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Hot Lunch

by Asylum Street Spankers

A beautiful, rocking, and rollicking unplugged beer-and-pot party populated with the most unpretentious, heartbreaking characters you're ever likely to meet.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Cakewalk
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2. I Don't Wanna
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3:41 album only
3. Trippin' Over You
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3:59 album only
4. U.F.O. Attack
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2:35 album only
5. If I Were You
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3:48 album only
6. Colonel Josh's B.B.Q.
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3:12 album only
7. Hot Lunch
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4:12 album only
8. Blue Prelude
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5:23 album only
9. Smells Like Thirty-Something
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3:03 album only
10. Fanny
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2:39 album only
11. Island Angel
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12. A Smo-o-oth One
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13. Bijou
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14. Sad Bomber
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15. New Jazz Fiddle
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16. Asylum Street Blues
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This, Asylum Street Spankers' sophomore recording, breezes in on acoustic guitar and ukulele strains and the words "Life ain't a cakewalk, it's a waltz/And they're playing my music out of time" - and it only gets better from there.

Indeed, the Asylum Street Spankers, a loose, unplugged collective of Austin, TX, pickers and bon vivants, seem to have little trouble, on Hot Lunch's 16 cuts, deftly blending virtuosic musicianship with seemingly effortless musical and lyrical wit.

The band flits between ragtime, country, old-style am radio pop tunes, swing, and country-blues with equal ease.

The Spankers - particularly on such puckish, narrative cuts as "Trippin' Over You," "Sad Bomber," and others - manage to walk the razor thin line between novelty and just plain fun-lovin' jamboree frolics.

It's this graceful self-awareness that separates Asylum Street Spankers from such less graceful musical revivalists as the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

In fact, on the cut "Smells Like Thirty-Something," the Spankers seem to, well, spank the mid-'90s swing revival craze on its rump, chiding, atop a rollicking, bluesy riff, "I like martinis/and I like cigars/But I hate martini and cigar bars." Somewhere between that sense of humor and vocalist/instrumentalist (for every Spanker is a multi-instrumentalist) Christina Marrs' sublime vocals lies the charm of Asylum Street Spankers as expressed in these grooves. ( - Chris Handyside, AllMusic Guide)


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a disc that holds its liquor well
Celebrating the joys of drug abuse, the Asylum Street Spankers have put together a disc that holds its liquor well. In spite of initially appearing to be a one-joke record; song after song the joke never wears thin. The Spankers use the focus on drugs to explore the wide significance in our culture of drugs and their use--from the celebration of beer ("Beer," worthy of the Drew Carey show) to a scathing critique of America's war on drugs ("Winning the War on Drugs," more sophisticated than any drug discussion on "Meet the Press"). As for the music, it careens and swings like a drunken sailor. This could be their musically most addictive recording to date. Of course, some addictions are better than others.


Inspired, lunatic brilliance!
The Spankers pull it off like vaudevillian pros and back it up with serious musical talent. Inspired, lunatic brilliance!


sound of extremely talented musicians
The sound of extremely talented musicians basking in each other's gifts until it becomes more fun than work.


The best acoustic blues-jazz band in America
The best acoustic blues-jazz band in America


no preaching necessary
they very ably avoid the feeling of nostalgia tripping... If you're yet to be converted, attend and be saved, no preaching necessary. The Spankers will demonstrate what putting on a goddamn show is all about.


They mix and mash genres gleefully.
They mix and mash genres gleefully. Ragtime, juke-joint jazz, barrelhouse blues, beer-garden sing-alongs and dark country ballads are all run through a filter of slam-poetry bravado and drug-culture irreverence to produce something warm, witty and weird.


the bottomless whiskey-barrel of folklore
the Asylum Street Spankers rumble through prewar swing with a waggish savoir-faire that could make the Squirrel Nut Zippers wish they had opened a candy store; then it's a quick jump onto the porch swing for some Dixie Stompers-style bluegrass; a lazy crawl down the Mississippi for some dobro-soaked blues; and an easy two-step over to the local honky-tonk. Friend, if it's American music you're craving, this is the bottomless whiskey-barrel of folklore.

Michael C

eat it and grin
The Spankers really know what it is and then tell us how to find it.
Each song on this cd is a gem.

michael blackburn

hot lunch
A religious experience, if you believe in that sort of thing.

Lori F.

The most unique music ever!!
This group really kicks butt! I got the pleasure to actually see them in person in Johnstown Pa a few years ago and they can really put on a show!! They are so unique and different and you never know what they are going to pull out of their large top hat next!!
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