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For over 17 years, the magnificently indefinable Asylum Street Spankers’ incomparable blend of string-band virtuosity, vaudeville panache, and countercultural wit made this all-acoustic revue one of America’s most distinctive live bands.

Since founding the group in 1994 at a booze-fueled party at the Dabbs Hotel along the river in Llano, Texas, vocalist Christina Marrs and ... Read more in Amazon's Asylum Street Spankers Store

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  • Audio CD (November 5, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Watermelon
  • ASIN: B000000FEY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. If I Had A Possession Over Judgement Day
3. Superchief
4. Song With No Words
5. Introduction
6. Lee Harvey
7. I'll See You In My Dreams
8. Hesitation Blues
9. Startin' To Hate Country
10. Walkin' And Whistlin' Blues
11. Shave 'Em Dry
12. Brazil
13. Tradewinds
14. Introduction
15. Funny Cigarette
16. Hometown Boy

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian Seiler on September 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first encountered The Asylum Street Spankers through a friend, who let me take a listen to this record and Spanker Madness, and from there the music just kind of stuck. I now own all their recordings that I can get my hands on (some are harder to snag), and I have to say that this might very well be their best recording of the kind of music that is undeniably "theirs," and definitely the best place to start.

But what are you starting with, eh? I guess since I'm the first review, I should handle that. The Asylum Street Spankers perform what has been labeled "Acoustic Music", but would be better characterized as "Old-Timey." Somewhere between what you would expect to hear a jug band play and something you might hear coming out of a saloon in a spaghetti western and some early 20th century jazz. Think Squirrel Nut Zippers without a horn section and a lot more talent if that makes any sense. They're champions of this relatively small genre, and also a very much Austin-eque band, since that's where they base their operations from.

As for this CD, I've got to say that I prefer it to most of the other alternatives. So far as capturing all of the different dimensions of that old-time sound that characterizes their genre, this one hits more bases and does so better than most of their subsequent records. There's a lot to love on this CD. My personal favorite tracks are Superchief, I'll See You in My Dreams, and (the eerily prescient, seeing as this record is over ten years old) Hometown Boy, but there's something here for everybody. Instrumentally, this is from the beginning days when Stanley Smith was the group's regular clarinetist and Guy Forsyth was still lending his songwriting and performing talents, and the group is better for it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Palus on June 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
My car's CD player regularly rotates between four or five Spanker albums, but the one I always come back to (other than Live, which I hear is out of print) is this one. Spanks for the Memories has some of the greatest tracks the Spankers have ever performed--Christina Marrs' rendition of "Song with No Words" is utterly sublime, and "Shave 'Em Dry" remains one of my favorite Spanker tracks ever. "If I Had Possession over Judgment Day" never fails to remind me of why I was so upset the day Guy Forsyth left the band, and "Hometown Boy", one of the angriest Spanker songs I've ever heard, highlights Guy's genius even more. And even my wife (who tolerates my love of the band even though she doesn't share it) has requested "Lee Harvey" at one of the Spankers' live shows.

If you have not yet discovered the Spankers (which is unlikely if you're reading this review), consider the following questions: Do you love the raw power of the human voice? Do you love the sound of acoustic instruments played without amplification of any kind? Do you love to listen to a band that just flat out loves to play? If the answers are yes, then you owe it to yourself to check the Spankers out. If I were to recommend one album to a Spanker neophyte, this would probably be the one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Wammo & the Asylum Street Spankers at the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, CA last May, 1998. They were the most entertaining band at the festival & the weekend favorite! I was lucky enough to meet some of the band members, and what a great group of people! Their music is as interesting as they are! I've never heard another band quite like them, and if you're interested in "out of the ordinary" music, this is the CD for you! I smile everytime I listen to my CD, and "Spanks for the Memories!"
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