Big Band Swing Against Big Bad Gov Snooping

I used to be a huge fan of Squirrel Nut Zippers and the swing revival of a few years ago, and even though they broke up in the late 90’s, I guess big bad government is unifying in weird ways nowadays. From the description of this short song over at Boing Boing:

Cory Doctorow: Rickie Lee Jones and former members of The Squirrel Nut Zippers, a great big-band revival act, have recorded a jumpin’ number about rejecting surveillance and voting for a government that won’t spy on us and take away our freedom. This is handily the catchiest political song I’ve ever heard, and certainly the most danceable. MP3 Link, Link (Thanks, Cindy!)

Update: Tom Maxwell, author of this song sez, “Ken Mosher and myself are former Squirrel Nut Zippers. The band no longer exists, and its name is owned by a candy company that might not look kindly on political content. We did the song as Maxwell/Mosher and not as the Zips.”

I wonder if we could beg and cajole for a big band anthem espousing libertarian ideology? Maybe if enough of you folks emailed them, they might come to join us in our quest to “throw the rascals out.”

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. I’m sure the Squirrel Nut Zippers have been affected tremendously by wire taps, the poor fellows. The song in its original form, “Put a Lid On It,” is already appropriate for a group of musicians singing about policy. Oops, I forgot; playing music makes people adept constitution scholars and military analysts.