Zoot Suit Riot: The Swingin’ Hits of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

At the college radio station I was working at in the late 90s, I didn’t have a playlist, I played what I wanted to. On a random day, I was bored with the usual stuff I was playing between reading PSAs and abbreviated weather forecasts, I sauntered over to the CD wall and started reading some of the band names out loud wondering how they got their name or what the album sounded like.

The one that got stuck in my head was the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Not a clue what their sound was like but the album had an even catchier name… Zoot Suit Riot: The Swingin’ Hits of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.

Popped into the production studio and checked it out. From the first notes of “Zoot Suit Riot” I knew it was something different than what had been played on terrestrial radio in recent months. Where I went to school, the local rock station was “Just The Hits”, not much room to wiggle into something different.

Our station had “one watt for every finger you’ve got”, just enough to power a household appliance and couldn’t reach farther than the maximum security prison a couple of miles away. Back then, we didn’t worry about street dates and only playing the hit singles off the album, we did what we wanted.

For every show I had from that point on in 1997 I would play something from Zoot Suit Riot: The Swingin’ Hits of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Not long after and not saying I had anything to do with it, I started to hear “Zoot Suit Riot” on the local rock station that only played, “Just The Hits”.

1.Zoot Suit Riot3:54
2.Ding Dong Daddy Of The D-Car Line3:31
3.When I Change Your Mind2:29
4.Here Comes The Snake3:18
5.Mister White Keys3:07
6.Come Back To Me2:40
7.Brown Derby Jump2:59
8.Dr. Bones3:34
9.Pink Elephant3:40
10.Master & Slave4:05
11.Drunk Daddy5:10
12.No Mercy For Swine4:02
13.Cherry Poppin' Daddy Strut3:06
14.Shake Your Lovemaker5:50