There was a really weird resurgence of swing music and culture in the mid to late-90s. The movie Swingers came out in 1996 and the dudes in that movie dressed and talked like it was the 1940s. There was that scene in the movie Blast from the Past where Brenden Fraser did some swing dancing with two babes. And there the swing revivalist band the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Led by swinger-songwriter (you laughed) Jimbo Mathus (shout out to Oxford, MS!) and featuring future indie star Andrew Bird, the Zippers brought the neo-swing movement to the masses with their breakout hit “Hell”. They dressed the part and played the tunes but the movement didn’t last very long and the Zippers never really broke through with another hit. Nonetheless, “Hell” is a catchy tune with a weird, arty video and it is our Flashback Friday vintage video this week.


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