Before Sublime (and all the bands after that seem to squeeze juicy ska reggae dub vibes from the California surf and sun!) The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies were cookin’ up some sunshine of their own in the rainy northwest town of Eugene, Oregon. Their name was a sort of deliberate confrontation with the hyper-PC reality of their surroundings, and it worked, garnering them plenty of controversy, critique, and, well, packed houses full of sweaty happy dancers! Here’s a taste of their musically sophisticated work – a charming song with epic reggae horns and panoramic vocal harmonies.
The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
“Blood Orange Sun” (mp3)
(Space Age Bachelor Pad)
The Daddies had a hit in the late 90’s with Zoot Suit Riot, which was more swing than ska, thereby annoying some of their ska fans even as they hit the big time. They just released a full-on ska CD, Skaboy JFK: The Skankin’ Hits of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies taking the skankin-est tracks from their 20 year+ career and serving ’em up on one album. The ode to closing time pick-up fiasco/tragicomedy, “2:29” is up as a free mp3 at AlternativeAddiction. Check it – excellent song and yes it’s ska, my puppies!
This has been, Buster The Ska Doggie, signing off. More band features coming soon. Oh hey, thanks for the sweet emails this summer – I will get to all of them! It’s just that the weather is so nice I can’t seem to stay inside the dog house =) Woof for now