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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Like Squirrel Nut Zippers and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy revived big-band music for the '90s and beyond. BBVD concentrated on the swinging days of the '40s and '50s, borrowing some of the Rat Pack lingo in addition to the zoot suits that cloaked each bandmate. Formed in Los Angeles in 1992, the group built up a following with regular gigs on the local lounge circuit, playing to Gen-Xers enamored with the kitschy charm of the cocktail nation. This burgeoning lounge scene was captured in the hit 1996 indie comedy film Swingers, which featured a song by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on the soundtrack as well as an onscreen cameo by the band. By the end of 1997, the band had self-released two albums -- Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and What'chu Want for Christmas -- which were local hits and led to a major-label contract with Capitol Records.

In February 1998, Capitol released the group's major-label debut, Americana Deluxe (also known as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, although the album was different from the band's self-released debut). This Beautiful Life followed one year later. By the time the band came together for a follow-up, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy had sold over three million albums, performed at Super Bowl XXXIII with Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan, and had their music used in over 60 film and TV trailers. The swing revival had considerably died down, however, thus returning Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to their original status as an underground band.

The group's fifth album, Save My Soul, appeared in 2003, five years after their Interscope debut. Inspired by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Save My Soul found the band expanding its sound to include elements of the Big Easy's jazz, swamp funk, and Cajun traditions. A live CD/DVD and holiday-themed album appeared in 2004. In 2009, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy released How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway, which found the band digging even deeper into a hardcore jazz and swing sound. The band stuck with the more swing- and jazz-oriented approach after signing with the Savoy Jazz label and releasing Rattle Them Bones in 2012. Their third collection of Christmas music, It Feels Like Christmas Time, appeared in the fall of 2013. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rattle Them Bones

1. The Adventures Of...

2. Diga Diga Do

3. The Jitters

4. Let It Roll Again

5. It Only Took A Kiss

6. She's Always Right (I'm Never Wrong)

7. Why Me?

8. Devil's Dance

9. It's Lonely At The Top

10. Still In The Mood

11. Gimme That Wine

12. 5-10-15 Times

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Track List: How Big Can You Get?

1. Come On With The Come On

2. Calloway Boogie

3. The Call Of The Jitterbug

4. Hey Now, Hey Now

5. The Jumpin' Jive

6. How Big Can You Get

7. The Old Man Of The Mountain

8. The Ghost Of Smokey Joe

9. Reefer Man

10. Minnie The Moocher

11. Tarzan Of Harlem

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Track List: Live

Disc 1

2. The Boogie Bumper (Live)

3. Jumpin' Jack (Live)

4. I Wanna Be Just Like You (Jungle Book Song) (Live)

6. Big Time Operator (Live)

7. Minnie The Moocher (Live)

8. Oh Yeah (Live)

9. King of Swing (Live)

10. You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 (Tonight) (Live)

11. I Like It (Live)

12. Please Baby (Live)

13. Mr. Pinstripe Suit (Live)

14. Go Daddy-O (Live)

15. Simple Songs (Live)

16. So Long - Farewell - Goodbye (Live)

17. Always Gonna Get Ya (Live)

Disc 2
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Track List: Save My Soul

1. Zig Zaggity Woop Woop (Part One)

2. You Know You Wrong

3. Always Gonna Get Ya

4. Don't You Feel My Leg

5. Oh Yeah

6. Simple Songs

7. Next Week Sometime

8. Save My Soul

9. I Like It

10. Zig Zaggity Woop Woop (Part Two)

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Track List: Americana Deluxe

1. Boogie Bumper

2. Mr. Pinstripe Suit

3. King Of Swing

4. Minnie The Moocher

5. You & Me & The Bottle Makes Three Tonight

6. Jump With My Baby

7. Maddest Kind Of Love

8. Go-Daddy-O

9. Please Baby

10. Mambo Swing

11. Jumpin' Jack

12. So Long - Farewell - Goodbye

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Eye gotz a big bad case '0' Big Bad VD! 4--free. Si...
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saqib_jodi
"Rattle Them Bones" is my favorite album of their's. Proves they are STILL swinging!
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I totally dig these hep cats!!!
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These guys are smokin'!
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it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
---Louie Armstrong--
soooooo true
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sam.awesomeg u y
Niiice...
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plasticrewar d s
What the gecko
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perfect Halloween music :)
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the horn section is outstanding. . . . . . . . .
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It is impossible to sit still when I hear these guys.....
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Nice cover of the Cab Calloway original.
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Going to their concert on Thursday. Absolutely in love with this band.
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they sound like they have a blast playing their music....... G o o d dance music....
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mricondo
Can't wait to see them at Disney for the food and wine festival
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saqib_jodi
Love BBVD, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Brian Setzer. They're the cat's pyjamas;)
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Time for a comeback boys������
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They make me want to jitterbug, and I don't even know how!
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Pro mobsters
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j2hess
These guys are virtuoso musicians with the real chops - the stars of the swing era have nothing on them. Go see them. Prepare to boogie.
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First I was like yeah okay whatever there a band so but then one day my dad gave me a surprise by bringing me to a concert and now I'm like in live with them if I don't listen to them once a day I die live you guys like in love big bad voodoo daddy rocks yeah
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Their music is so fun to dance to! Swing dancing is fun period!
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Swing's the Thing. Love It !!!
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my cousin, Anthony Bonsera plays with these guys more often than not... keep an eye out for a big trumpet player wearing a half open suit xD
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I've seen these guys live at the derby off sunset strip... These guys have the dance floor rocking every time I've seen them!!! Timeless band!! I wish they would come out to CO!!
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They are coming to town in a couple of days....Hot Water casino in Palm Springs...Ca n ' t wait to see then live......
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Seeing them tonight ��������
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rockin' it Babyzzzzzzzz z z !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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love this music
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This is awesome and classic ... Love it!!!
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Like !
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Good stuff never let a crowd down once
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garammasala1 9 6 8
Setzer, Indigo Swing, and BBVD can do no wrong:)
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yeah man, if you can't enjoy swing, then you don't know music
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I'm a thrash metal guy, but I can't believe there's anyone who wouldn't like a good swing band like BBVD.
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vainglorius6 7
I remember when scotty was a punker! Kudos on all uyour sucess! Great band! Great music! Love ya guys! Joey wolfe.nardco r e 4 life!
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This is actually real music :)
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Was given tickets as a Christmas gift to their concert at the Tarrytown Music Hall, in Tarrytown, NY last week 01/16/14. What a show! Their music is how I like it, comes right at you! Keeps your feet moving throughout the show. They have another fan in NY. Looking forward until they return to the metro-NY area.
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foxxlaura
Sands Casino - PA 02/07/14!!! Can't wait!
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niccole0424
I love big time operator
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These guys are amazing!
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ahhh, swing me baby yea yea yea swing
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Just saw them last weekend in Wichita, KS for the second time. Great as always. After the concert we went to a bar down the street, and there were five of the band members having a beer. We ended up talking to them for about 20 minutes. Great guys. One of them told me how the band got its name. Some jazz musician signed one of their guitars BBVD and the name stuck.
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Go Daddy-O.
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LOVE THESE GUYS. helped us jazz band nerds cheer.
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These guys were huge when I was a teenager, at least in my area of Southern Oregon. I think I still have a dollar bill that all of them signed
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Saw these guys on the stage - they are even better on stage. They run an awesome show.
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LOVE this music. It's a shame there aren't more swing bands.
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Just what this country needs today.
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Live outside by the bay in San Diego. Good show. Weird hearing that music coming from a few guys wearing bermuda shorts and Hawaiian shirts, though.
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