Cherry Poppin' Daddies Bringing it Back with "Hey Goombah"

February 12, 2024

Cherry Poppin' Daddies Bringing it Back with "Hey Goombah"

In the vast and eclectic landscape of music, few genres possess the timeless appeal and infectious energy of swing. While its heyday might seem confined to the early 20th century, bands like the Cherry Poppin' Daddies are here to prove that swing is very much alive and kicking. With their latest single "Hey Goombah," the Daddies continue to breathe new life into the classic sounds of swing, infusing it with their signature style and modern sensibilities.

Formed in Eugene, Oregon, in the late 1980s, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies initially gained recognition for their unique fusion of swing, ska, punk, and rockabilly. Their breakthrough came in the late '90s with the release of the album "Zoot Suit Riot," featuring the titular hit single that propelled them into the mainstream spotlight. Since then, they have continued to captivate audiences with their high-energy performances and genre-defying approach to music.

Beginning late last year the Cherry Poppin Daddies began releasing new music for their upcoming album, 'At The Pink Rat'. Already releasing six new songs for all to enjoy, the seventh, 'Hey Goombah', is no different. Showcasing their mastery of the genre while adding a contemporary twist. The song opens with a catchy beat on the piano with a horn riff reminiscent of the dark sounds of the streets, instantly transporting listeners to a bygone noir era. However, the Daddies waste no time in injecting their trademark attitude and irreverence into the mix, with lead singer Steve Perry's swaggering vocals delivering tongue-in-cheek lyrics that blend humor and social commentary.

The lyrics of "Hey Goombah" paint a vivid picture of a colorful cast of characters, from slick-talking hustlers to streetwise dames, all navigating the hustle and bustle of urban life. Perry's sharp wit and playful delivery bring these characters to life, evoking a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era while simultaneously highlighting the timeless themes of love, ambition, and perseverance.

Musically, "Hey Goombah" is a tour de force, with the band's tight musicianship and dynamic arrangements creating an irresistible groove that's impossible to resist. The piano throughout, trading infectious melodies and the soft bliss of the horns that harken back to the golden age of swing. Meanwhile, the rhythm section lays down a solid foundation of driving basslines and swinging beats that keep the energy high from start to finish.

Despite its retro influences, "Hey Goombah" feels undeniably fresh and relevant, thanks in no small part to the band's willingness to push boundaries and defy expectations. The Cherry Poppin' Daddies have always been known for their fun fearless experimentation, and "Hey Goombah" is no exception, seamlessly blending elements of swing, rock, and punk into a sound that's uniquely their own.

In an era dominated by digital beats and synthetic sounds, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies stand out as a shining example of the enduring power of live instrumentation and raw talent. With "Hey Goombah," they prove once again that swing is more than just a relic of the past – it's a living, breathing art form that continues to evolve and thrive in the hands of visionary artists like themselves. So dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to swing the night away – the Cherry Poppin' Daddies are bringing it and all the cool with it, back.


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