About a month or so ago, while perusing Facebook and probably posting The Rock Father™ propaganda wherever appropriate, a message appeared to my attention from a gentleman named Crusty Booger. Little did the moisture-devoid poster know, but I was already somewhat aware of his rock prowess. Somewhere deep within the depths of Berwyn, Illinois - home to Horrorbles, Svengoolie, and the late Spire (a stack of impaled cars) is THE BOOGER PLANT - the sonic batcave of THE BOOGERS, purveyors of kid-friendly punk rock jams.
The creation of Crusty's alter-ego, Paul Crowe (Ph.D in Developmental Psychology and father of two), THE BOOGERS channel the stylings of THE RAMONES through original songs, re-worked traditional arrangements, and creative covers.
Released in 2008, ROAD TO ROCK is 20-track collection of songs that range from just 0:19 to 2:51 in length, bringing the entire affair to a close in just over 26 minutes. My 2½-year-old daughter was quick to take notice of the inclusion of a few of her favorites when Twinkle Twinkle (yep, Little Star) and the ever-popular The Wheels on the Bus popped up. Toss in a little healthy discussion of some popular foods like Peanut Butter and Bananas (thankfully, not together like Elvis dug), and there's a lot of excitement at hand.
Fish Will Fly brings Thomas the Tank Engine into the mix, and while I have some personal issues with Thomas and the Island of Sodor in general (we'll discuss that later), the Sprout-watching crowd will appreciate the mention. So far, one of the oft-repeated tracks here in our house is The ABC Song, which delivers the alphabet in just 19 seconds of foot-stomping goodness.
ROAD TO ROCK is a legitimately authentic punk rock record that kids of all ages will be thrilled to slam, pogo, and sing along with.
1) This Song is About Transportation!
2) The ABC Song
3) I'm So Glad (I Got Teeth)
4) Peanut Butter and Jelly
5) Twinkle Twinkle
6) I Like Bananas
7) Grand Old Flag
8) Um Tut Sut
9) Bah Bah Black Sheep
10) Row Yer Boat
12) Fish Will Fly
13) The Nursery Rhyme Remains the Same
14) The Itsy Bitsy Spider
15) Working on the Railroad
16) I'm So Glad (I Got Feet)
17) The Fox
18) The Nursery Rhyme Remains the Same (Big Mess Mix)
19) I Don't Need to Be Worried
20) The Wheels on the Bus
The Rock Father Rating: 5/5
THE BOOGERS' ROAD TO ROCK is available now on iTunes, or through other retailers listed on http://meet-the-boogers.com
About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters - a newborn and a three-year-old - James Zahn is The Rock Father™.
Recent 2012 projects for James have included direction and editing on music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, and others.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Kik Axe Music, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more.
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