Stay Cool Dad


You know? For kids! by Simon Sharwood
March 27, 2006, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

In response to at least one request, I have compiled a play list of what I consider good alt.rock for under-fives that they will like and you will be able to tolerate instead of wishing the Wiggles fall under the big red car.

So without any further ado.

1. Little Ghost – The White Stripes

Silly fun with a harmless supernatural theme kids like.

2. Apple Tree – Wolfmother

Why would you play your kids grunge? Cos this grunge song has silliness about apple trees and a lovely chunky riff that they can sing!

3. Beyond the Clouds – The Girls From the Clouds

Lots of la la la makes this fun. For the first 100 plays anyway. Lovely harmonies make this totally un-jarring.

4. The Magic Number – De La Soul

My son loves to scratch. This song will get him scratching and let him indulge his current passion for counting. Great intro to hip hop back when it was less interested in pimpz and ho’s.

5. Nature Anthem – Grandaddy

A silly lyric they can learn and repeat

6. Jungle Boogie – Kool and the Gang

I love hearing kids singing things like “get down” so this gets a guernsey for that reason alone. Oh yeah, jungle=animals=good for kids.

7. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da – The Police

More singalong madness.

8. Ant – They Might Be Giants

Why this, of all the TMBG tracks I own? I like the fact it tells a story that kids can refute. Indeed, my son does. When TMBG sing “there’s an ant crawling up your back in the night time and you don’t feel a thing because you are sleeping” he chimes up “I think you would feel it daddy if the ant bit you.”

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You like it because it says “there’s an ant which is the president”. You’re foisting your anti shrub junior views onto your helpless children!

Comment by Pdaddy

And your problem with that bias is … what exactly? 🙂

Comment by simon

Our 3yo is obsessed with Spiderbait and also has favourite songs from The White Stripes, The Jam and Tenpole Tudor. He also likes shaking his groove thing to the drum and bass duo at The Broadway Hotel on a Thursday night. My theory: If you strip out the pretence, rock is about fun.

Comment by Steven Noble




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