20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
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||The Boogie Bumper||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||3:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mr. Pinstripe Suit||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||3:38||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||King of Swing||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||4:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||3:34||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Jump With My Baby||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||6:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Maddest Kind of Love||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||5:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Go Daddy-O||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||3:13||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Big and Bad||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||4:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Wanna Be Like You||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||3:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Who's That Creepin'?||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||4:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||2000 Volts||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||6:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Big Time Operator||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy||4:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was one the key figures of the swing revival of the '90s, not just because they were one of the first bands in L.A. to play the style, but because they had the good fortune to be featured in Doug Liman's 1996 film Swingers, which helped usher the fad into the mainstream and, along with it, BBVD. In the wake of the success of Swingers, the group signed to Interscope, where they released two albums — 1998's eponymous major-label debut (their first indie album was also called Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, but it was a different record) and 1999's This Beautiful Life — before they shuffled off to Vanguard Records sometime after the turn of the millennium. Since the band had one sound — an ironic, party-hearty take on big-band swing, an amalgam of Cab Calloway jive and Rat Pack style — the two Interscope records were pretty much interchangeable, with the first having the lion's share of the good songs, since it drew from their entire repertoire up to that point while the second suffered from sophomore slump syndrome in terms of material, but that stylistic similarity means they can be condensed to one disc pretty effectively, as their first compilation, 20th Century Masters: The Best of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, proves. This concentrates just on the Interscope records, taking seven of the 12 songs from the debut, five of the 12 from This Beautiful Life, and the result is their most consistent album. True, it's still a bit samey — not only do all the songs have the same mood, but they all sound like they're in the same key — the songs aren't as distinctive as the songs they're mimicking, Scotty Morris' vocals are still flat, and ultimately the music is kitschy pastiche. But for those who are nostalgic for '90s nostalgia for the '20s, better to pick up this 20th Century Masters instead of a proper BBVD album, since it's more consistent and more fun than the full-length records.
great album...i never have as much fun as going to an open field with my car, my girl and this album and swing dancin the night away. trust me, this album is a blast. lots of good swing bands out there, go find 'em and if you dig swing be sure to check out some new age jazz artists like stanton moore.
gotta love this music!!!! really fun to listen to, gets all my swing friends and i in the total mood to swing dance the night away...
well i pretty much only listen to metal... and this is one of the few exceptions. somehow, i like BBVD quite a bit, and my favorite songs are "Mr. Pinstripe Suit" and "You And Me And The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)". so anyway... great band, listen to them.
Formed: 1990 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s