CD Review: The Boogers, “Road to Rock”

The Boogers – Road to Rock (2008, Spire)
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Putting together a kids’ version of a band whose music celebrated eternal adolescence might seem like a rather pointless thing to do, but don’t be so quick to write off the Boogers — as it turns out, making Ramones-inspired music for grade schoolers is a pretty good idea, and Road to Rock (patterned, from the cover on down, after Road to Ruin) is a lot of fun.

Now, having said that, I have to add that I’m not really sure who the audience is for this stuff, or if there even is one. Musically, Road to Rock has all the attitude you’d expect from a band that bills itself as “the anti-Barney” and “the Wiggles’ worst nightmare,” and packs 20 songs into its brief 26-minute runtime, but lyrically, it’s mostly made up of nursery rhymes, which creates a bit of a riddle — how many kids are old enough to get excited about punk, but young enough to put up with even the most rockin’ version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”?

The answer, I’d wager, is “not many,” although the Boogers seem to be doing pretty well for themselves, and I’m not ashamed to admit I got a kick out of listening to Road to Rock. I’d suggest these songs for vintage t-shirt-wearing boys and girls between first and fourth grades — sort of a narrow demographic, I guess, but why look an anti-Barney in the mouth? Crank it up, teach your toddlers how to make devil horns with their adorable little fingers, and get ready for them to raid your collection of the real stuff in a few years.

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    Hi Jeff,

    If you're looking for good children's music that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out, then check out 2 award-winning albums.

    First, is NAPPA and Parent Choice award-winning artist Jonathan Sprout and his latest release American Heroes #3. The third in a series, AH#3 offers up fun upbeat songs about some of our finest historical figures, including Thomas Jefferson, John Muir, Pocahontas, Jane Adams and more. Yes, music and a history lesson, all rolled into one! Tunes like “Chocolate King” about Milton Hershey, gives our youngsters (and some of us adults) a great education and entertains us too. http://WWW.JONSPROUT.COM

    Second up, is my own compilation FUNKY KIDZ, which I produced with the help of my 10 year old son Jake. The album features 12 of New Orleans' finest artists (Nevilles, The Radiators, George Porter Jr., Theresa Andersson and more) doing funked up covers of classic kids songs we all know and love like Zip a Dee Doo Dah, Yellow Submarine and the funkiest rendition of Hokey Pokey you ever heard. A portion of our proceeds goes toward fostering music education in New Orleans. Check out http://www.funkykidzmusic.com

    These albums are perfect for the kid in all of us!

    I'd love to send you some cds for your review and giveaways. Take a peek and listen and let me know where I can send it.