Length: 4:31
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Your mama never told you
how you were s'posed to treat a girl
Your papa never told you
now you're alone, out in the world
Sirens are screaming
inside the winding sheets are pale
The devils are dreaming,
dreaming of a blue angel

Now I lay me down to sleep
but troubled dreams are all I find
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
I pray so I won't lose my mind
Streetlights come streaming
on wings tonight I'll soon set sail
The devils are dreaming,
dreaming of a blue angel

Your mama's gonna take it hard
you always were your mama's boy
You're lying in the graveyard
now you're not your mama's joy
Silence is screaming
i'll bat an eye and cast my spell
The devil's are dreaming,
dreaming of a blue angel

The devil's are dreaming,
dreaming of a blue angel

The devil's are dreaming,
dreaming of a blue angel

The devil's are dreaming.
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They sound better when she doesn't sing.
Awesome!  I love Amy Winehouse!  Wait...what?  It's who?  Ok, never mind
 plaid wrote:

Squirrel Nut Zipper is a really old brand of peanut taffy or caramel. I don't remember which.
 
I've seen that explanation and also that "Nut Zippers" is a southern term for a variety of old bootleg moonshine. The band's name comes from a newspaper story about an intoxicated man who climbed a tree and refused to come down even after police arrived. The headline was "Squirrel Nut Zipper."
 spacemanspiff wrote:
Would I ever love to be present in the discussion between band members as to the name they want to use!!!!
 
Squirrel Nut Zipper is a really old brand of peanut taffy or caramel. I don't remember which.
 marktberry wrote:


"Frank and beans!"
 
"Is that the frank or the beans?"
 hagz21 wrote:
 Image result for franks and beans
 

"Frank and beans!"
Would I ever love to be present in the discussion between band members as to the name they want to use!!!!
Katharine Whalen likely sung this--as the only female in the lineup.
Andrew Bird on violin guitar
Billie Holiday!!  Wait...no, not old enough.  Amy Winehouse!!  Wait...before her time...Okay, I'm confused.
please leave Lady Day alone. The poor girl suffered enough
 Image result for franks and beans

 

(dragging of images from your computer into post editor is not allowed. dragging images from web pages is ok.)

Superb track, a great change from Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd
I love this band!
Makes my hair stand on end! 
Thank you!
 Businessgypsy wrote:
 Dahlia_Gumbo wrote:
Pretty cool. I think at times her whiney voice detracts.
 Yeah, just like that Billie Holiday hack! We demand bland!

 
"Demand Bland" - that could be a good band name.
Thank you for playing interesting music, I like the SNZs but had not heard this track.
My first PSD in hours.
 Dahlia_Gumbo wrote:
Pretty cool. I think at times her whiney voice detracts.
 Yeah, just like that Billie Holiday hack! We demand bland!
 unclehud wrote:

Complete instructions, as told to me by Rodney Miller:  "Ya gotta have pressure, man, to keep flames away from yer tender parts."  'Twas an illuminating evening, filled with laughter.

 
Sounds like a real pisser...
 Hasan wrote:
I suppose they're not singing about setting farts on fire like we did in boy scout camp, "I dare ya ta blow a blue angel!"
 
Complete instructions, as told to me by Rodney Miller:  "Ya gotta have pressure, man, to keep flames away from yer tender parts."  'Twas an illuminating evening, filled with laughter.
Good song. Lotsa fun.

I suppose they're not singing about setting farts on fire like we did in boy scout camp, "I dare ya ta blow a blue angel!"
Need some Propeller-heads with Dame Shirley Bassey. Or Goldfinger.
Mmmmmmmm! Uncommonly good! 8
 Misterfixit wrote:
You all DO know that the singer is the late Amy Winehouse singing with them under an assumed name?
 
Two others have already responded to this, but I couldn't resist. The singer's name is Katherine Whalen and she does hail from North Carolina as someone has already mentioned. And the other comment about Amy being about 12 when the album came out is also correct. I have the CD right in front of me. Bought it new at the time. 1996.

But wait! There's more.The violinist is none other than Andrew Bird.

Ha. I learn something new every day.

{#Yes}

And fwiw, I like Put A Lid On It, and Hell off the "HOT" album.


Not so much now. Feel free to turn these squirrel nuts back into the wild.
More SNZ on RP, please. And more acronyms for everybody!
Not a fan....
 Misterfixit wrote:
You all DO know that the singer is the late Amy Winehouse singing with them under an assumed name?
 
Huh?  Amy Winehouse was about 12 years old when this album came out.
Music is quite nice but her voice is irritating
 Misterfixit wrote:
You all DO know that the singer is the late Amy Winehouse singing with them under an assumed name?
 


Only if Amy hailed from North Carolina.
You all DO know that the singer is the late Amy Winehouse singing with them under an assumed name?
Love them!
 kahaki wrote:

See ya.
 
Tot Ziens!
 kcar wrote:


No. Think 30s-40s swing music. 
 
And a bit of Roaring '20s too

I like the Zippers in general, and I kinda liked this one the first time I heard it...but on repeated listening, it just doesn't hold up for me.
Pretty cool. I think at times her whiney voice detracts.
Actually I liked it. Bit of Gin Wigmore / Amy Winehouse happening here. I'd buy the album.

I'M OUTTA HERE ON THIS ONE.
See ya.
Awful!
 AdyMiles wrote:
Yuck. Annoying, boring music
 

Yea, I am with you. Never liked these guys. I am sure they are really nice and their mothers think they are good boys. They also look like they have a lot of fun. They should continue to do that preferrably not in my ear shot.

YAY! More Zipper Please! This was such a fun cool band!
 muse_Kidd wrote:
Madness tries to be the Talking Heads while listening to Men at Work.
 

No. Think 30s-40s swing music. 
Good times... 
Love this style....reminds me of days gone by...
Heard this for the first time today...simply superb! Have bought "Lost at Sea" after listening to snippets of other tracks, can't wait for it to come.

{#Dancingbanana_2}
Now this has got a good beat, right here.
So much music to dance to in this Friday ... and I am here stuck in my office! {#Frown}
so delicious!

and so fun to sing along while doing a rough Tom Waits impersonation!! {#Yell}
Madness tries to be the Talking Heads while listening to Men at Work.
 ziggytrix wrote:
 and yes, that is Andrew Bird on the fiddle ;-P
 

Really? Now I'm going to have to love him even more than I already do.

Squirrel Nut Zippers 019. by =GermanCityGirl

Photographed at The Triple Door in Seattle, Washington.


Anything that evokes that wide and vague category of Gypsy Jazz makes my ears smile - thanks, Bill and Rebecca!

How funny! The Navy flying team the Blue Angels are doing (deafening!!) practice runs over my house right now, preparing for their big weekend show just across the bay at MacDill AFB in Tampa. I read in the local paper that they got their name from a bar... the "famous Blue Angel nightclub," in 1946!

 lucanecchi wrote:

Move forward!
Amarok Fast Forward....

 
New laptop now, VLC in Windows 7 until I get unbuntu (or kubuntu) on it. VLC does well, and the problem I have now is the access point router having fits. New router is better than the old one though. I can leave the house and 12 hours later the stream is still at play.


They play this album when I'm on hold with GoDaddy.  I will never ever be able to listen to this album again without feeling a sense of crisis and nausea. 
It's nice to hear more SNZ. One of the best reasons to listen to radio is to find the stuff you missed while you were young and already knew it all.
 AdyMiles wrote:
Yuck. Annoying, boring music
 
Zip it, you nut! {#Zip-lip}
Yuck. Annoying, boring music
This whole album is great driving music - love it on road trips!
ziggytrix wrote:
Anybody got James Mathus' or Ken Mosher's phone number? Anyone?


There's contact info on Jimbo Mathus' website: https://www.jimbomathus.net/


 jpfueler wrote:
damned winamp crashed, and I missed it
 
Move forward!
Amarok Fast Forward....

 perikleshokie wrote:
This is probably SNZ's most complete song, though I also like "Put A Lid On It" from this album.  Great stuff.WinkBoohoo
 

My personal favorite is "Memphis Exorcism".

On an unrelated note...for some reason, this song made me start thinking about "Gee Angel", by Sugar, which is now stuck in my head.
This is probably SNZ's most complete song, though I also like "Put A Lid On It" from this album.  Great stuff.WinkBoohoo
damned winamp crashed, and I missed it
 and yes, that is Andrew Bird on the fiddle ;-P
 Now that is some good stuff.
Always liked this one.

Great music to proofread to!
I really appreciate this! :crown:
Again something to purchase immediately. :boohoo:
slartibart_O wrote:
pleased that so many people really like SNZ! predictable that some would be revolted too but that is fine. viva eclectica. a lot of fun to see these types of bands live; asylum street spankers, SNZ, 9 1/2 souveneirs, etc. that cherish old musical styles and keep it alive. try and catch the spankers covering NIN - very cool.
Add White Ghost Shivers... And Django's Moustache... God I love Austin!!!
Marr wrote:
If I didn't hear this song again I would be terribly disappointed.
If we don't get to hear more from this album on RP I'll be disappointed! Whole thing is great!
aaehr wrote:
I did not think I would ever find a station that played SNZ.
me too. this SNZ is wonderfull!!!! 10 points
Awesome!
kalkin84 wrote:
if i didn't hear this "song" again, i would not be terribly disappointed
If I didn't hear this song again I would be terribly disappointed.
if i didn't hear this "song" again, i would not be terribly disappointed
aaehr wrote:
I did not think I would ever find a station that played SNZ.
Welcome home! :group-hug:
Play! Play! Play!
I did not think I would ever find a station that played SNZ.
I loves me some Squirrel Nut Zippers! I want to go get drunk with these guys.
Hoochie Koochie
great name! cool tune!
yes
rKokon wrote:
Somebody please answer Celadonstone's question--namely: I was wondering if this song was referencing Marlene Dietrich in one of her early pictures, the Blue Angel.
Anybody got James Mathus' or Ken Mosher's phone number? Anyone?
celadonstone wrote:
Yeah, I knew that. I sent some to my b-friend at the time, since he told me about the band in the first place. When I got back home, within a week, he has requested we break up but said he enjoyed the candy. Via letter. I still love this band and always will. I was wondering if this song was referencing Marlene Dietrich in one of her early pictures, the Blue Angel.
ouch.
Somebody please answer Celadonstone's question--namely: I was wondering if this song was referencing Marlene Dietrich in one of her early pictures, the Blue Angel.
liser wrote:
Did everyone else know the name of this band is an actual old candy, or am I the only one? https://www.oldtimecandy.com/squirrel-nut-zippers.htm
Yes, but then again I lived in Chapel Hill when the single "Hell" was popular. It was a fact that was kinda hard to miss.
liser wrote:
Did everyone else know the name of this band is an actual old candy, or am I the only one? https://www.oldtimecandy.com/squirrel-nut-zippers.htm
I heard they got into trouble when the candy company got bought out and had to stop using the name. is this true? Anyway, thanks for playing SNZ Bill.
liser wrote:
Did everyone else know the name of this band is an actual old candy, or am I the only one? https://www.oldtimecandy.com/squirrel-nut-zippers.htm
Yeah, I knew that. I sent some to my b-friend at the time, since he told me about the band in the first place. When I got back home, within a week, he has requested we break up but said he enjoyed the candy. Via letter. I still love this band and always will. I was wondering if this song was referencing Marlene Dietrich in one of her early pictures, the Blue Angel.
From Joe to Squirrel. That's nuts... and great.
liser wrote:
Did everyone else know the name of this band is an actual old candy, or am I the only one? https://www.oldtimecandy.com/squirrel-nut-zippers.htm
Huh, wonder if that's why my dad brought home this album... I remember he said something about the cover "calling out to him". I snagged it and took it off with me to school. One of these days I need to give it back...
Thank you. More SNZ please.
This song should SO segue with Chocolate Jesus.
Little piece of useless trivia. Blue Angel was the name of the rockabilly band that Cindy Lauper began her career with. Still trying to get my hands on that album.
liser wrote:
Did everyone else know the name of this band is an actual old candy, or am I the only one? https://www.oldtimecandy.com/squirrel-nut-zippers.htm
Yes. Is this my day to be a know-it-all?
Hey, thanks for the cool bit of trivia. liser wrote:
Did everyone else know the name of this band is an actual old candy, or am I the only one? https://www.oldtimecandy.com/squirrel-nut-zippers.htm
liser wrote:
Did everyone else know the name of this band is an actual old candy, or am I the only one? https://www.oldtimecandy.com/squirrel-nut-zippers.htm
Yup. Used to love those as a kid. My mom still does, and Mary Janes. Hard to find nowadays, but there still out there.
Did everyone else know the name of this band is an actual old candy, or am I the only one? https://www.oldtimecandy.com/squirrel-nut-zippers.htm
Are these guys still recording? I loved this album and would love to hear more from them.
pleased that so many people really like SNZ! predictable that some would be revolted too but that is fine. viva eclectica. a lot of fun to see these types of bands live; asylum street spankers, SNZ, 9 1/2 souveneirs, etc. that cherish old musical styles and keep it alive. try and catch the spankers covering NIN - very cool.
novacura wrote:
Ahh, what cool piece. Ohh, to be a squirrel!
Or a Nut Zipper!
Ahh, what cool piece. Ohh, to be a squirrel!
In the afterlife...
beautiful song...
This has a such a wonderful slinky-sounding coolness to it. She's got a great bluesy voice and I just love the name of the band.
allisonscola wrote:
Is Madeline Peyroux the lead singer?
Katherine Whalen (shares singing duties w/ Jimbo Mathus I believe)
I always want to like this group more than I do. Halfway through any song by SNZ, I want to hit the FF button.
So far, a Very interesting playlist this evening Bill! :cheers:
....at least it's a song that affects people; very positively or never negatively. Some of us hate those songs that you can't decide upon... I like this music in a nostalgic sense, although the vocal sound could be better represented.... Check out Clare fader & The Vaudevillains for how this kind of music sounds when you put 7 years into your first album - The Elephants Baby.... (over 50 artists contributing to the first song alone!) http:\\www.clarefader.com ....and for the record, she's from the West Coast of Ireland....
tony620d wrote:
pretentious predictable crap of a sound
i BOO this comment (sorry, nothing personal). SNZ have many different song types on this album - this is a great one, but the others are also great! before dissing their sound, take a listen to some other SNZ songs.
TheLoneIguana wrote:
Careful, that kind of talk brings out the angry music snobs- look at the Madeline Peyroux comments! This is a great album.
Is Madeline Peyroux the lead singer?
I love the song HELL... bought the album... and was pretty dissappointed by the songs like this one. Just really really really not my style. Nowadays, I try to never buy an album without hearing at least some of, or most of, the songs on it. We all know what it's like to buy an album based on that one song that we heard on the radio...
chanio wrote:
(sort of) Billy Holliday in the '90's! :wave:
Careful, that kind of talk brings out the angry music snobs- look at the Madeline Peyroux comments! This is a great album.
Roverfish wrote:
Excellent tune, but if you're going to play SNZ, you also gotta play ASS...Assylum Street Spankers.
hmmm.... blue angel, ASS ... anybody else see a trend?