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What? And Give Up Show Biz?

by Asylum Street Spankers

Double live album combining a musical revue with tales of the ups and downs of life on the road. \'\'Tapdances on the thin line between stunning virtuosity and goofy farce, an eight-person dervish minimally amplified for maximum impact.\'\' -Village Voice
Genre: Blues: Dirty Blues
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1. Ladies and Gentlemen... I\'ve Wasted My Life
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2. Everybody Loves My Baby
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3. Nice Theater
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4. My Country\'s Calling Me
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5. Winning the War on Drugs
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6. Blue Prelude
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7. It\'s good to be here in, uh....
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8. Why Do It Right?
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9. Stanley and Wammo
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10. Since I Met You Baby
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11. Gig from Hell
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12. Monkey Rag
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13. The Morning Moron Mob
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14. Medley of Burned Out Songs
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15. Beer
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16. Strange Talents
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17. Leaf Blower
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18. The Bus Story
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19. Think About Your Troubles
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20. Daddy Drinks Because You Cry
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21. You Only Love Me For My Lunchbox
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22. Y\'all like love songs?
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23. My Baby in the CIA
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24. Read thinner books.
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25. Asylum Street Blues
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26. Breathin\'
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27. bathroom break
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28. Big Noise From Winnetka
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29. Hick Hop
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30. Got My Mojo Workin\'
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31. take a good look...
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32. My Favorite Record
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33. Encore!
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34. Blade of Grass
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35. Requests?
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36. Pakalolo Baby
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37. Tight Like That
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38. Wake and Bake
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39. TV Party
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40. goodnight
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41. Stick Magnetic Ribbons on Your SUV
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A man works long hours at the circus, cleaning up after the animals and giving enemas to constipated elephants. A friend, observing the menial nature of the work, offers to help the man find another job. The man replies, \"What? And give up show biz?\"

The punch line to that worn-out vaudeville joke served as the title when the Asylum Street Spankers set up shop for two weeks in January 2008 at New York\'s Barrow Street Theatre to look back on their underwhelming career and complain about their place in the music world. Juicing their acclaimed live show with a double shot of theatricality, the Spankers presented a musical revue and memoir of the troupe\'s fourteen year history. Featuring many of the most popular songs in their large repertoire along with tales of the ups and downs of life on the road, the show ran for fourteen performances, garnering good critical response, strong ticket sales and many free drinks for the band.

All fourteen shows were recorded, then edited to make this album.

\"What? And Give Up Show Biz?\" contains adult humor, including frank discussions of sexuality, drug use and/or rock and roll, and language that some may find offensive. It also contains four-part harmonies, blues, country, pop, jazz, rock and hip-hop songs, inventively clever arrangements, and a musical saw.


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Chrisr at CD Baby


Anyone with balls big enough to call themselves “God’s favorite band” had better back up the boldness of such a statement with more than just bravado. Thankfully, The Asylum Street Spankers (from Austin, TX) deliver the goods. Bluegrass barbershop quartet? Junkyard jug band? Gypsy jazz jokesters? Cow-punk pranksters? Whatever they are, these “legendary purveyors of magnificently mellifluous musicianship” have put together a hilarious double live album recorded at New York’s Barrow Street Theatre. The record is a true testament to the kind of magic that can be created by a group of players gathered together in the same room at the same time. It’s a rockin’ retrospective, a revue of the troupe’s 14-year career as troublemaking, traveling troubadours. In the best of bawdy vaudevillian traditions, nothing is sacred, no topic too taboo (sex, drugs, politics, religion). They are peaking under the skirt of proper, polite society to reveal the carnival show behind the curtain. And they’re serving up their satire with a generous dose of adult humor, dirty drunk dancing, stellar songs, and populist theatricality.

C. E. Zinsmaster

B&T Diss
When I heard Bob & Tom diss your throat singing, I told myself I'd buy your album for my wife for Christmas. I did. She's got it in her car... that's saying something. UGuysRock. Keep on it. Z

Charles Wood

Great release
It comes closer than any other Spankers album to showing the magic and fun of their live shows. I've seen them several times in Austin and loved them. Now I wish I'd seen them in New York as well.