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Spanking the funky

By nate byerley
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 4, 1999
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The Asylum Street Spankers are not unlike homemade baked beans. There's never a question whether they'll be good, based solely on the contents, but who knew they could be so sweet ?

The ingredients of the Spankers include, besides the basic food groups (guitar, drums, and vocals), ukuleles, washboards, a clarinet, and a kazoo. Without an amplifier in the house, the Spankers' all acoustic sound recalls a time when a 'venue' was a front porch, and a good show meant the lead singer didn't throw up during the set. Inebriation, whether by moon-shine or otherwise takes precedence in several songs on A.S.S.'s latest album , "Spanks for the Memories," (on Watermelon) which was, remarkably, recorded in a living room in Austin with only one microphone. It must have been one big Texas living room to fit the ten band members and the handful of audience members who lend the album that comfortably live aroma.

The Asylum Street Spankers will be serving up their fare at the Rialto Theatre (318 E Congress) on Sunday, February 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door, available at the Congress Street Store, Hears Music, Zips University, Guitars Etc. Call 740-0126 for more information. - nate byerley