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Monday, March 05 2012 00:37

THE BOOGERS - ROAD TO ROCK (2008, Album Review)

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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.

boogers road coverThe 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.

Bottom line?

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.

Full Tracklisting:
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
11) Mary
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

5
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

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider—a destination for all things pop culture. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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