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Squirrel Nut Zippers: Musical Candy

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Squirrel Nut Zippers: Musical Candy
Directed byClay Walker
Produced byClay Walker
Music bySquirrel Nut Zippers
CinematographyClay Walker
Edited byClay Walker
Distributed byClay Walker
Plan B Productions
Release date
  • June 1, 1996 (1996-06-01)
Running time
24 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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Squirrel Nut Zippers: Musical Candy is the documentary by filmmaker Clay Walker (filmmaker) on the music group the Squirrel Nut Zippers. The film was created during 1995-1996 prior to the Zippers' release of the "Hot (Squirrel Nut Zippers album)" album.[1] and their rapid rise to worldwide popularity[2][3].

Filming[edit]

The documentary features live performances of the Squirrel Nut Zippers' early nationwide performances captured by Walker in North & South Carolina, Atlanta and their first California tour including performances at KCRW[4] in Santa Monica and Cafe du Norde in San Francisco as well as interviews with each band member in their respective homes in North Carolina[5][6]

The completed documentary was originally distributed as a promotional Electronic Press Kit (EPK) by Mammoth Records[7] with the release of "Hot (Squirrel Nut Zippers album)" CD.[8] Portions of the film were included in the interactive portion[9][10] of the "Hot" album CD as well. [11]

Band lineup in the film[edit]

  • Jimbo Mathus – lead vocals, guitar
  • Tom Maxwell (singer) – guitar, vocals, sax, percussion
  • Katharine Whalen – vocals, banjo
  • Ken Mosher - sax, guitar, vocals
  • Chris Phillips - percussion
  • Don Raliegh - string bass
  • Je Widenhouse - trumpet

Music Performance Playlist[edit]

  1. Memphis Exorcism
  2. Bad Businessman
  3. You Are My Radio
  4. Prince Nez
  5. It Ain't You
  6. Got My Own Thing Now
  7. Flight of the Passing Fancy
  8. Meant To Be
  9. Hell
  10. Put A Lid On It
  11. Aloha

Screenings and Awards[edit]

On January 17, 1997, Squirrel Nut Zippers: Musical Candy had its first and only public screening at the Northwest Film Center as part of a shorts program titled "Hybrid Harmonies: Bands on the Run." Michael Evans writing for The Oregonian stated that "Clay Walker's documentary makes for a relatively happy half-hour of viewing."[12]

In 2008 the film was completely remastered & restored from its source material and screened at several film festivals including the Tucson Film & Video Festival[13], the ReelHeART International film festival where it received the "Off the Shelf" Award [14] as well as the "Festival Choice Award"[15] at the Paso Robles Film Festival.

Recognition for the band[edit]

In August 2020 it was announced that the Squirrel Nut Zippers would be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.[16]

External links[edit]


Category:1996 films Category:American films Category:American documentary films Category:1996 documentary films Category:Documentary films about jazz music and musicians



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  2. Hussey, Allison (17 August 2016). "Hell Is Hot: How Squirrel Nut Zippers Accidentally Sold a Million Records". INDYweek. INDYweek. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  3. Hussey, Allison (6 June 2016). "Squirrel Nut Zippers to Reissue Hot, the LP that Blew Up the Band". Indyweek. Indyweek. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  4. Douridas, Chris. "Squirrel Nut Zippers". KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  5. "Clay Walker Completes CD-ROM for Squirrel Nut Zippers" (Volume 12, Number 4). Georgia Film and Videotape Office. Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism. 1 August 1996.
  6. Nicoll, Gregory (8 June 1996). "Local Releases". Creative Loafing Newspaper.
  7. "Squirrrel Nut Zippers Hot Distribution 1 sheet". Mammoth Records. The Mammoth Recording Company of Carrboro. 4 June 1998.
  8. Ruggiero, Bob (15 September 2016). "writer". Houston Press. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  9. Brown, Mark (5 July 1996). "Multimedia Enhances the Squirrel Nut Zippers". Times-News Burlington, NC. Freedom News Service.
  10. Reader Staff (29 January 2020). "Squirrel Nut Zippers". River Cities Reader. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  11. "CD's of the Future" (1 June 1996). NBC17 North Carolina. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  12. Evans, Michael (17 Jan 1997). "Now playing: Unlikely alt-rockers and jumping jazzcats". The Oregonian.
  13. "2008 Tucson FIlm & Music Festival". Tucson FIlm & Music Festival. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  14. ReelHeART. "2008 Awards ReelHeart International Film Festival" (PDF). ReelHeART. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  15. "2008 Paso Robles Film Festival Winners". Paso Robles Film Festival. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  16. "North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2020 Inductees". North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 31 August 2020.