Don't let the name fool you into thinking this is
just another Barney or The Wiggles. Caspar Babypants
has all the irreverant genius of Chris Ballew, front man and Grammy
nominated songwriter for four times platinum rock band, The
Presidents of the United States of America. ChiIL
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and this CD is a great one.
We've rocked out to The Presidents of the United
States since BC--before children--way back in
1995. And those songs still live in infamy on the ipod.
We actually have a little blue dune buggy (69 VW dune buggy)
and an abiding love of peaches, 80's punk covers, witty word play,
and quirky innuendos.
We've always introduced our kids to a wide range of musical styles
and artists, and not censored much. Music is music and
there's so much great stuff out there that we don't limit the kids
to stamped and approved "kids' music". But sometimes that
method comes back to bite you in the butt! If the sound of
your littles belting out "I can't get your body out of my mind"
leaves you a little green around the gills, but you don't want to
sacrifice clever lyrics that make you chuckle when you're stressed
out and running late, here's a kid disc you've gotta have.
Sagezilla and Du-Jay both enjoyed this 20 tune disc, despite being
well beyond babyhood. A number of songs that include the
word baby like "All You Pretty Babies", Baby's Getting Up", "Bounce
Your Baby", and "Baby And The Animals" may be off putting to
slightly older kids who consider themselves more grown up than
that. Chris Ballew does seem to have the preschool "swing
set" in mind here. That said, this disc is not babyish or
condescending and these are some good, fun tunes that all ages can
sing and dance to.
My kids grew up on Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, so they were excited to
recognize "Sliver" on This is
Fun! Chris Ballew doesn't just cover it--he's
actually got Krist Novoselic from Nirvana on bass!
Stone Gossard, rhythm guitarist of Pearl Jam says, "Caspar
Babypants isn't music just for kids. It's fantastically
hooky, cool, authentic pop."
Ballew's goal is to reduce stress in everyday family life.
He says, "I'm very serious about making something to help the world
relax and help parents take time to sing with their kids and enjoy
music together. I work with a number of non-profit groups
that focus on early childhood education and parent education and
provide assistance to homeless and low-income families. If I
can make songs that lighten the load for someone under stress or
get a family singing, then I am doing what I was put here to
Ballew has succeeded in making some seriously silly songs that will
have families relaxing, dancing and laughing together.
Caspar Babypants is Chris
Ballew, lead singer and Grammy®-nominated
songwriter for the four-times platinum rock and roll
band The Presidents of the
United States of America. As Caspar
Babypants, however, Ballew's focus is on music for kids
and families. The 2009 debut Caspar
Babypants album HERE I
AM! was named the #1 Album of the
Year by Warren Truitt on Kids' Music That
Rocks and was also included on
the Zooglobble list of "My Favorite Kids'
and Family Albums of 2009." Later in 2009
the second Caspar
Babypants CD MORE
PLEASE! was chosen among
the Best of the Year by Cool
as Caspar Babypants is a master
storyteller, and the very intelligent, compelling music he creates
never gets in the way of the "story line" of the
song. The third Caspar Babypants
album - set for release on November 2 -
is THIS IS FUN! It's filled
with great stories dressed up as songs, providing families with a
wonderful listening experience that's at once classic and
contemporary, drawing as much from traditional American folk and
bluegrass tunes and African American spirituals as it does from The
Presidents of the United States of America and Nirvana. The album's
twenty songs are straightforward, yet quirky; edgy yet friendly,
set in musical styles ranging from the hard-driving shuffle of
"Speedy Centipede" to the country stylings of "All You Pretty
Babies" and "The Cuckoo" to the sweet goofiness of "Googly Eyes."
Special guests on THIS IS FUN!
Novoselic from Nirvana playing
bass on the Nirvana song "Sliver," as well as contributions by
preeminent children's musicians Elizabeth
Mitchell on the duet "Dark of Night"
and Charlie Hope on the timeless folk
song "Mister Rabbit."
Chris Ballew made a conscious decision to limit his time rocking
out with The Presidents and devote most of his energy to working
with kids and families. He's on a mission to use his music to
help lessen the stress of everyday family life.
ALBUM OF 2009: HERE I AM! This is modern folk
music at its best, and some of these tunes are destined to become
classics. Chris Ballew, of the indie rock band The Presidents of
the United States of America, delivers a debut children's album
that's full of witty, wordy, silly, gentle, quietly acoustic new
- Warren Truitt, Kids' Music That
"MY FAVORITE KIDS' AND FAMILY ALBUMS OF 2009:
"BEST OF 2009: MORE PLEASE! I'm
betting Caspar Babypants will be a household name soon enough,
especially with his second CD following on the heels of his
much-loved debut, HERE I AM! ... But what
I really love are his slightly twisted lyrics, which he's honed for
years as the front man of the Presidents of the United States of
America (remember 'Lump'?). MORE PLEASE! is
made of the same oddball stuff sprinkled with kid-friendly
- Christina Refford, Cool Mom
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
See more of Bonnie's stories here.
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