Soul Caddy

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Barnes & Noble - Deborah Orr
For those swingers-come-lately who've considered this Oregon octet a straight-up '40s-style swing band à la Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' fifth album firmly establishes their multigenerational party credentials. While 1997's Zoot Suit Riot highlighted the swing ingredient in the Daddies' rip-roarin' party punch, the band's zest for good-time music is too broad for just one postwar idiom of nightclub-packing tunes. Soul Caddy's common denominator is hi-NRG, meaty-beaty exuberance, whether the band is beefing up the old "Ballroom Blitz" rhythm on "Diamond Light Boogie," offering a sleek, millennial update on big-band swing with "Swingin' with Tiger ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Deborah Orr
For those swingers-come-lately who've considered this Oregon octet a straight-up '40s-style swing band à la Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' fifth album firmly establishes their multigenerational party credentials. While 1997's Zoot Suit Riot highlighted the swing ingredient in the Daddies' rip-roarin' party punch, the band's zest for good-time music is too broad for just one postwar idiom of nightclub-packing tunes. Soul Caddy's common denominator is hi-NRG, meaty-beaty exuberance, whether the band is beefing up the old "Ballroom Blitz" rhythm on "Diamond Light Boogie," offering a sleek, millennial update on big-band swing with "Swingin' with Tiger Woods" and "So Long Toots," or going one step beyond Madness with "End of the Night." And that's leaving out their forays into grunge, pop-punk, and '70s soul. The Daddies do allow a few minutes for listeners to refuel, as on the glam musings of "Grand Mal," but this band doesn't stay minimal rhythmically or instrumentally for long. Although they rummage through musical styles as if they were costumes found in an old attic trunk, the bright, horn-centric production, Steve Perry's Great White Way-ready vocals, and a smooth, extroverted confidence sees the band through. Soul Caddy is one party record where dormitory residents and hip grandparents can mix it up on the same dance floor.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Still relishing the likes of the mid-'90s wave of third wave ska/swing revival, Oregon's Cherry Poppin' Daddies don't disregard the heavy post-bop sound that made them an MTV household name in 1997 with Zoot Suit Riot. It was fashionable and sassy, and Cherry Poppin' Daddies were a part of that bursting new swing scene Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, Mighty Blue Kings that made the pop kids want to dance. Three years on, the band polished their brassy rock & roll on their fifth album Soul Caddy to make for a sharp set of standards, musically and professionally. Soul Caddy mixes hard rock elements with streaks of punk and dance-pop. Textures are layered, yet smooth in structure for Cherry Poppin' Daddies' witty and smart lyricism are more apparent than on their previous records. Songs such as "Diamond Light Boogie" boast glam stylings and sassy songwriting from frontman Steve Perry. The sexual overtones are humorous and practically expected, but they are also part of the band's musical excitement. "God Is a Spider" is lumpish with a strong horn section, thumping guitar licks, and the band can only get crazier in attempting to make for a wider array of sounds. Delving into jaunty British punk, "Stay, Don't Just Stay If You're Gonna" plays around with Jam aesthetics, whereas "Grand Mal" is a dark indie rock track so alluring, it makes for the most enjoyable cut on the album. It's a lush pop song, frolicking with little boy dreams and apprehensions, and that is certainly refreshing coming from a band who was assumed to be generic retro swing. Cherry Poppin' Daddies indicate that they're not all fun and games when it comes to being musical individualists. But alas, they do stay true to one sound that made them so popular "So Long Toots," "Swingin' With Tiger Woods [The Big Swing]". Soul Caddy is flat out fun and there's no way around that. The musical redefinitions taken on by Cherry Poppin' Daddies seem to be creatively suiting, and for the listeners who take time to believe in it, Soul Caddy will be impressively surprising.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Mojo / Jive
  • UPC: 012414178923
  • Catalog Number: 41789

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cherry Poppin' Daddies Primary Artist
Ada Dyer Background Vocals
Dewey Redman Tenor Saxophone
Paulette McWilliams Background Vocals
Mark Volman Background Vocals
Johnny Goetchius Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tim Donahue Drums, Group Member
Sean Flannery Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Dana Heitman Trumpet, Group Member
Jason Moss Guitar, Group Member
Dustin Lanker Keyboards, Group Member
Dan Schmid Bass, Group Member
Ian Early Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Group Member
Steve Perry Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Stylophone, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Jack Joseph Puig Producer
Jay Rifkin Executive Producer
Tony Visconti Producer
Billy Barnett Engineer
Giloh Morgan Vocal Producer
Steve Perry Producer, Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a cyberdelic world of jet boys and tiger girls.

    Although they were partially responsible for reviving the swing craze back in the late 90's, The Cherry Poppin' Daddies were versatile in their musical craftsmanship. The band's 2000 CD, "Soul Caddy," proves this. Instead of capitalizing on the hits of 1997's "Zoot Suit Riot," the group concocted a sonic cornucopia out of several musical genres. "Swingin' with Tiger Woods" and "So Long Toots" are the only authentic swing tracks on the album, and both of them greatly glisten like a martini glass. "The Saddest Thing I Know" offers record buyers a sampling of smooth jazz. "Soul Cadillac," with its synthetic organ and sliding trumpets, is a carefree dance tune where frontman Steve Perry plays a 1950's teen heartthrob. "Stay, Don't Just Stay" also evokes the feel of that decade, for the track is set in a perfect suburban neighborhood complete with a dog and a white picket fence. "My Mistake" is an electric mix of techno, pop, and 1970's funk. The ska track, "End of the Night," is interesting. Here, Perry is trying to reconnect with his estranged father, who he had first introduced as an abusive alcoholic in "Drunk Daddy." The infectious "Diamond Light Boogie" brings forth the futuristic, bubblegum groove of a sci-fi B-movie. "God is a Spider" is a bizarre and disturbing track about suicide. The song incorporates blaring trumpets with hard rock guitars, and the rhythm scurries like the legs of a centipede. "Grand Mal" is an offering of alternative, acoustic rock. The lyrics of this particular tune are absurd as they involve a girl who hears banjos when seeing her boyfriend naked. "Irish Whiskey" is a bittersweet punk anthem about friendship and sacrifice. "Bleeding Ceremony" is probably the strangest track of all. It graphically unveils the private pains of self-mutilation while teetering to the brink of full-blown nu metal. Fans who had become accustomed to the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' swing sound may be turned off by this track, since it seems far too radical for the band to travel this route. Overall, "Soul Caddy" is excellent in its execution. Not only did the Cherry Poppin' Daddies retain the rhythms of "Zoot Suit Riot," but they also expanded their sound into new territories by, ironically, diving into the box of nostalgia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A return to classic CPD

    After 'Zoot Suit Riot' took off, it was only a matter of time before The Daddies went back to their strange, wonderful roots...just where they belong. 'Soul Caddy' is an incredible mix of the eclecticism we've come to know, love and expect from CPD. From the high-energy dance beat of 'Diamond Light Boogie' to the hard driven punk of 'Irish Whiskey' to the soulful blue notes of 'Saddest Thing I Know', this disc runs the gamut of musical styles, each done with the same incredible quality and attention to detail. Each band member holds their own, displaying their incredible talents, whether it be a rockin' guitar solo from Jason Moss, a rippin' trumpet riff from Dana Heitman or a hauntingly beautiful lyric from Steve Perry. This cd is a standout from all the other groups out there now, and is most definitely worth many, many listens for years to come...or until the *next* cd comes out.

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