Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Watch: Video For "Huffin' Muggles" by The Cherry Poppin' Daddies

The Cherry Poppin' Daddies were one of the big artists to come out of the big band revival of the late 90's but, by that time, they had been recording for almost a decade.

Of the original lineup, only singer Steve Perry, bassist Dan Schmid and trumpeter Dana Heitman remain, but the latest version of the band continues to record their big band/rock hybrid with their newest album, White Teeth, Black Thoughts which was released in July.

From that album comes their new single, Huffin' Muggles which the band says "is 30’s 40’s term for the reefer, not a Harry Potter reference." The video for the song is a tribute inspired by the Warhol Family including such personalities as Candy Darling, Jackie Curtis and Holly Woodlawn along with B-movie star Maria Montez.

In the video, singer Perry appears in drag. He told Out:

The video for Huffin Muggles was done with some of my friends in the local drag community of Eugene, Oregon. Huffin Muggles is a '30s/'40s term for pot. The song is essentially an ear to the door to a humorous conversation which a more culturally experienced urban male is holding court with a small group of his younger acolytes while enjoying the reefer. The theme is innocence and experience, and that is why there is an oblique reference to William Blake's 'Songs of Innocence and Experience' in the lyric. Horrible that there are people out there that wish to deny other people basic human rights, and I am an ardent supporter of LGBT rights. The video style was an homage to filmmaker author Kenneth Anger.

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