Cherry Poppin' Daddies

Cherry Poppin' Daddies

A decade ago, the neo-swing movement was in, er, full swing. That damned commercial for The Gap, featuring models foxtrotting and Lindy-hopping to Louis Prima, was cluttering our TV screens, and the retro wailing of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Royal Crown Revue was choking the airwaves. Near the forefront was Oregon's Cherry Poppin' Daddies. Led by Steve "MC Large Drink" Perry, the ensemble played swinging chart-toppers "Zoot Suit Riot" and "Here Comes the Snake" seemingly non-stop for two years, Daddy-O. They pretty much rode the gravy train until the fad died in the early Aughts. But the irony of the deal is that, in all likelihood, the Daddies probably weren't too sad to see the party end. Despite moving more platters than a diner, Perry his bandmates bristled at being stereotyped as swing kings only, when in reality they were equally talented with ska-punk, garage rock, and experimental jams. After a quasi-hiatus from performing for around five years, the band has gotten closer to its roots with the new disc Susquehanna, adopting a tone influenced by glam rock, Latin sounds, '60s pop, greaser rock, and dashes of swing and ska.

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