"I Dig Your Voodoo!"
The Naughty Ones, 1994
before the Swing and Cocktail revival hit big, there were bands like The
Naughty Ones,fromAustin, Texas, grinding out the classics with
a hipster's swagger and a lounge lizard's croon. You can think about this
disc as the wallpaper for your own personal noir flick. I Dig Your
Voodoo is a mixture of mambo swing and hot-rod cool jazz, mixed
in a martini shaker and served in a wide glass with a lemon twist. There
are some great vocal tracks like the title track, the swinger standard
"the Walkin' Blues," "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams," and the infectious
"Skiddy-Wo." They also take be-bop standards like Bird's "Billies Bounce,"
Monk's "Well You Needn't," and "Harlem Nocturne," and put a touch of guitar
grind behind them. In this record you can hear both the echoes of the greats
like Mancini and Baxtor and hints of sounds to come, like Royal Crown Revue,
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. When you get this
disc, make sure you take a gander at the band photos. Everyone is a bongo-carrying,
slick-suit wearing, sunglassed cool cat. Add to that a credit for two cheesecakes
who position is the band is simply "naughty dancing."
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