KidTunes: Why can’t I go to Kidtopia - Page 2
“Hole in the Bucket “ is a charming, circular song, but--really--what can you do with “Hole in the Bucket”? Listen to Ham and Burger’s version and you will hear a totally new song. What can you do with “On Top of Spaghetti”? I don’t know what you can do, but I know that Ham and Burger’s rendition is hilarious. (And you can never go wrong with “10 Little Monkeys”--I hope.)
One of the delights of Kidtopia is that old songs are not just updated musically, they are given an entire new sensibility, bringing them into the 21st century. The title song, like “The Good Ship Lollypop,” describes a world that kids can’t resist--a world where you can run around in your underwear, roll in the grass, fly kites, watch TV and stay up late, row boats, and eat cake for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With irrepressible lyrics and a driving beat, it’s a rockin’ daydream. “Tongue Twistin’” challenges kids to wrap their mouths and minds around some classic tongue twisters, one of which I couldn’t even think five times fast (“red leather, yellow leather”).
“Ham’s Lament” is a very funny ballad about bedtime, “Dance Machine” introduces the coolest robot ever, and “Stinky Feet”...uh...you can figure that one out. “Baila!” is a musical Spanish lesson, and the guys have their own take on Simon Says, “Burger Says (Ham Says).”
Kidtopia is available on CD or as an MP3 download. The songs are bright, funky, witty, fun, and so not lame. Kids will definitely not want to snooze to this one, and when they start dancing (or jumping) around, their parents will want to join them.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Kidtopia? Yes--it makes me happy!