Friday, August 04, 2006

What about the children?

If you're fans of Sandinista Project contributors Jon Langford and Sally Timms (wait, if you're not, what is wrong with you?), you may have wondered why they haven't made a children's record. Wonder no more, as evidence by this press release that just graced my inbox:



KID ROCK! CHICAGO ALL-STARS GIVE CHILDREN’S MUSIC A HIP NEW SPIN WITH THE RELEASE OF THEIR CONCEPT ALBUM, 'ANIMAL CRACKERS' IN STORES OCTOBER 24TH

JON LANGFORD & SALLY TIMMS OF THE MEKONS, KELLY HOGAN AND DEVIL IN A WOODPILE

PERFORM ORIGINAL SONGS ABOUT THE ANIMAL WORLD



These Wee Hairy Beasties -- Cyril the Karaoke Squirrel (JON LANGFORD) Marjorie the Singing Bee (KELLY HOGAN), Monkey Double Dippey (SALLY TIMMS) and the amazing musicians of DEVIL IN A WOODPILE -- firmly believe that "Kids Music" NEED! NOT! BE! UNLISTENABLE! In fact, their dance-with-ants-in-your-pants blend of back porch country blues, hippity-hop country, and wiggly old-timey swing is bound to please any child or adult -- OR any insect, amphibian, reptile, mammal or other creature within earshot.



The Wee Hairy Beasties first performed at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago -- and being under the mistaken impression they would be playing FOR the animals, they wrote all their songs about animals. But there were children and parents there too, and -- from what the Beasties could tell with their highly-tuned instincts -- the humans seemed to enjoy the show great deal and so it was agreed that a CD of this music must be concocted. The resulting buggy-bumping Beastie music on “Animal Crackers” is mostly for kids but groove-inducing for parents as well.



Thrill your thorax with the sing-a-long tunes about ducks, squirrels, flies, newts, turtles and more! Let your inner music geek marvel at the dexterous harmonica and clarinet action -- and the waterbug-graceful National steel guitar playing! Move any number of legs and warble along with The Beasties' scientifically excellent vocals! All creatures great and small will benefit from the important lessons about road safety, keeping flies off your supper, and the perils of karaoke.



The Wee Hairy Beastie’s debut album, “Animal Crackers” will be in fine stores everywhere on October 24th. The band performs at Chicago’s Millennium Park on August 14th; the October record release party will be announced soon.

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