Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy talks CD, LA sports
By Lynn Hoppes
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, led by Scotty Morris, has a new CD out today, "Rattle Them Bones."
Scotty Morris, lead singer for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, said playing at the Super Bowl in 1999 and providing music for the 1996 Vince Vaughn-driven movie "Swingers" isn't really what the band is about.
"We personally stay away from all that glitz and glamour. Hollywood is not us. It's artificial and non-creative," Morris said. "We didn't drop out. We just didn't play the game on those terms. We feel we're the baddest band on the planet."
Playbook had a few minutes with Morris to talk about the new music and sports in Los Angeles.
You consider you and the other six members of the contemporary swing band a team, right?
"We are coming up on 20 years with all the same guys. We're a team that wants to get better. We challenge ourselves each night. We like it. It's like being a boxer with a good chin."
What's it like on the road these days, being around people you really consider your family?
"It's a fairytale to hear about partying every night and carrying on and putting on a great show. It's a fairytale! Every guy in the band is in the gym in the morning. Elliptical. Stairmasters. Running in the park. We're constantly keeping our game as tight as possible."
How much of an athlete are you?
"I grew up playing football, boxing, wrestling and baseball. Now I have a 10-year-old son who is a soccer maniac. I'm now looking at getting into jujitsu. I'm wired that way. If I sit idle, I'd be very destructive. Yes, I'm trying to get a black belt. It's like our band and our philosophy on life. We don't do anything to be No. 2."
And you love your Los Angeles sports.
"I'm born and raised in Southern California. I'm a fourth-generation Dodgers fan. I'm a hard-core Lakers fan. The Kings are the champs. And I know we're going to get an NFL [team] in the next couple of years. I'm stoked about L.A. sports."
How proud are you of your new CD?
"To me, I listen to a record from start to finish. That's my generation. I tried to make a record that you pop on and leave on. This new CD is a mixtape of 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s music. We mix in New Orleans style, dance music, love songs, ballads and strings. We wanted to make something to give us a stamp of the time musically."
And you're ready to get back on the road.
"You have to win over [the] audience every single night. I'm really proud of this band. Our music is joy, happy and upbeat. When you give them something good, only good will come back. I can't wait for the rest of the world to catch up to us."