Cherry Poppin Daddies
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The Cherry Poppin' Daddies are an American rock band formed in Eugene, Oregon in 1988 by Steve Perry (lead vocals/guitar). While the band has gone through numerous personnel changes, only Perry, Dan Schmid (bass) and Dana Heitman (trumpet) remain from the original incarnation, with Perry and Heitman being the only two constant members throughout the band's twenty year history.
Conceived as a counter against the rising grunge movement of the Northwest, the Daddies played an unconventional lyric-driven mixture of punk rock, swing music, funk and ska, among other styles, attracting a local cult following for their raunchy and frequently controversial performance art-like live shows, which often brought about bans and organized protest. Their subsequent multi-genre studio albums found the band expanding their sound to encompass a variety of genres, notably country, psychedelia, alternative rock, Latin music and glam rock.
After earning critical praise and awards as a local act and for their 1990 debut Ferociously Stoned, the group began extensive national touring in 1993, finding initial success within the third wave ska circuit. Though their self-produced, ska-influenced third album Kids on the Street (1996) made its way onto Rolling Stone's Alternative Charts, the Daddies didn't break into the mainstream until 1998, as one of the leading forces behind the swing revival movement. Their major-label all-swing compilation album Zoot Suit Riot (1997) spent over a year on the Billboard 200, eventually attaining double-platinum status, while the album's eponymous single received heavy airplay on MTV and KROQ, becoming the Daddies' first - and only - Top 40 single.
By 2000, despite prominent media coverage and the release of their fourth album Soul Caddy, the Daddies' mainstream popularity had declined with that of neo-swing. Following a brief disbandment, the band regrouped in 2002 to continue touring and recording, independently releasing their fifth and most recent studio album, Susquehanna, in early 2008.