Album: Hot
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Released: 1996
Length: 3:04
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People listen attentively
I mean about future calamity
I used to think the idea was obsolete
Until I heard the old man stamping his feet
This is a place where eternally
Fire is applied to the body
Teeth are extruded and bones are ground
And baked into cakes which are passed around
In the afterlife
You could be headed for the serious strife
Now you make the scene all day
But tomorrow there'll be Hell to pay
Beauty, talent, fame, money, refinement , job skill and brain
And all the things you try to hide
Will be revealed on the other side.
Now the D and A and the M and the N and the A
And the T and the I-O-N
Loose your face
Loose your name
And get fitted for a suit of flames.
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These guys are best in a small venue, like an old timey theatre
Jake goes bonkers when he hears them! Then his barking causes them to scurry up the vines and dash across our roof
Terrific show! 
 nagsheadlocal wrote:

Ever see them at The Station? Now, that was a fun show!

 
I've seen them there, and a few other spots around town.  They were a lot of fun.
E - tern ally wicked tune 
These guys were and still are great. AND they're back on tour!
The “United Together” Tour Begins March 28th In Tucson, AZ
http://snzippers.com/

great stuff....sort in the Oingo Boingo crazy school of fun music 
Best band named after a candy, ever!
Welp...now I know where I'm headin'...{#Fire}  D:
Surely Squirrel Nut Zipper was runner up choice for some Zappa album name.
Never heard of these guys before.  Fun!
wicked hot  (super lyrics, that guy's excellent)
 NCEyeballKid wrote:
Moved to Chapel Hill, NC the same year this was released.  Love the Zippers!

 
Ever see them at The Station? Now, that was a fun show!
King Louie: Bu-ba-do-do-do-be-do. Now I'm the king of the swingers??
{#Crown} 
 ThePoose wrote:
I keep hearing an uptempo Jockey Full of Bourbon by Tom Waits.

 
Both songs are pretty much IV - I progressions in minor keys.  
Moved to Chapel Hill, NC the same year this was released.  Love the Zippers!
 Hannio wrote:


I used to frequent an auto parts store that had a sign saying that any complaints should be directed to the customer service manager, Helen Waite.  If you have a complaint, go to Helen Waite.
 
Poor Helen, to be saddled with a name like that. Note to unmarried women: if you do tie the knot, make sure to check out any name you might have to take on, and if it's embarrassing/awkward/naff you can always keep your current name.

This song is just unadularated kitsch fun :o)

Chair dancing!

{#Dancingbanana}


Nice segue ;)
Fantastic - reminds me of jockey full of bourbon by Tom Waits

I think this song is wicked fun, an' I Bop along the whole way!!!
 Proclivities wrote:

hell
 

I used to frequent an auto parts store that had a sign saying that any complaints should be directed to the customer service manager, Helen Waite.  If you have a complaint, go to Helen Waite.

Anyway, this song seriously sucks. 
HELL YES!
DOUBLE YES!  {#War}
yes
I would prefer a squirrel nut massage.

 
Byronape wrote:

Everyone should have  a squirrel massage.

 


Ricky Ricardo returns!
I keep hearing an uptempo Jockey Full of Bourbon by Tom Waits.
 terrapin52 wrote:
Here we go.  Three songs in a row about heaven and/or hell.  Repent all you paradise radio paradise sinners!  Or not.
 
hell
...or enemas, eh, Oscar?

 
fredriley wrote:
This reminds me of a story about Oscar Wilde (I think - do correct me if it's someone else) on his deathbed. The priest was giving last rites and asked yer man "Do you renounce Satan and all his works?", to which Wilde replied "This is no time to be making enemies".
 


this is a pretty cool song, but the drumming is too scattered for me (maybe that's what makes it interesting...)
This is a cover of that I Want To Be Like You song from the Jungle Book, right?

{#Ask}
Great Heaven/Hell set Bill!
Here we go.  Three songs in a row about heaven and/or hell.  Repent all you paradise radio paradise sinners!  Or not.
 WayUpNorth wrote:
squirrels
 
Everyone should have  a squirrel massage.

Ha, this is fun ! Great cooking music
So retro it sounds eternally new — and tons of fun!  Can't sit still, hearing this!
 Stave wrote:

This is great.  Who's the artist?

Also, not to be a grammar nazi, but shouldn't the word have been "extracted" instead of "extruded"? (I know that's how it is in the song, I'm just saying).

  
They would have been "extruded" if they were "pushed out" or "forced through a die" (e.g., pastry bag, frosting gun) in order to be used with the ground bones "and baked into cakes", which is what I believe the lyrics allude to.  After all, they probably have some powerful kitchen accessories in hell.  I imagine the teeth would have to be "extracted" first, though.


I've just finished reading Iain M Banks' latest doorstopper, "Surface detail", and that's all about Hells, envisaged as virtual worlds in which inmates are treated to tortures more excruciating than even Hieronymous Bosch imagined. If you've a strong stomach, it's well worth a read.

{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}  This tune still cracks me up. Just darn fun!

agreed.

 
mgoldman wrote:
Just bad following the Grateful Dead's Friend of the Devil.  Most of Bill's transitions are really well done.  This just isn't one of the them.  I guess the reach is Friend of the Devil to Hell.  Just musically mismatched.
 


Used to dance to this in college.  So happy to hear it on RP!
Just bad following the Grateful Dead's Friend of the Devil.  Most of Bill's transitions are really well done.  This just isn't one of the them.  I guess the reach is Friend of the Devil to Hell.  Just musically mismatched.
Funny - the comments about having to be of retirement age to appreciate this song...
Or maybe someone is made uncomfortable by the lyrics?

If anyone should be uncomfortable, its those gettin' on in years ;-)
So maybe that's not a good analysis? 
 roulleau wrote:
This is one of those songs I truly can't rate, because I can't simultaneously give it a 1 and an 8.
 
My thoughts exactly! This fluctuation doesn't help it towards the 8 though.

This is one of those songs I truly can't rate, because I can't simultaneously give it a 1 and an 8.

Interestingly, these days I'm feeling the same about Andrew Bird, who used to be in this band.
 Hannio wrote:


We had a toaster just like that growing up.  Except for the eyes, of course.
 

{#Clap}
 WayUpNorth wrote:
squirrels
 

sooooo funny! Haaaa!!!

GREAT!

Song is for 95-year-olds, though!
Ooooooh no - pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease...

DO NOT DO THIS TO ME!

PLEEEEEEEEASE!!!!

Wilde's memorable deathbed quote is along the lines of "Either that wallpaper goes or I do".  Vogelfrei wrote:

The Internet™ tells me Voltaire gets credit for that one. Probably apocryphal either way, but also delicious either way.