The Ziggens are a band based out of Orange County, California who's self-described style of "cowpunksurfabilly" combines elements of surf rock, punk, ska, and country. The Ziggens are led by Bert Susanka who sings and plays rhythm guitar. Other members include Dickie Little on lead guitar, Jon Poutney on bass, and Brad Conyers who plays the drums and provides background vocals. The Ziggens have been playing since the early 1990s and have developed a strong following in Southern California.
The Ziggens were contemporaries with Sublime and were originally released under their Skunk Records label. Their song Big Salty Tears was covered and popularized by Bradley Nowell on the Sublime acoustic album. The Ziggens, and more specifically Bert Suzanka were also mentioned in the Sublime song "Greatest Hits". Also, Bert Susanka is sampled in the Sublime song Smoke Two Joints in the line: "Smoke cigarettes til the day she died!" The Ziggens contributed a track to the Sublime tribute album released in June 2005, Look at All the Love We Found. The Ziggens are currently with Cornerstone R.A.S., which is a spinoff of Skunk Records.
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