The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Ghost of Stephen Foster – Squirrel Nut Zippers

Formed in 1993, the Squirrel Nut Zippers play an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, klezmer, and swing. They found some popularity in the late 90’s during a neo-swing revival that included artists such as Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Mocean Worker.

“Nut Zippers,” is a southern term for a variety of old bootleg moonshine, and the band’s name comes from a newspaper account which related the story of a highly intoxicated man who climbed a tree one night, refusing to come down even after authorities arrived. The article’s headline read: “Squirrel Nut Zipper.” It is also the name of a candy dating back to 1890. via

Winner of “Best Animated Music Video” at the 1999 Vancouver Animation Festival. Directed by Raymond Persi and Matthew Nastuk.

h/t Vital Vaudeville

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