Dan Hicks

It Happened One Bite

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A cherished rarity among even his most die-hard fans, It Happened One Bite finds Dan Hicks and company -- not exactly his Hot Licks, but close enough for hipster folk swing -- providing the soundtrack for a 1978 animated film set during the gangster '50s. Unfortunately, the cartoon in question, at least with Hicks' exceptional soundtrack for it, was shelved. A reworked version of the film eventually released in 1982 featured none of the tunes Hicks wrote and recorded. Too bad, too, because his 13 songs are all top-notch tomfoolery of the patented Hicks variety. [Rhino Handmade issued a limited-edition CD pressing of 4,500 in late 2001. The disc included the original album, plus an additional nine tunes (including the standard "It's Only a Paper Moon"). In 2009 Collectors' Choice released a version of the album with no extra tracks.]

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