Top 15 Neo-Swing on YouTube

I know swing isn't everyone's cup of tea and some would even question what place it has on a rockabilly site. I'd counter that by saying, put your pre-conceived ideas to one side and just listen to the music without trying to pigeon-hole it. To my mind, neo-swing isn't too far from big band rock 'n' roll and r'n'b. So for those who don't mind a little bit of the swing revival, here's a few bands to enjoy.

Ray Collins Hot Club - Barefoot
The original Ray Collins Hot Club video of their song floor-filler, Barefoot. Shot in black and white the video is so authentic, you'd absolutely bet your house that this was from the 50's. Brilliant.

Squirrel Nut Zippers - Put A Lid On It
Great song, great video, great performance from the hot and talented Katherine Whalen

Puppini Sisters
Short but sweet ad for todays Andrews Sisters. A fun group with a great sound, this quick promo should get you hooked.

Lindy Hop Showdown 2006
A seven minute dance-off with some of the best lindy hop you'll ever see.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Mr. Pinstripe Suit
Black and white promo with the gangster look. One of my favourite swing songs.

Brian Setzer Orchestra - In The Mood
Promo with Hollywood glitz and some hot-rods. MTV with some style at last.

Royal Crown Revue - Somethings Gotta Give
Fun promo for the legendary Royal Crowns.

Vicky Tafoya - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Vicky Tafoya and the Big Beat, live at The Rhythm Riot 2004 on her first show in England. She seemed to rock the joint.

King Pleasure - Mr Blues Is Coming To Town
Professional slot from BBC TV with their great cover of the Wynonie Harris classic. One of the top bands on the circuit they were swinging before it became trendy.

Lavay Smith - Between The Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
Lavay Smith on the San Francisco variety tv show Fog Town Network on April 30, 1995. The band cover the old Arlen-Koehler classic made popular by Cab Calloway in 1931 and Louis Armstrong in 1932 amongst others.

5 In Love - Walk Like An Egyptian
A really swinging version of the Bangles 1980s hit.

Black Cat Zoot - No Swingin' In Your Walkin'
New German band show their wares with this cool promo vid from last year.

Pinstripe Suit - You, Me, and the Bottle Makes Three
Robin Phillips' 6-piece swing band, Pinstripe Suit, play their version of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's, You, Me, and the Bottle Makes Three. The band's good and the gal who shares the vocal duties is smokin'.

Whizz-Bang - A swing nem jatek
Hungarian neo-swing band in the tradition of bands like Big Bad Woodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, Cherry Poppin Daddies and the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Bellevue Cadillac
Jack Nicholson appears as guest chauffeur and sometime singer with a band called Bellevue Cadillac.

Shaun Mather
March 2008

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