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:
Zoot Suit Riot (20th Ann)
The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line (20th Ann)
When I Change Your Mind (20th Ann)
Here Comes the Snake (20th Ann)
Mister White Keys (20th Ann)
Come Back To Me (20th Ann)
Brown Derby Jump (20th Ann)
Dr. Bones (20th Ann)
Pink Elephant (20th Ann)
Master and Slave (20th Ann)
Drunk Daddy (20th Ann)
No Mercy For Swine (20th Ann)
Cherry Poppin’ Daddy Strut (20th Ann)
Shake Your Lovemaker (20th Ann)
No Mercy For Swine (Live ‘98)**
Here Comes The Snake (Live ‘98)**
Brown Derby Jump (Live ‘98)**
Zoot Suit Riot (Live ‘98)**
Whiskey Jack (Live ‘98)**
Zoot Suit Riot (Spanish Version 20th Ann)**
** = Bonus tracks available only via purchase of CD or Digital Download.
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.
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!
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 here to watch!
I am happy to announce that we are releasing a new recording on July 29th! Its called "Please Return The Evening - Cherry Poppin’ Daddies Salute the Music of the Rat Pack.” This recording was a total labor of love. We wanted to pay tribute to one of our biggest influences, The Rat Pack. We cover songs by Frank, Dino, and Sammy in our own inimitable style, while staying true to the swagger and vibe of the originals.
I grew up in a small hamlet in upstate NY (infamous in mid 20th century crime syndicate lore) called Apalachin. Back in the day there used to be quite a few of those sensational, red tuck and roll vinyl boothed Italian restaurants around our area… you know, the kind with the red and white checkered tablecloths and the Chianti bottle candle dripping all over it? The kind with Frankie and Dean playing constantly on the jukebox and their headshots enshrined on the wall right behind the bar… next to the photo of the pope? Yeah? Well I’d wipe down and buss those tables every night, so this stuff is pretty much in my DNA.
In the Northeast, we gotta have our schmaltz like the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove - simultaneously smooth and tough. This is what Please Return The Evening is servin’ up; so tuck a big napkin into your velour tracksuit shirtfront and dig in, because only one thing is for sure, Paisan… life is too short. Abbondanza!
NEW ALBUM PRE-SALE!
Head on over to the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' Webstore NOW to Pre-Order your autographed copy of Please Return the Evening - Cherry Poppin' Daddies Salute the Music of the Rat Pack and listen to snippets of 3 of the album's cuts. The album will be released on July 29th so make sure you reserve your copy first!
NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED!
We are excited to announce three more fall shows to our 2014 calendar! Tickets and information are below. We hope to see you there!
* Full List of Tour Dates
Sat, July 5 - Silverton Casino - Las Vegas, NV - Tickets
Fri, Sept 12 - McAninch Arts Center - Glen Ellyn, IL - Tickets
Sat, Sept 13 - Schauer Arts Center - Hartford, WI - Tickets
Wed, Nov 12 - The Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - Tickets
Thurs, Nov 13 - University of NC Wilmington - Wilmington, NC - Tickets
Mark your calendars because the Cherry Poppin' Daddies have added new tour dates for the summer as well as one for the fall! You won't want to miss their phenomenal show, so follow the links below to get your tickets soon!
Sat, June 7 - Sasquatch Brewfest - All Ages - tix available at gate
155 Blair Boulevard / Eugene, OR 97402
Sat, June 28 - Donkey Creek Festival - All Ages - FREE
Gillette College / Gillette, WY 82718
* Full List of Tour Dates
Thurs, May 22 - SteelStacks RiverJazz Festival - Bethlehem, PA - Tickets
Sat, June 7 - Sasquatch Brewfest - Eugene, OR - Tickets available at gate
Thurs, June 12 - Dimitriou's Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA - Tickets
Sat, June 14 - City's Heights Summerfest - Albuquerque, NM – Tickets
Fri, June 27 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO - Tickets
Sat, June 28 - Donkey Creek Festival - Gillette, WY - FREE
Sat, July 5 - Silverton Casino - Las Vegas, NV Tickets
Wed, Nov 12 - The Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC – Tickets