Asylum Street Spankers | Spanks For the Memories

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Spanks For the Memories

by Asylum Street Spankers

This is the one that started it all. Recorded to one microphone in an old pink house in East Austin, this debut album features the classic line-up that took the city by storm: Christina, Wammo, Guy, Stanley, Pops, John, Kevin, Jimmie Dean, Oliver and Josh
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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1. Intro
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2. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
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3. Superchief
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4. Song With No Words
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5. Intro
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6. Lee Harvey
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7. I'll See You in My Dreams
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8. Hesitation Blues
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9. Startin' to Hate Country
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10. Walkin' & Whistlin' Blues
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11. Shave 'em Dry
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12. Brazil
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13. Tradewinds
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14. Intro
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15. Funny Cigarette
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16. Hometown Boy
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17. Drunkard's Wave
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18. Black Eyed Blues
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sometimes there's a thin line between tribute and parody, and Austin's acoustic Asylum Street Spankers walk that line with more grace and dignity than most. On their debut album, the Austin-based collective borrows classic jug band instrumentation, vocal mannerisms, and in some cases even repertoire, imbuing songs like Lucille Bogan's "Shave 'Em Dry" and Robert Johnson's seminal blues "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day" with both authenticity and irony. For the most part, it works well, largely due to the fact that the Asylum Street Spankers know when to go for camp appeal and when to play it straight. The contributions of co-frontman Wammo take the former route, with originals "Lee Harvey" and "Startin' to Hate Country" dependent on humor for their effectiveness; covers of pop standards "I'll See You in My Dreams" and "Brazil" are less affected. More surprising is the album's emotional range. How many groups could get away with sequencing a whimsical ode to marijuana ("Funny Cigarette," which succeeds based on its attention to vaudevillian detail, even though the band bettered it in 2000 with "Beer," which was essentially a rewrite) back to back with a darkly earnest glimpse at the underbelly of small-town America (Guy Forsyth's devastating "Hometown Boy")? Not many, and that boldness is the greatest strength of Spanks for the Memories, an album that's among the rawest yet most nuanced in the group's catalog. The 2002 reissue adds "Drunkard's Wave," a lurching barroom anthem, and "Black Eyed Blues," a comic tale of revenge that slyly echoes the bawdy early blues numbers the band holds dear. -All Music Guide


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Dan Miller

Old Time Orgasm
This band is amazing at what they do, which is produce crazy old time songs. They have such originality and passion put into each track while also adding humor. I plan on purchasing everyone of their albums.

Juan

Awsome Sound!
The 1st one album " Spanks for the memories " from these texan Asylum Street Spankers shows shows us how with the right attitude and with the real instruments you could have an perfect album .