Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 25, 2006
Artists who record hip music for kids get a lot of ink these days. One Atlanta dad helped create the genre nine years ago with a CD by the name of Cool Music for Cool Kids. Now, as he’s about to release his fifth all-ages CD Eat Every Bean and Pea on Your Plate, he finds he was ahead of his time.
When Boydston first became a stay-at-home dad in the early 1990s, mainstream children’s music revolved around Barney, Big Bird and Disney’s covers of “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” and The Hokey Pokey,” says John Boydston, aka Daddy A Go Go. He quickly adds “…not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
“But when my kids hit the wall with ‘kids’ music’ at about age three or four, we couldn’t find much they liked. Then they discovered the Beatles, which was cool with me, and I realized no one was making real rock music that was kid-specific. I started making up my own songs with those two themes in mind, and the Daddy A Go-Go concept was born. Now everybody is making hip tunes for kids, but I was clearly on to something good, and among the first-wave of settlers of this Brave New World of Kids’ Music we live in now.”
Daddy A Go Go music is known for its unusual blending of all kinds of rock and roll, including roots and punk to alternative and classic rock. The subject matter, family life as it really is, creates a ‘Ward Cleaver meets the Ramones if Allan Sherman had been in the band’ vibe. Daddy A Go Go CDs regularly win critical acclaim and make Amazon.com’s annual top 10 kids’ music picks.
“I write and record three-chord songs about the three Cs’ of my life - carpooling, coaching and cleaning,” he says. And no matter how old my kids get, as long as we are a family living in the real world, I will continue coming up with ideas for songs that I think the average family can relate to.”
Today, Boydston’s sons are getting into the act more than ever. His 14 year old son Jake plays the bass guitar, and 11 year old Max is becoming proficient at guitar, drums and keyboards – so much so that the two performed a cover of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” on the new CD, Eat Every Bean and Pea on Your Plate (due May 2nd from Boyd’s Tone Records). “That is not an easy song to drum on because it so fast,” says the proud rock and roll dad. “But Max nailed it in about three takes. I was amazed.”
Eat Every Bean and Pea on Your Plate is pure Daddy A Go Go fun, with anthemic rock and roll songs delivered with a kid-friendly spin. The first track, “It’s a Kid’s World” and songs like "Dads Who Rock" and "For Those about To Walk (We Salute You),” rock as hard as the four previous Daddy A Go Go CDs. Other songs, like "Pink Floyd Saves Hugh Manatee," offer the whimsical, quirky fun we’ve come to expect from Daddy A Go Go. Boydston explains the genesis of the double-entendre title song: “’Eat Every Bean and Pea on Your Plate’ was something my wife said at the breakfast table one day and we all cracked up. It was something she’d heard from her mother and grandmother as a child. That’s something you mentally tuck away and come back to when it’s time to write songs.”
Sometimes the songs come from sources far afield from regular kids’ fare - “Listen To The Flower People” is from the movie “This Is Spinal Tap” – something Boydston doesn’t want his kids to see until they’re at least 30. “It’s a great family friendly song. Besides I really do want to know, ‘Where have all the flower people gone?’”
This kind of good humor is par for the course with Daddy A Go Go, a fact that hasn’t gone unrecognized. Newsweek describes Daddy A Go Go’s music as “wonderfully warm and upbeat…the perfect soundtrack for washing the mini-van or just bopping around the kitchen.” The Washington Post credits Daddy a Go Go with helping change the face of kids’ music by moving “playroom tunes into the pop-rock era and leaving the childhood jingles of Barney and Disney in history's nursery.” And Billboard says Daddy A Go Go’s alterna-rock vibe “sets the band apart from the vast majority of preschool targeted children’s music.” As the New York Post succinctly comments, “this is one hip daddy!”
John Boydston lives in the Atlanta area with his wife Cory, his two sons Jake and Max, and their dogs Boomer and Hailey. There are no synthesizers on this or any Daddy A Go Go CD, only real instruments performed by real people.
CD Details: Eat Every Bean and Pea on Your Plate
Release date: May 2, 2006. SRP: $12. Available from CDBaby.com, Amazon.com and http://www.daddyagogo.com.
1) It's a Kids' World 3:43
2) For Those About To Walk, We Salute You 3:58
3) Eat Every Bean and Pea on Your Plate 2:44
4) Cryin' in The Dugout 3:42
5) Listen to the Flower People 2:22
6) Blitzkrieg Bop (Kids' Beat Bop) 1:57
7) Hang Up and Drive 3:41
8) To Sir with Love (instrumental) 2:26
9) Pink Floyd Saved Hugh Manatee 4:10
10) Irritation Man 3:00
11) Dads Who Rock 3:06
12) I Never Twang for My Father (instrumental) 2:08
13) The Guy Who Couldn't Make a Rhyme 6:26