Singin' in the Bathtub

Singin' in the Bathtub

by The Cheap Suit SerenadersThe Cheap Suit Serenaders

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Overview

One would think it unlikely for cartoonist R. Crumb's band to be this remarkably listenable, but the proof is abundant in tracks like the infectious early jazz of the title track, the string band blues of "Suits Crybaby Blues" (co-written by Crumb), and the hilarious Cajun romp in "Shopping Mall." Though many of the tracks display the sly humor consistent with some of Crumb's other work, the subversive elements have been toned down in favor of the dry wit of the chosen material. The instrumentals here, featuring a vast expanse of instruments including the musical saw, accordion, mandolin, Hawaiian guitar, violoncello, banjo-mandolin, and brass instruments, are handled by a outstanding group of musicians who effortlessly jump from polkas and rambunctious Hawaiian instrumentals to dancehall waltzes and ragtime pieces. Crumb handles most of the tenor banjo parts and sings lead, with a voice remarkably well suited to the material, and is accompanied by authentic back-up harmonies to fill in for his lack of range. It would be very easy to refer to this band as novelty music, but to do so would be a grave injustice, as more than being an homage to bygone styles, they make music that can easily stand on its own as a reverent recreation of the charm of a genre that has largely been forgotten. Singin' in the Bathtub may not be the best old-time jazz/string band album ever made, but it is doubtful that there are many that are more fun to listen to.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/1993
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351600325
catalogNumber: 6003
Rank: 55206

Tracks

  1. Singing in the Bathtub
  2. Chile Blues
  3. Dream of Heaven
  4. Suits Crybaby Blues
  5. Collier Medley: Ben Hur March/Napoleon March
  6. Shopping Mall
  7. Yearing and Blue
  8. Hula Girl
  9. Pedal Your Blues Away
  10. La Gima Polka
  11. Sing Song Girl
  12. Home
  13. My Gal Sal
  14. Hano Hano Hawaii

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheap Suit Serenaders   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Bob Brozman   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals
Geoff Antipa   Saxophone
Robert Armstrong   Banjo,Guitar,Accordion,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Saw
Robert Crumb   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Allan Dodge   Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Violin,Cello,Ukulele,Vocals
Rick Elmore   Trombone,Tuba
John Lundberg   Vocals
Tom Marion   Banjo,Guitar,Violin,Vocals,6-string Banjo
Paul Woltz   Saxophone,Vocals
Terry Zwigoff   Banjo,Mandolin,Cello,Saw

Technical Credits

Stefan Grossman   Art Direction
Bob Brozman   Contributor
Geoff Antipa   Contributor
Robert Armstrong   Contributor
Robert Crumb   Contributor,Artwork
Oliver di Cicco   Engineer
Allan Dodge   Contributor
Rick Elmore   Contributor
John Lundberg   Contributor
Tom Marion   Contributor
Paul Woltz   Contributor
Terry Zwigoff   Contributor
Joan Pelosi   Contributor

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