Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Two Man Gentlemen Band

Sporting fancy hats and tailored suits, The Two Man Gentlemen Band might bring back memories of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Swingers. Listening to their music will certainly make you ask what ever happened to those Squirrel Nut Zippers guys?

The two men referred to in the band's name are Andy Bean, banjoist, huckster and master of ceremonies, and his friend The Councilman on bass. Each is a master kazooist and badminton enthusiast, and together they combine hot jazz, old-time country, Tin Pan Alley and vaudevillian swing to create an old-fashioned, down-home hootenanny. Listening to their third album, Heavy Petting - which is out February 12th, is like hopping in a time machine and traveling back to the early 20th century.

And while swing dancing isn't making a comeback anytime soon, The TMGB has a lot to offer a listener: Clever, quirky tunes, an obvious desire to entertain for entertainment's sake, and kazoos (they're officially sponsored by Who can possibly resist kazoos??? And with songs like When Your Lips Are Playing My Kazoo, I'm not sure where your mind wanders to, but I know where mine goes.

The Two Man Gentlemen Band - William Howard Taft : Heavy Petting

The Two Man Gentlemen Band - When Your Lips Are Playing My Kazoo : Heavy Petting

Visit their website, their label Serious Business Records, and become their friend on MySpace.


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)
: Swingers Soundtrack

Squirrel Nut Zippers - Twilight
: Hot

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