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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Squanky Kong?

Squanky Kong is the personal musical workings of James M. House (sometimes known as Squankidonk/Squanky/Squank). His role includes that of composer, producer, and engineer. He writes all the music and lyrics, plays bass & guitar, while also performing percussion, synthesizers, and vocals on some compositions.


Where did the name Squankidonk come from?

The name is believed to have originated from comic strips in the south during the 30's-40's. Pronounced skwan'ke'dongk, it was first used jokingly by James' father towards someone else. Later picked up by his brother and then friends it became acquainted with James around 15 years of age, as a nickname. Squanky or Squank, short for Squankidonk, was a usual call-sign among friends during his teenage years.


What does Squankidonk mean?

After being asked through the years what it means, James decided to define it as a person with passion and attachment for musical creation. It is his belief that musical creativity comes from a universal place. So any passionate musician is really Squankidonk by his definition. There is also a fictionalized myth related to Squankidonk, created for entertainment purposes, for Squank Entertainment.


How long has Squanky Kong been around?

"Squanky Kong" first use as a name dates back to early 1994 when a garage band Squankidonk was in had a gig for the first time and needed a name. It is believed to have been suggested by a friend, coming from an early generation of video gamers. The first recordings officially using the "Squanky Kong" name were copyrighted in 1997, comprised of a 15min tape EP called "With'in the Boundaries"


What kind of music is it?

Each song takes on a different direction though commonly falling in a handful of different but familiar genres like modern rock, jazz fusion, blues/funk rock, etc. It crosses many styles of rock including progressive, metal, alternative, psychedelic, roots, jam, etc. It comes from classical, jazz, funk, blues, reggae, folk, and more. Influences include (in random order) Frank Zappa, Duke Ellington, Pink Floyd, Tchaikovsky, Primus, King Crimson, Faith No More, Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Count Basie, BB King, Parliment-Funkadelic, Soundgarden, Mr. Bungle, Megadeth, Rush, Cream, Iron Maiden, Beethoven, Mozart, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Phish, Dave Matthew's Band, and so much more. The music is about a multidimensional expression from the straight rock songs to the far out improvised fusion. Whether exploring the boundaries of creativity or visiting a familiar place in a new way.


Who did all the art and design work?

Various people have put their talents toward the various art and design featured with Squanky Kong.
Current credits include:

James M. House - Web Design and Art Concept
Torturr - Artist - "SK Creature" (featured on main webpage, "Under a Raven's Review" cover, and merchanise)
Paul Carrick - Artist - "Under a Raven's Review" album cover (also featured with merchandise)


 

 


 

 

 

 

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