Squirrel Not Zippers
Tom Maxwell

I discovered Squirrel Nut Zippers when I was in 9th grade in 1996. That was a strange time in my life where I found myself wanting to fit in to the group I hung out with. We were punk rockers. Mohawks, chains, leather, studs, the works. Dare I admit I liked something other than punk and suffer the ridicule? Never! What a shame.

College came, and I had a couple of years of stage acting under my belt. Being in theatre opened me up to unabashedly being who I am. It also opened my ears to music that I would have been shunned for. Yet I, delightfully, did not care anymore.

At this very crucial time in my development, I hear Hell playing in a restaurant owned by two hippies. “Oh!!! I member this song! Do you member this song?” Yep! I started gobbling down those member berries. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. “Dude! I’m buying this album after we eat.” And I did.

Now, at 36, I teach 1st grade, and play Squirrel Nut Zippers for my students. (Btw they love the Christmas Caravan album) I had always regretted not seeing Squirrel Nut Zippers live. When I heard there was going to be a tour, I got really excited!!! This was my chance. I missed the first go, as I was out of the state. Rats!!! I started reading more about the tour and the members of the band. I must admit that I was disappointed that original members were missing from the lineup.

More shows were announced, and they were in town for my birthday. Missing members or not I knew I had to see the show. That show was three nights ago. It was fantastic! To hear that music live made me so happy! Something else occurred, though. It left me wanting to see the rest of the musicians who founded the group. Now knowing you’ve forged ahead musically, I am curious as to whether or not I might get a chance to see you perform in the Los Angeles area. I love what you did with the Zippers, and am eager to delve into what you have been producing after the Zippers.

I’m gonna end this comment by simply saying, thank you for your talent, and I can’t wait to hear more of it.