While the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and their hyped-up swing revival enjoyed a brief bout with fame in the late '90s, the group was active throughout the decade; on albums like Ferociously Stoned and Rapid City Muscle Car, they cranked out a more punk- and ska-influenced version of the sound that would bring them success a few years later. Their 1997 breakthrough, Zoot Suit Riot, was a greatest-hits of sorts, collecting the most swing-inspired songs from their work to date, so 2003's Greatest Hits is essentially a condensed version of Zoot Suit Riot with a few tracks from the Daddies' final album, Soul Caddy, tacked on for good measure. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though -- songs like "Zoot Suit Riot," "Dr. Bones," "Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line," and "Uncle Ray" still swing, albeit in an ironic sort of way, and reaffirm that the Cherry Poppin' Daddies wrote strong singles, even if their albums suffered by comparison. Greatest Hits is worthwhile for casual fans of the band and the swing revival (which suddenly feels like it was long ago) who didn't pick up either Zoot Suit Riot or Soul Caddy. However, the lack of B-sides, live performances, or other rarities means there isn't much here for fans who have stuck with the band since Ferociously Stoned.
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