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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Biography

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Birth Place: Ventura, California
Years Active: 1989-present
Genres: Swing, Big Band

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing revival band from Southern California. The band was originally formed in Ventura, California, in 1989 by leader Scotty Morris. The band was named Big Bad Voodoo Daddy after Morris met blues guitar legend Albert Collins, who signed an autograph “To Scotty, the big bad voodoo daddy."

After playing in punk and alternative rock bands during the 1980s, including False Confession, part of the Oxnard, California Nardcore scene, Morris founded Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with Kurt Sodergren. The band launched two albums, 1994’s “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy” and 1997’s “Watchu' Want for Christmas?” under their own label Big Bad Records before getting their big break when their songs “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby),” “I Wan'na Be Like You” and “Go Daddy-O,” were featured on the soundtrack of the 1996 comedy-drama, “Swingers.”

From there, they were signed by Capitol Records. With Capitol, the band released 1998’s “Americana Deluxe,” 1999’s “This Beautiful Life,” 2003’s “Save My Soul.” They created a version of the opening theme for the sitcom, "3rd Rock from the Sun," which was used for the 1999–2000 season.

The band has continued to tour and release albums, including the 2004 holiday album, “Everything You Want for Christmas,” and the 2009 tribute to Cab Calloway, “How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway.” Their eighth studio album, “Rattle Them Bones,” was issued in 2012.