ZONKEY album cover artwork by Umphrey's McGee. Photo by: Umphrey's McGee
ZONKEY album cover artwork by Umphrey's McGee. Photo by: Umphrey's McGee

zon·key
noun
the hybrid offspring of a donkey and a zebra.

Umphrey’s McGee have announced a the release date of Friday, November 11 for their upcoming studio album ZONKEY.

This album captures the blending of different songs with their live mashups. These interpretations of different songs layered together is an ongoing tradition with Umphrey’s McGee.

ZONKEY takes listeners on a historic ride through over 40 years in music.

ZONKEY clearly pays homage to some of our favorite artists and songs. While we’ve tried to reproduce the spirit of the original compositions and recordings, we’ve also tried to have some fun with the structure as we’ve often combined seemingly dissimilar musical elements to create a new vibe altogether,” notes keyboardist Joel Cummins.

When I first heard the word zonkey, I thought it was related to wonky by the meaning of the word. Since I was so far off base about the meaning of zonkey, I added the definition of it at the top of the article. It does shine light on the mutation of combining two unlike objects.

The result of creating a hybrid from two different forms of music hints at the quote from Umphrey’s McGee’s drummer, Joel Cummins.

Pre-orders for the album start Friday, September 9 via Umphrey’s McGee main website.

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ZONKEY Track Listing

“National Loser Anthem”

“National Anthem” (Radiohead) + “Loser” (Beck) + “In The Air Tonight” (Phil Collins)

“Life During Exodus”
“Life During Wartime” (Talking Heads) + “Exodus” (Bob Marley) + “City of Tiny Lites” (Frank Zappa) + “25 or 6 to 4” (Chicago)

“Can’t Rock My Dream Face”
“Rock With You” (Michael Jackson) + “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd) + “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac)

“Sad Clint Eastwood”
“Sad But True” (Metallica) + “Clint Eastwood” (Gorillaz)

“Electric Avenue To Hell”
“Highway To Hell” (AC/DC) + “Electric Avenue” (Eddy Grant) + “The Triple Wide” (Umphrey’s McGee)

“Ace Of Long Nights”
“Ace of Spades” (Motörhead) + “It’s Gonna Be a Long Night” (Ween)

“Sweet Sunglasses”
“Sweet Dreams” (Eurythmics) + “Sunglasses at Night” (Corey Hart) + “Electric Feel” (MGMT)

“Strangletage”
“Stranglehold” (Ted Nugent) + “Sabotage” (Beastie Boys)

“Come As Your Kids”
“Kids” (MGMT) + “Come As You Are” (Nirvana) + “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Dead or Alive)

“Frankie Zombie”
“Thunder Kiss ’65” (White Zombie) + “Relax” (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) + “Have a Cigar” (Pink Floyd)

“Bulls On The Bus”
“Bulls On Parade” (Rage Against the Machine) + “Mark On the Bus” (Beastie Boys)

“Bittersweet Haj”
“Hajimemashite” (Umphrey’s McGee) + “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (The Verve)