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World Premiere Video!
"The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line"

For the 20th Anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riot recording we are releasing the official video of Ding-Dong Daddy. This song has been used countless times in TV dance shows, stage shows, and not to mention having been our stage show closer for years. So its time to give Ding-Dong Daddy some video love.

The story of how I came to write this is as follows… I had this acquaintance who approached me one day and said “Hey I was demo-ing a house the other day and I smashed my hammer through a wall and between the joists I pulled out this old yellowed paper. I saw the headline and I knew I needed to get it over to you”. The headline read “Ding Dong Daddy Gets Short Term”. 

newspaper with headline "Francis Van Wie, the famed 'Ding Dong Daddy of the D Line', Released from Prison"

I scanned the piece and it seemed that in San Francisco during the war in the 40’s all the able bodied, young cable car conductors were drafted so the city began to fill the slots with older gentleman and basically whoever they could find. One of these hires was a portly, balding ex- Lion tamer (?!) named Francis Van Wie. Francis used his “man in a uniform” charm and conductors position to woo a number of lonely ladies on his cable car route. He ended up actually marrying 13 women before he was inevitably found out! This lovable lothario spent time in San Quentin for the offense, but his unlikely story ended up being a sensation nationally. After his release he somehow got married a couple of more times and always to great acclaim. Such was his notoriety that he ended up, many years later, in the 60’s as an MC in the world famous burlesque club in Oakland, the El Rey Theatre, where Blaze Starr and Tempest Storm did their bump and grind.

newspaper with picture of Van Wie

Obviously, when I finished reading this story I rushed home and wrote a song about it. 

To get your own 20th Anniversary of Zoot Suit Riot, available in Vinyl, CD and download forms, visit me over at daddies.com and I will put it in the mail for you and sign it myself. Don’t forget to process your order (at PayPal) or I won’t know to send it.

Enjoy. Steve.

Zoot Suit Riot 20th Anniversary Tracklist: 
1) Zoot Suit Riot (20th Ann)
2) The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line (20th Ann)
3) When I Change Your Mind (20th Ann)
4) Here Comes the Snake (20th Ann)
5) Mister White Keys (20th Ann)
6) Come Back To Me (20th Ann)
7) Brown Derby Jump (20th Ann)
8) Dr. Bones (20th Ann)
9) Pink Elephant (20th Ann)
10) Master and Slave (20th Ann)
11) Drunk Daddy (20th Ann)
12) No Mercy For Swine (20th Ann)
13) Cherry Poppin’ Daddy Strut (20th Ann)
14) Shake Your Lovemaker (20th Ann)
15) No Mercy For Swine (Live ‘98)**
16) Here Comes The Snake (Live ‘98)**
17) Brown Derby Jump (Live ‘98)**
18) Zoot Suit Riot (Live ‘98)**
19) Whiskey Jack (Live ‘98)**
20) Zoot Suit Riot (Spanish Version 20th Ann)**

** = Bonus tracks available only via purchase of CD or Digital Download.

Order the album on iTunes here, or order the CD & Vinyl here!  

Zoot Suit Riot Tour Dates!

For the continued celebration of the release of this 20th anniversary record we will follow-up our East Coast tour with a West Coast tour where we will play down the entire album, in order, and in its entirety, live. Some of these shows are already on sale (follow the tix links below) and some will be put on sale soon.  Stay tuned for more information on tickets soon.

On the West Coast in April:
April 18 - Revolution Hall - Portland, OR - Tix
April 19 - WOW Hall - Eugene, OR - Tix
April 21 - Bankhead Theater - Livermore, CA - Tix
April 22 - The Cave - Big Bear Lake, CA - Tix
April 23 - Yost Theater - Santa Ana, CA - Tix

 

Zoot Suit Riot 20th Anniversary Edition Available Today!

Who releases a record on Friday the 13th? Cherry Poppin Daddies do! I’m spending my day sending out the pre-orders of Zoot Suit Riot the 20th Anniversary Edition all around the globe! This is the definitive remixed and remastered version of our 1997 classic, with 6 extra live tracks! Available also for the 1st time in history on vinyl… silver vinyl!

Here is a link to the official Zoot Suit Riot album video from our Youtube channel - https://youtu.be/JZm1krVKzBY 

This is the one you would be familiar with if you 1st heard about us from MTV in 1998. Come subscribe to our YouTube channel and see our upcoming video world premiers... a veritable landslide of new released stuff, it’s free.

If you want to order a copy for yourself, I will sign it and send it to you. Go to daddies.com and don’t forget to process it through Paypal and I will get it right out!

Zoot Suit Riot 20th Anniversary Tracklist:
1) Zoot Suit Riot (20th Ann)
2) The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line (20th Ann)
3) When I Change Your Mind (20th Ann)
4) Here Comes the Snake (20th Ann)
5) Mister White Keys (20th Ann)
6) Come Back To Me (20th Ann)
7) Brown Derby Jump (20th Ann)
8) Dr. Bones (20th Ann)
9) Pink Elephant (20th Ann)
10) Master and Slave (20th Ann)
11) Drunk Daddy (20th Ann)
12) No Mercy For Swine (20th Ann)
13) Cherry Poppin’ Daddy Strut (20th Ann)
14) Shake Your Lovemaker (20th Ann)
15) No Mercy For Swine (Live ‘98)**
16) Here Comes The Snake (Live ‘98)**
17) Brown Derby Jump (Live ‘98)**
18) Zoot Suit Riot (Live ‘98)**
19) Whiskey Jack (Live ‘98)**
20) Zoot Suit Riot (Spanish Version 20th Ann)**

** = Bonus tracks available only via purchase of CD or Digital Download.

Order the album on iTunes here, or order the CD & Vinyl here!  

Zoot Suit Riot Tour Dates!

For the continued celebration of the release of this 20th anniversary record we will follow-up our East Coast tour with a West Coast tour where we will play down the entire album, in order, and in its entirety, live. Some of these shows are already on sale (follow the tix links below) and some will be put on sale soon.  Stay tuned for more information on tickets soon.

On the West Coast in April:
April 18 - Revolution Hall - Portland, OR - Tix
April 19 - WOW Hall - Eugene, OR - Tix
April 21 - Bankhead Theater - Livermore, CA - Tix
April 22 - The Cave - Big Bear Lake, CA - Tix
April 23 - Yost Theater - Santa Ana, CA - Tix

Zoot Suit Riot 20th Anniversary Edition!

Sorry for the VERY long email here but we have some exciting news to share…

2017 marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of our seminal, double platinum, worldwide swing smash Zoot Suit Riot, and to commemorate the occasion, we went back into the studio to remix and re-master the entire record from the original 2 inch tapes! We also dug out some vintage 24 track recording of us playing live and ridin' high in 1998 and mixed some of that stuff in to include in a package that will be the definitive, audiophile friendly 20 song version of Zoot Suit Riot.  The 20th Anniversary Edition will be available worldwide starting January 13, 2017 - but you can PRE-ORDER your copy now! 

In addition, we will for the first time ever be releasing Zoot Suit Riot on beautiful silver VINYL! The package includes a download card included so you can upload the new mixes to your computer, if you so desire. But why not listen to it on VINYL like the Gods should have intended! We took care not to ham-fistedly compress and over limit this baby so that the full dynamic range of the music (music crafted to actually have dynamics) would shine through. 

Zoot Suit Riot 20th Anniversary Tracklist:

  1. Zoot Suit Riot (20th Ann)

  2. The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line (20th Ann)

  3. When I Change Your Mind (20th Ann)

  4. Here Comes the Snake (20th Ann)

  5. Mister White Keys (20th Ann)

  6. Come Back To Me (20th Ann)

  7. Brown Derby Jump (20th Ann)

  8. Dr. Bones (20th Ann)

  9. Pink Elephant (20th Ann)

  10. Master and Slave (20th Ann)

  11. Drunk Daddy (20th Ann)

  12. No Mercy For Swine (20th Ann)

  13. Cherry Poppin’ Daddy Strut (20th Ann)

  14. Shake Your Lovemaker (20th Ann)

  15. No Mercy For Swine (Live ‘98)**

  16. Here Comes The Snake (Live ‘98)**

  17. Brown Derby Jump (Live ‘98)**

  18. Zoot Suit Riot (Live ‘98)**

  19. Whiskey Jack (Live ‘98)**

  20. Zoot Suit Riot (Spanish Version 20th Ann)**

** = Bonus tracks available only via purchase of CD or Digital Download.

Pre-order the album on iTunes here, or pre-order the CD & Vinyl here!   

The LP opens up onto a deluxe gatefold sleeve featuring a vintage photo of us onstage from back in the day… the birthing pangs of it all… when the neo-swing scene was a still burbling up from the underground: when people still responded to Drunk Daddy with slam dancing, when the Stern Brothers were still in Royal Crown Review, when Jump with Joey was rippin’ up the King King at 6th and La Brea with equal parts Swing and Jamaican Boogie… a landscape of small tinsel stages and confused audiences… right before the swing explosion codified everything. (Sigh) Those really were the days.   

Zoot Suit Riot was a compilation and most of the songs on it were culled from our earlier albums. The earliest recording we used, Dr. Bones, was from 1989! We got together in 1996 to record the final 4 tunes so that the record would have some new stuff on it. Those last 4 tunes were: Zoot Suit Riot, Brown Derby Jump, No Mercy For Swine and When I Change Your Mind. 

When we recorded our early records, we had zero in the way of budget and so tended to rush through the mixing process out of necessity. For instance, when you hear me say “I think I am ready to sing it now,” at the end of ZSR, it was because the first take sounded pretty good to our engineer, Billy Barnett of Gung Ho Studio, so he called me in from the iso booth. I was supposed to be me warming up my voice. But I concurred with his assessment and so we just moved on to the next tune. As a joke, we left the thing I said in there. Now it’s on the sheet music :-). 

The song Zoot Suit Riot was inspired by my love of jump blues, boogie and the Pachuco culture of 1940’s Los Angeles. As the neo-swing scene grew throughout the early 90’s I wanted to write an “anthem” for our scene to kind of distinguish the swing tribe from every other tribe in the underground. I wanted it to be what “My Generation” was for Mods. For the song, I appropriated a despicable and unfortunate actual historical event, the 1943 “Zoot Suit Riots” that happened in Los Angeles. The violence between the zoot-suited, jump blues listening Mexican Americans and the angry, drunk, misguided sailors who attacked these young men solely based on their “weird" clothing and otherness, was a shameful event in American history. To me, the simplified duality I used as I wrote the song was: we swingers were in solidarity with our counter cultural ancestors the "Zoot Suiters" and we were opposed to the “sailors” who represented the squares who weren’t yet hip to our growing communal jive. I pictured the future of the swing scene as being rougher, realer, weirder and more of a hybrid, like the punk or psychobilly scenes... like if the Clash or the Kinks were a swing band, except with revived speakeasies, martinis, couples dancing and equal amounts of men and women. That was, and still is, if I can be totally honest, my vision of the exciting place we, the swing “scene", should be striving for as a musical movement.

Zoot Suit Riot Tour Dates! 

For the release of this 20th anniversary record we will be reviving that dream by doing a couple of tours on both coasts where we will play down the entire album, in order, and in its entirety, live. Some of these shows are already on sale (follow the tix links below) and some will be put on sale soon.  Stay tuned for more information on tickets soon.

On the East Coast in January we will be playing: 

January 2 - Rams Head Onstage - Annapolis, MD - Tix

January 3 - Sellersville Theater - Sellersville PA - Tix

January 4 - The Hamilton - Washington, DC - Tix

January 5 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH - Sold Out

January 6 - The Iridium in NYC - Tix

On the West Coast in April: 

April 18 - Revolution Hall - Portland, OR

April 19 - WOW Hall - Eugene, OR

April 21 - Bankhead Theater - Livermore, CA - Tix

April 22 - The Cave - Big Bear Lake, CA

April 23 - Yost Theater - Santa Ana, CA

 

It’s been a great 20 years since Zoot Suit Riot brought original swing music back to the top of the pop charts! Who would have figured that all these years later that every single city you go to all around the world has a swing music scene! So many people have had the pleasure of swinging out on a rock step, tying up a windsor knot, nursing a cocktail next to some hottie, or pulling away from the curb in some slow rollin' Lincoln Continental. 

Our scene is still evolving and who knows, maybe someday we will morph into something more like my original Diesel PunX vision? I know I’m still working on it. There is a lot more experimenting to do, but let’s celebrate how far we all come! CPD is proud to have contributed what we have to music history so far, and we look forward to an even wilder future. Hit me up at Daddies.com and I will send you the new recordings myself. Let’s build on this dream! The world is not enough. See you in the club.

 

Steve

 

The Cherry Poppin' Daddies are excited to premiere their music video for "That Lindy Hop" off of the new album The Boop-A-Doo. Watch it here now and see future videos first by subscribing to the Daddies' YouTube channel!

The Cherry Poppin' Daddies are excited that their 8th studio album The Boop-A-Doo was released today! Head over to the Cherry Poppin' Daddies webstore to get a physical copy or digital download directly from the band. For the next 2 days there is also a discount per-track and full-album price through iTunes. Once you have it, be prepared to swing along to standards from the roaring '20s out of Tin Pan Alley.

Cherry Poppin' Daddies are headed to the Northeast this winter for a few dates. Check out the website to see where they're headed!

Check out our new video "Fly Me To The Moon" that premiered in the Huffington Post along with an interview with Steve Perry! Click the image below to watch and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE so you can be the first to find out when we have added a new video!

Please Return the Evening - Cherry Poppin' Daddies Salute the Music of the Rat Pack is now available NOW! Head over to the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' Webstore to grab a physical copy or click HERE to buy a digital copy.

The New York Times' Press Play has featured Please Return the Evening - Cherry Poppin' Daddies Salute the Music of the Rat Pack. 

Click HERE to check it out and listen to the album before it's released!

We are very excited to premiere our video for "Come Fly with Me" this morning on American Songwriter. Click the image below to watch!

Come Fly with Me - American Songwriter