KidTunes: Why can’t I go to Kidtopia
Aaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh! If you’ve ever listened to one of those CDs with names like “10,001 Kids Favorites” or “Lotsa Songs All Kids Love”, that was your reaction. Maybe little kids like syrupy sweet renditions of “B-I-N-G-O” and “On Top of Old Smoky,” but little kids also like to pick their noses and...well, never mind.
There is nothing wrong with a lullaby CD to play for the kids at bedtime, but there is something wrong if you want them to sleep all day and you play them music that will anesthetize them. Enough with the bland pap and the monotonous trash that passes itself off as entertainment for kids (usually at “bargain” prices). Even if your kids are entertained by that junk, is that the kind of music you want them to appreciate?
Forget the kids’ CDs at the dollar store or in the bargain bin at your favorite big box. One really good kids’ CD is worth the price of five, ten, or twenty bargains. It will also get listened to more often. As Danny Rockett’s sister complained, “kids' music is lame.” Who is Danny Rockett? Why, he’s the guy that composed all the original songs on Ham and Burger’s latest CD, Kidtopia.
Who are Ham and Burger? They are Felipe Aguilar and Roman Urbanski, two guys who know how to deliver a kidtune that rocks. My very first reaction listening to Kidtopia, was to smile--I smiled throughout the dozen songs on the album. My second reaction was “These guys are nuts!” Of course, that’s “nuts” in a very good way.
Drawing on influences as widely diverse as Devo and hip-hop, Ham and Burger have recorded a kids album that both entertains and amuses. In addition to new songs written by Danny Rockett, there are classic children’s songs that are given new life (“Hole in the Bucket,” “10 Little Monkeys,” “On Top of Spaghetti,” “Happy and You Know It”), and Barry Polisar’s “You Can’t Say Tthhppsspp on the Radio.”Continued on the next page