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Favorite Big Band/Swing Classics/Standards

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« on: August 03, 2010, 10:29:48 am »

...That whole Swing thing hit BIG when I worked at Harmony House the second time...(oddly enough, N&D was released in 95, IIRC--before the wave hit...)I started back there in 98; and I remember all our high school kids went to the same school (sometimes awesome, sometimes quite hellish!) were all takin' swing lessons, and they'd come in afterward and show us what they learned...We played that stuff a LOT!!  There were some really good bands at that point--Brian Setzer's Big Band, The Fabulous Swing Kings, Blue Plate Special (who played our CHRISTMAS PARTY; from Chicago, I think!) Cherry Poppin' Daddies...I can't remember any more. 

We had another New Swing band, the Atomic Fireballs, perform at my college back in 1998 or so.  I believe they were the opener for Blessid Union of Souls (strange pairing).  I went to see them live and left before Blessid Union of Souls really got going. 

Another few new swing bands that come to mind are Royal Crown Revue, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (the band from the movie Swingers) the latter are best known for You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three

Thank you!!!  THAT'S THE ONE!!  Atomic Fireballs. and NOW since you said it--did they do the song, MAN WITH THE HEX?? Is that them??  That song ROCKS!!  I'm kinda sick of my brain (or the lack thereof, as the case may be...)at the moment...and it's gettin' worse!  UGH.  Anyway...I hate that all my music is in storage...I have ALL[/a] that stuff!!  Royal Crown Revue is great, too.  I saw Squirrel Nut Zippers Live in a TEENSY club in Pontiac BITD.  It was EXCELLENT!...and I wish I could remember WHO opened.   

Yeah, that IS a strange pairing...oh well.  Sometimes the oddest pairings are some of the best shows.

Actually I don't recall specifics about the show, only that I enjoyed it.  Even though I thoroughly enjoyed New Swing as far as 90s horn music was concerned I was a bit more entrenched on the ska end of the spectrum-- Reel Big Fish, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake, Mustard Plug, Deals Gone Bad (saw them live at a German/Irish bar, Gunther Murphy's, here in Chicago back in 1999, have one of their CDs too), and Mephaskapholes to name but a few.  Of those Mighty Mighty Bosstones were my faves starting with their 1993 major label debut Don't Know How to Party (arguably still their best, but their first 2 indie releases and 1995's Question the Answers are pretty good as well.

But ska belongs a bit more in the 90s section of the board than in here.  New Swing on the other hand is equally at home here and/or in the 90s section.
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