‘The Ghost of Stephen Foster’ by Squirrel Nut Zippers

A lot of times I get some rather random songs stuck in my head. I’ll hear a word or phrase and BAM!, I’m suddenly humming a song I haven’t heard in 5 or 10 years. Such is the case when I got the Squirrel Nut Zipper song The Ghost of Stephen Foster stuck in my head a couple of nights ago. I used to listen to this album about 8 or 9 years ago in my best friends car and we totally loved it. Squirrel Nut Zippers back then became popular from their song Hell from their album Hot but the song/video above is from the album after it called Perennial Favorites.

The video is a throwback to the animated cartoons of the 30’s and 40’s, directed in partnership between Raymond Persi and Matthew Nastuk. Both of these guys are animation directors for The Simpsons, directing dozens of episodes between the two of them. It’s a super fun video and a really great song as well. My favorite part is the line, “Ships are made for sinking, whiskey made for drinking / If we were made of cellophane we’d all get stinking drunk quite faster ha, ha, ha”.


November 29, 2010