Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the band that has catapulted the Big Band neo-swing scene into the next millennium, made its long-awaited major label debut on February 24, 1998 for Coolsville/EMI-Capitol Entertainment Properties. Eleven of the 12 tracks on the self-titled LP, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, are original compositions, including new recordings of two songs (You, Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight) and Go Daddy-O first heard on the soundtrack album to the hit film Swingers, in which Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was featured. The sole outside competition is the Cab Calloway classic Minnie the Moocher. The eponymous album, produced by Brad Benedict, creator of the Ultra Lounge Series, and studio wizard Michael Frondelli, will also mark the first release for Coolsville Records through its label deal with EMI-Capitol Entertainment Properties.


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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the band that has catapulted the Big Band neo-swing scene into the next millennium, made its long-awaited major label debut on February 24, 1998 for Coolsville/EMI-Capitol Entertainment Properties. Eleven of the 12 tracks on the self-titled LP, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, are original compositions, including new recordings of two songs (You, Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight) and Go Daddy-O first heard on the soundtrack album to the hit film Swingers, in which Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was featured. The sole outside competition is the Cab Calloway classic Minnie the Moocher. The eponymous album, produced by Brad Benedict, creator of the Ultra Lounge Series, and studio wizard Michael Frondelli, will also mark the first release for Coolsville Records through its label deal with EMI-Capitol Entertainment Properties.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been playing its jumpin' swing, high-octane nitro jive since 1992. Beginning in 1995, the eight man little Big band decked out in pinstriped suits, fedora hats and spectator shoes headlined Hollywood's famed Derby regularly on Wednesday nights for 18 months, during which time it helped define the lounge scene immortalized in 1996's Swingers. Besides Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's scene-stealing performance in that film, it was also spotlighted late that year on the Fox television series Party of Five, as well as with a track on its Music From Party of Five soundtrack album. In late January, the band will be featured on an episode of Melrose Place, where they will perform three songs from the new album. Since 1995, the band has performed more than 200 concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada and is set to embark on a worldwide concert tour in late February.

Said E-Prop President Bruce Kirkland: "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy sets the tone for the entire Coolsville label -- music inspired by another era but from the band that's original and contemporary. This is new music that's stylish and classy and fun. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has given the swing craze a very Nineties twist with music that's definitely Coolsville." Coolsville principal Gary Stamler adds, "we are very excited to be in business with Bruce Kirkland, E-Prop, and EMD. E-Prop's enormous success with the Ultra Lounge series and their unbridled commitment to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and our other forthcoming releases bodes very favorably for a long and successful relationship."

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Scotty Morris, with Josh Levy on piano, Andy Rowley on saxophone, Karl Hunter on saxophone and clarinet, Glen "The Kid" Marhevka on trumpet, Jeff Harris on trombone, Dirk Shumaker on string bass, and Kurt Sodergren on drums. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy released two earlier self-produced, and well-received, albums distributed via the retro indie distributor Hep Cat. The first, in 1993, was also self-titled, with Watchu' Want For Christmas? released in 1995.

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