Video Hangover: Squirrel Nut Zippers – “The Suits Are Picking Up the Bill”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, Jon McMillan breaks ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“The Suits Are Picking Up the Bill”
Squirrel Nut Zippers, 1998

The Squirrel Nut Zippers are money, and they know it.

These days the Squirrels (or are they the Nut Zippers for short?) are most famous for birthing (or rather, intersecting with) Andrew Bird, but they were also on the vanguard of one of my favorite microtrends of the late ’90s: swing. Swing! Like, dudes in giant suits flinging Heather Graham around a bar. Despite the fact that there were only three or four bands involved in this “scene,” the swing window swung open (ooph — sorry) long enough for the SNZ to spit out this megalomaniacal loogie (yeah — sorry again). See, you think the suits have invited SNZ to perform at their fancy restaurant, until … oh no, it’s a menu! It’s a menu! The MUSIC INDUSTRY IS GOING TO EAT YOU ALIVE! If not for the fearless monkey, the band might have ended up totally compromising their indie-swing cred, like those sellouts from the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. God I hate those corporate-swing hacks.

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