Most music fans remember Cherry Poppin’ Daddies from their double-platinum 1999 single “Zoot Suit Riot,” but that swing number was a bit of a double-edged sword for the band. The band had been underground swing legends, but got a little miffed at all the Johnny-Come-Latelies to the scene and, rather than making more swing records, experimented with everything from Motown to Caribbean music to funk. 14 years later, though, the group is finally releasing another swing record.
White Teeth, Black Thoughts finds the Eugene, Oregon band singing about modern issues, but against a retro backdrop. Convinced that the modern swing scene is built around “dumb-ass clichés and b-movie ideas,” the band and frontman Steve Perry set to write about the haves and have nots, as well as what happens to a society that gets too comfortable.
The album’s first single, “I Love American Music” has been out for a bit now, but The A.V. Club has the premiere of the music video below. Watch it and reminisce.
White Teeth, Black Thoughts is out July 16.