What is the Meaning of the Squirrel Nut Zippers Song “Hell”?
What is the meaning of the Squirrel Nut Zippers song “Hell”? It’s a parody of James and the Dorsey Brothers and a New Orleans connection. The band’s name is from a North Carolina candy and was a bootleg alcohol nickname. This song describes the baroque punishments that await those who drink too much.
Parody of James and the Dorsey Brothers
“Twilight,” a Parody of James and the Dorsely Brothers, is a soaring pop anthem that captures the nostalgic spirit of the late Thirties. The song’s lyrics evoke an archaic minstrel show, an aging white trash squatter, and a post-Civil War carpetbagger. The lyrics also reference the 1930 film “Blue Angel.” The song ends in a rousing climax with the bandleader’s’schmaltzy’ solo.
The Squirrel Nut Zippers started in 1993 and became a major force in the jump jive and wail swing scene. Their first single, “Hell,” from the 1996 album Hot, was a hit. The band broke up a few years later, but reformed in 2007 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hot and record their second album, Beasts of Burgundy. Mathus has been involved in many releases this year and plans a major collaboration with the late James and the Dorsey Brothers.
The Squirrel Nut Zippers are clearly part of the retro movement. Their sound is very reminiscent of early Swing music and the bands of that era. Although they do not claim to be Swing, they do play’sweet’ slow jazz, and they wear a plantation-style hat at concerts. The band also draws inspiration from the earlier era of jazz, but this influence is largely ironic and satirical.
Fear of eternal damnation
The song is a rousing, upbeat ditty that is replete with symbolism and references to the occult. It has been dubbed “Fear of eternal damnation.” The lyrics are an ironic riff on sentimental old singers who sing of the devil and white trash. But there is also a more sinister meaning to the title.
The Squirrel Nut Zippers began their career in 1993, naming themselves after the candy. They played a brand of old-school jazz in the style of Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, and the Metal Flake Mother. Their music influenced many genres of rock and roll, including punk, reggae, and funk. While the band’s music was a hit and went on to sell millions of records, they eventually split up. Their back catalog has since continued to sell well.
The band’s songs were influenced by the Swing era, combining the sound of the romantic era with the groovy sounds of the modern era. Their songs borrow the “sweet” sound of the era, when slow, sentimental songs were popular with audiences for dancing. The Squirrel Nut Zippers’ albums feature songs with similar sentimentality as the Swing era bands. Interestingly enough, the sentimentality of the swing era is mocked in this song.
New Orleans connection
Jimbo Mathus, a musician from Chapel Hill, N.C., founded the Squirrel Nut Zippers during the summer of 1995. He was captivated by the city and decided to move to the Big Easy when he was just 18. During that time, Jimbo worked on barges and immersed himself in the city’s history, music, and ghosts. The band’s second album, Hot, was picked up by influential radio stations throughout the country.
The band started playing at potluck dinners and was initially dismissed as a novelty act. But their 1996 hit “Hell” would make it to the top 30 on the Billboard 200, and they eventually broke up. After their breakup, a new band of musicians joined Mathus on his tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hot. Earlier this year, the band released their second album, Beasts of Burgundy, and a major collaboration is on the way.
The Zippers had a New Orleans connection. Mathus’ high school friend, a drummer for Blind Melon, took him to a New Orleans recording studio run by legendary New Orleans jazz guitarist Daniel Lanois. This studio was in the former home of Germaine Cazenave Wells, a renowned socialite. Mathus was impressed by the sound of the recording and said it made the city “singular” and iconic.
How do you make a trap for a ground squirrel?
You need a wire cage that is at least 12 inches deep and has a door that can be opened and closed.
Bait the trap with peanuts peanut butter or sunflower seeds.
Place the trap in the squirrel’s burrow.
Once the squirrel is inside close the door to trap it.
What kind of bait should you use for a ground squirrel trap?
Peanuts peanut butter or sunflower seeds are all good options for bait.
How do you know if you have caught a ground squirrel?
Check the trap daily.
If there is an animal in the trap it will most likely be a ground squirrel.
How can you tell if a ground squirrel is in your yard?
Look for holes in the ground that are about 2-3 inches in diameter.
These are typically the entrances to ground squirrel burrows.
Why do ground squirrels burrow?
Ground squirrels burrow for shelter and to create a nesting area.
What time of year are ground squirrels most active?
Ground squirrels are most active in the spring and summer.
Where do ground squirrels live?
Ground squirrels live in burrows underground.
They are typically found in open areas such as fields and parks.
What do ground squirrels eat?
Ground squirrels are herbivores and their diet consists mostly of plants and seeds.
How long do ground squirrels live?
Ground squirrels typically live 2-3 years in the wild.
Are ground squirrels dangerous?
Ground squirrels are not typically dangerous to humans but they can carry diseases such as rabies.
How can you get rid of ground squirrels?
The best way to get rid of ground squirrels is to trap and remove them from your property.
What is the best time of day to trap ground squirrels?
Ground squirrels are most active during the day so the best time to trap them is in the morning or afternoon.
How many ground squirrels can you trap at one time?
There is no limit to how many ground squirrels you can trap at one time.
Do ground squirrels reproduce quickly?
Yes ground squirrels reproduce quickly and can have up to eight offspring at a time.
Will ground squirrels eat bait that is not food?
No ground squirrels will not eat bait that is not food.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.