Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hell (90s – 53)

December 18, 2013

During a radio show, the station manager opened the door of the studio and handed me a CD and told me to play it. I did. And I loved it.

This was the era just after a resurgence in punk and ska into the popular conscious, and as usual when a genre suddenly become popular a lot of bands who had chipped away for years were suddenly thrust into stardom. The most obvious examples were the rock band brought into the light by the scramble to find the next Strokes. Some of the next Strokes well and truly pre-dated the Strokes.

Such was the case with the Squirrel Nut Zipper and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies which had both merged a touch of ska with an old-time gypsy swing. Then came The Might Mighty Bosstones and Green Day and other bands (in Australia The Living End and Area 7) who suddenly became big. Just over half-way through the decade everything crystalised into a punk/ska bonanza. Bands which had been flying under the radar – like the Zippers and the Daddies – suddenly met an updraft which launched them into the sky.

Then punk and ska were thrown off again, with house started nosing around again and the Strokes hit. Which is perhaps for the best. I don’t think punk and ska prefer to be fashionable.


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