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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mojo / Jive
  • ASIN: B00005RIJH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Zoot Suit Riot [#]
2. Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line
3. When I Change Your Mind
4. Here Comes the Snake
5. Mister White Keys
6. Come Back to Me
7. Brown Derby Jump [#]
8. Dr. Bones
9. Pink Elephant
10. Master and Slave
11. Drunk Daddy
12. No Mercy for Swine [#]
13. Cherry Poppin' Daddy Strut
14. Shake Your Lovemaker

Editorial Reviews

Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Zoot Suit Riot

Customer Reviews

This, i have to say, is one of the best CD's i own.
Pete
This CD is really good to get into swing music and if you like ska, a lot of these songs will appeal to you.
Aaron C
I thought that the lyrics fitted in well with the songs and the style of music.
"drummingman"

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shawn G. Martinson on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a great cd for swing music. The music is very fast, upbeat and bright. It is very nice to see some interest in this genre again. The only caution about this cd is that some of the themes of the songs are highly questionable for a younger audience. Otherwise, grab your sweetheart, your fedora, a great zoot suit and hit the dance floor!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John on April 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Cherry Poppin Daddies! Another one of my favorite swing bands. However, these guys are a little more hardcore than anybody else... lyrics are a little fun to listen to, as the name of the band can imply. The tempos are a little more variant, ranging from a nice slow gander to a fast lindy. But the music is still excellent! As mostly original songs, this album can give quite a bit of spice to a night of swingin. The band does have a few other albums, I believe, but as hardcore as these people are, I think this cd (a compilation of their best music) is just the right amount of their kind of swing music. It is a little more modern than all the other swing bands... but that's also what's fun! Check it out. You'll like it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Swing was well before my time, but damnit if it wasn't good music. I am glad a modern band came along to play some swing without treating it like some sappy background music for a church party.

"Zoot Suit Riot" includes some fast-paced swinging (!) tunes about fights with sailors, bady guys, getting drunk, and of course some good old-fashioned questionable romantic pursuits.

The lead singer doesn't have the best voice of the decade, or even the year, but he is good enough and he sings like he has something to say. The music backs this up, and the result is an album with the energy we should expect from a dance genre.

If anyone is bothered by songs about fightin' and philanderin' and dirty dancin', maybe they should pass on this and go listen to one of those nice wholesome 16th-century operas about rape and murder.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "drummingman" on August 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a damm good swing cd. Don't listen to the other reviews saying that its Ska. There are only traces of Ska in tracks such as Dr Bones, and Pink Elephant. The band is excellent but they do have a habit of adding extra horns and a piano player don't get me wrong these sound great but it makes me wonder if they would sound as good live. As for the lyrics some may find them offensive but in that case don't buy the cd. My opinion? I thought that the lyrics fitted in well with the songs and the style of music. If you like Neo Swing and bands such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Royal Crown Revue then this cd is defiantly for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen T. on October 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
CPD is a good band. They are tight, efficient, skilled with their intruments, and fun to listen to. But are these guys a GREAT band? I don't think so, yet. Zoot Suit Riot was one of my first forays into the world of swing. It's catchy, full of fun, semi-memorable riffs, and the singer oozes suave, but they're also missing something vital to this kind of record, which is a basic understanding of what swing is all about. They've attempted something new, which is honorable: to take contemporary musical themes and mix them with the 40's beat. Unfortunately, some of the intent is lost in playback, and the whole record sounds a bit smarmy and anti-nostalgic. On the other hand, is it fair to argue that swing MUST be just like it was back then? But here's what I say. It's fine to modernize swing. The guys doing it back in the day were modern. I think the problem lies in the subject matter itself. The songs of the 40's dealt with easy-going stuff: love, dancing, swinging, clubs, vegas, stuff like that, rather than the darker issues of that time. In contrast, CPD tries to deal with those of the 90's: abusive parents, sex, and alcoholism, to name a few. I just don't think there's a place for that stuff in the swing genre. CPD used it in their ska/punk albums to good effect, but when it comes to swing, they ought to stick to the stuff that makes swing fun to listen to. The best new swing bands out there are the ones that can play about stuff that's swingin', but yet still modern. The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra is a great example.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mmoss@teledesic.com on August 31, 1998
Format: Audio CD
In parousing the other reviews, I notice that the only ones that are negative make reference to this music "not being real swing..." C'mon people...you are missing the boat. Instead of buying this CD with preconceived ideas of how it should sound, just slap it in your player and enjoy it for what it is...extraordinary song-writing, amazing musicianship, and more heart and soul than you could ever want. If you pay attention to any of the press on what the band is about, you would know that the very thing they want to steer clear of is rehashing the 30's and 40's swing. Unlike many of their contemporaries, (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Squirrel Nut Zippers, etc), they do not aspire to create a sound that could fit seamlessly into that distant era, but instead want to create new and exciting sounds like you find on this fantastic CD. For those of you who are open-minded and just love excellent music....buy it and enjoy!!
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