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In an interview with Songfacts, lead singer Steve Perry said that the song was inspired by the Zoot Suit Riots, which began in Los Angeles in 1943, sparked by rising tensions between the American servicemen stationed in Southern California and the Los Angeles Mexican-American community. (Source Zoot Suit Riot Songfacts).

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  • :-))
  • extrem smart
  • Zoot suitin' fun
  • I really like weird al yankovic's parody of this.
  • Oh yeah! Love this track...gets me jumpin' & jivin'.
  • I shall own a Zoot suit someday soon
  • Makes me want to dance, bad.
  • there's nothing quite as fun as this.
  • yes!
  • Whooo Man, Thats ! Just what I needed. Cardial Rhythums. Applying this feel thru all Radio stations and TV Channels might get all of those FAT/LAZY Cry Babies up off of the couch and Do Something!. Zoot Cool

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