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Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Skaboy JFK: The Skankin’ Hits Of The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

July 27, 2009

Label: Rock Ridge Music
Rating: 3.5 Guns

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Cherry Poppin' Daddies

Written By: Darwin Green

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies seem to have success when they focus their sound into a single genre. Their back catalogue, filled with examples from ska, big band, jazz, and even some flamenco bits can get a bit confusing or downright schizophrenic. They’ve proven once before with 1997’s Zoot Suit Riot that taking a cross section of their back catalog and organizing it together in a neat bundle can work for them. Thus with this new compilation the CPDs put together their most enthusiastic ska songs together into one package. One wonders though—how long has it been since ska was popular? The answer to this question might just lie in the nature of the CPDs. After all, this was a band that brought back big band to the Northwestern United States when grunge and alternative started taking off. Call them defiant? The point is that they were oddities then, and possibly oddities now, but maybe they know something we don’t, since they did achieve a measure of success and fame.

Ska is pretty straightforward. If you like Rancid, Sublime, Aquabats, or others, you’ll love this album. The songs range from sultry to sizzling, manic to moody, but the zeal and craft they put into each song conveys their love for music without question. Love them or hate them, dancing never seems far away when listening to this album. While I wouldn’t necessarily use the word “skankin’” or know the moves to dance the socks off in some retro swing bar, I would put this on for some party to keep the atmosphere hoppin’.

Like Cherry Poppin’ Daddies? Then you might like Reel Big Fish, Aquabats, Rancid.

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Susquehanna

July 27, 2009

Label: Rock Ridge Music
Rating: 3.5 Guns

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Cherry Poppin' Daddies

Written By: Darwin Green

Imagine getting drunk during the day, either at a friend’s BBQ, or at the beach drinking a cold beer. You’re happy, young, and have no worries. It would be the perfect setting for this album. If Jimmy Buffet and Elvis Costello got home from a jazz concert and started binge drinking somewhere in Spain, meeting up with Rancid or Sublime at the “swingin’-est” beach party ever, that’s what listening to this album might evoke. While the flamenco openers are super cheesy, I don’t think Cherry Poppin’ Daddies are strangers to cheese, and it sort of makes sense as long as you’re not listening too closely.

Spain or (insert any Latin country here) plays a large part on the album, with the blaring horns and the acoustic guitar playing flamenco riffs, and I imagine that the impetus for this album came from a series of Tequila fueled nights filtered by the band’s sensibility for jazz and swing.

Strangely enough, there are songs on the album that remind one of a 1940s speakeasy. They’re shuffled between the Latin-drenched songs and punchy ska songs, presumably to keep fans of their older, big band style interested and able to listen all the way through the mix of different styles. After listening to more than three or four songs I had to check whether ITunes was on shuffle mode or not. Even within songs I had to check whether the track changed while I wasn’t paying attention. Some songs suffer for this and some get better.

This album is best listened to purely for physical motivation. If you need to clean your room or want something to play volleyball to, put this album on. Or if you’re on Zoloft and need something to give your mood a boost, put this on. But put it on in the background. A little bit of this album goes a long way, and you don’t want to overdo it.

Like Cherry Poppin’ Daddies? Then you might like Elvis Costello, Sublime, Harry Connick Jr.

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – 2:29

July 23, 2009

Download – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – “2:29
From “Skaboy JFK: The Skankin’ Hits of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies” due out 9/29