Frequently Asked Questions
What is 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.
the name Squankidonk come from?
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.
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.
has Squanky Kong been around?
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
kind of music is it?
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
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)