Skaboy JFK

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Skaboy JFK: The Skankin' Hits of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Compilation album by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Released September 29, 2009
Recorded 1994-2008, March 2009 at Gung Ho Studios in Eugene, Oregon
Genre Ska, ska punk
Length 37:27
Label Space Age Bachelor Pad Records
Rock Ridge Music
Producer Steve Perry
Cherry Poppin' Daddies chronology
Susquehanna
(2008)
Skaboy JFK
(2009)
White Teeth, Black Thoughts
(2012)

Skaboy JFK: The Skankin' Hits of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies is the second compilation album and seventh album overall by American ska-swing band the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, released in September 2009 on Rock Ridge Music.

In a similar vein to the Daddies' 1997 swing compilation Zoot Suit Riot, Skaboy JFK is a collection of the band's ska material, compiling all of the ska and ska punk tracks from their first five studio albums along with four newly recorded bonus tracks.

Overview[edit]

Skaboy JFK is a compilation of the ska and ska-influenced songs featured on the Daddies' previous studio albums, spanning from 1994's Rapid City Muscle Car to 2008's Susquehanna, excluding only the band's 1990 debut Ferociously Stoned. The songs on the compilation cover a broad range of styles of ska music, including traditional Jamaican-influenced ska, reggae, third wave ska and ska punk.[1]

As the Daddies' former label Jive Records own the master recordings of the band's late 1990s work, three songs - "Soul Cadillac" and "End of the Night" from 2000's Soul Caddy and "2:29" from 1997's Vacationing in Palm Springs - were fully re-recorded for inclusion on this compilation. Notably, "2:29" was re-recorded and re-arranged from a fast ska punk style to a mellower reggae tempo.

Production history[edit]

Singer-songwriter Steve Perry first announced interest in a ska compilation in a November 2008 interview shortly after the release of Susquehanna, saying that fans had been suggesting the concept for years as a companion piece to Zoot Suit Riot.[2] Perry further noted that such a project could help show a different side of the Daddies than the swing material the band is primarily recognized for and would hopefully reconnect them with the ska scene in which they had first established themselves at the start of their career.[1][2]

On February 22, 2009, Perry confirmed the project on the band's MySpace page, revealing that production would take place in March and the album - under the working title of simply "The Skankin' Hits of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies" - would possibly include as many as 15 songs. He noted the cover art would revisit touches of the Zoot Suit Riot artwork, explaining "...if they look somewhat similar maybe people will put 2 + 2 together and understand that these were special records we did in order to showcase one style, as opposed to getting a wrong impression of what the band is about generally".[3]

In mid-2009, the Daddies signed to independent label Rock Ridge Music, home of former Mojo labelmates Reel Big Fish (who, coincidentally, would also release a ska compilation of re-recorded tracks due to an identical conflict with Jive Records), for the national release and distribution of both Skaboy JFK and a re-issue of Susquehanna. Both records were simultaneously released on September 29, 2009.

The newly recorded tracks for Skaboy JFK marked the last recorded appearances of longtime lead guitarist Jason Moss, who joined the Daddies in 1992, and tenor saxophonist Jesse Cloninger, who had joined in 2008, as both musicians would leave the band in 2010.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [4]

Critical response to Skaboy JFK was generally positive. PopMatters called the album "excellent" and "packed with irresistible energy", singling out "Hi and Lo" and "Sockable Face Club" as particular highlights,[5] while Blogcritics shared equal praise, citing it as "[proof] that swing and ska are far from dead".[6] Goldmine described the music as "irresistible" and, along with Susquehanna, a re-establishment of the Daddies as "an ongoing (and worthwhile) entity".[7] Metro Spirit summarized the record as "a very catchy, very fun and all around toe-tapping, finger-snapping, head-bobbing good time",[8] and The Renegade Rip also complemented the music's energy, again giving particular praise to "Hi and Lo" and "Sockable Face Club", though claiming that eventually the ska rhythms "became predictable and the melodies ran together".[9]

On the negative side of the critical spectrum, a separate reviewer on Blogcritics derided the album's content as "[sounding] like every other modern ska track I’ve ever heard",[10] while Wonka Vision gave Skaboy JFK a score of 2/5, describing it as "run-of-the-mill" and a reminder that "ska isn't anything special"...though listing "Hi and Lo" and "Sockable Face Club" as among the more memorable tracks on the album.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steve Perry

No. Title Length
1. "Skaboy JFK"   2:27
2. "Hi and Lo"   3:38
3. "Soul Cadillac" (re-recording) 3:29
4. "Sockable Face Club"   3:47
5. "Slapstick"   4:34
6. "End of the Night" (re-recording) 2:45
7. "Pool Shark"   3:02
8. "Cosa Nostra"   3:52
9. "Don Quixote"   3:03
10. "Hammerblow"   3:00
11. "2:29" (re-recording) 2:49
12. "Say It To My Face"   3:01
Total length:
37:27

Previous availability[edit]

Original album Year Track
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ferociously Stoned 1990
Rapid City Muscle Car 1994 X
Kids on the Street 1996 X X X
Soul Caddy 2000 X X
Susquehanna 2008 X X
Previously unreleased 2009 X X X X
  • Previous recordings of "2:29" and "Hi and Lo" first appeared on the Daddies/Reel Big Fish split 7" Vacationing in Palm Springs (1997).

Credits[edit]

Cherry Poppin' Daddies[edit]

Band roster at the time of release of this compilation album:

Musicians[edit]

Instrument Musician Track
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
vocals/guitar Steve Perry X X X X X X X X X X X X
bass Dan Schmid X X X X X X X X X X X X
trumpet/trombone Dana Heitman X X X X X X X X X X X X
guitar Jason Moss X X X X X X X X X X X X
keyboards Dustin Lanker X X X X X X X X
Chris Azorr X X X X
tenor saxophone Jesse Cloninger X X X X X X
Sean Flannery X X X
Adrian Baxter X X X
alto/tenor saxophone Joe Manis X X X X X X X X
Rex Trimm X X X
Brooks Brown X
drums Jason Palmer X X X X X X X
Tim Donahue X X
Adam Glogauer X
Sean Oldham X
Brian West X

Production[edit]

  • Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Mastering, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Recorded and Mixed by Bill Barnett at Gung Ho Studios, Eugene, Oregon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 'Cherry Poppin' Daddies to Release Two Albums in September'
  2. ^ a b Mohler, Bennett. 'The Cherry Poppin' Daddies Are Back' The Torch. November 20, 2008
  3. ^ Perry, Steve. 'The Skankin' Hits of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' www.daddies.com. February 22, 2009.
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1633995/review
  5. ^ Loar, Christel 'Cherry Poppin' Daddies - 'Skaboy JFK PopMatters. November 17, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, Brian 'Music Review: Cherry Poppin' Daddies - "Skaboy JFK"' Blogcritics September 29, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  7. ^ Popke, Michael 'Cherry Poppin' Daddies' Goldmine Magazine. November 6, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  8. ^ Lull, Dino. 'CD Reviews - Cherry Poppin' Daddies' Metro Spirit December 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  9. ^ Avery, Katie. 'Cherry Poppin' Daddies Stick to Big Band Sound' The Renegade Rip. October 7, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  10. ^ Bastardo, Luigi 'Music Review - The Cherry Poppin' Daddies' Blogcritics. October 17, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  11. ^ 'Cherry Poppin' Daddies' Wonka Vision. November 5, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2009.