One of a handful of pop groups in the latter half of
the 1990s to exploit the renewed interest in American roots (swing, big band, soul) music,
this Eugene, Oregon ensemble scored big with a neat modern update of the old school.
Purists take note: Cherry Poppin' Daddies built a following by touring with third-wave ska
outfits like Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Reel Big Fish, prompting main Daddy Steve Perry
to wryly call his group "third-wave swing." But post-Swingers dance
fanatics (rockabilly retro-cats, modern-day sockhoppers, and Royal Crown Revue boosters)
don't sweat the particulars. Charged horn arrangements, bouncy rhythms, and saucy verve
effectively recall masters like Basie, Cab, and Ol' Blue Eyes while injecting an
unmistakable post-punk ethic. --Mark Woodlief, Amazon
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