A Fake Jamaican Took Every Last Dime....
The Kidz Bop Kidz - Float On - the Kidz Bop Series has been a reliable moneymaker of a compilation for some years now featuring romper room friendly renditions of big pop hits, sung by an arsenal of young children, and occasionally some celebrity soundalike handlers helping with the choruses. The latest entry in the series, Kidz Bop 7, has entered the charts in the top 10 this past week, and features, among other tracks, a rendition of Modest Mouses Float On, one of the tracks upon which I blame this whole MusicBlogging Phenomenon of which I am a part, ever since Sean posted it on Said the Gramophone (speaking of which, Sean is back! Welcome Back Sean! Hooray!) about a year ago. The Kidz Bop version though, this is something else. The instrumentals are just a half notch off, stripped down, lightweight coverband material. But vocally... You've got an army of kids chanting most of the lyrics, and riding herd is what sounds like Isaac Brocks second grade teacher evil twin. Except, if anyone even resembling Isaac Brock started teaching in a school, I suspect there would be a few hundred parental complaints by day two. Which makes me wonder how these kids managed to make it through these sessions. Especially singing about wrecking cop cars, and fake Jamaican scams. But then, I guess, just like with Usher And Lil' Jon, all the kids will hear is YEAH!.
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Mylo - Destroy Rock & Roll - If we're going to be posting Novelty Tracks today (and we are, as you can tell), than theres none better lately than the title track of Mylo's debut, Destroy Rock & Roll - in the midst of an album of 80's pop inflected electronica (think Madonnas instrumental tracks, put front and center, with sampled vocals), is a song that celebrates all of it, while preaching it's destruction. The songs centerpiece is a vocal sample of some evangelist calling for the elimination of such stars as David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, the entire cast of Purple Rain, and more artists than I really could get into. He's right about half of 'em, I have to say. But underneath this is a killer, if repetitive little beat that just funks it's way into your brain, as our christian buddy rattles off his Enemies List incessantly. I am rapidly finding the idea of assassinating the likes of Bananarama, REO Speedwagon, and Rick Springfield more and more appealing. It's a little frightening actually. Keep me away from the guns please?
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