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Music Review – Brats on the Beat: Ramones for Kids by jimmycanuck
November 7, 2006, 1:37 pm
Filed under: audio, family, links, music, reviews, shopping, youtube

No review I could write for this album could ever do it justice. As such, I’ve let my nearly two year old daughter Julia put together her own video review which you can watch above. As you can see, it’s rather danceable. 😉

In all seriousness, the reason I wanted to post this video was to show you that despite any skepticism you might have, Brats on the Beat is a fantastic addition to any child’s music library. Not only does the sound of the Ramones contain that same sort of high energy, bouncing off the walls madness that kids love, but it’s the kind of kick ass music that parents can enjoy just as much.

Containing 12 covers of classic Ramones tunes (as performed by a number of famous rockers), Brats on the Beat is surprisingly faithful to its source material despite the claims of being “kiddified.”

Rather than turning the songs into Raffi-esque nightmares, the kidification of the Ramones seems to be focused solely on some slight lyrical changes. Unfriendly lyrics like “shoot’ em in the back now” in Blitzkrieg Bop are now replaced with much safer ones. This doesn’t mean the songs have been mangled though – it’s the rare instance where a small child-friendly tweak has been made, and unless you’re listening for it chances are you won’t even notice.

The only strange decision by the producers that might call the the kid-friendly nature of the album into question is the inclusion of the song “I Just Want to have Something to Do,” about an individual who just wants to fuck to pass the time. Lyrically, there is really nothing inappropriate – a child would never in a million years figure out what the song was about. But still, it seems like a strange song to include. Considering that this is an allusion only parents would get anyway, hearing “I Just Want to have Something to Do” is about as harmful to a child as hearing Baby Bear say “Does a bear go potty in the woods?” during Elmo’s Potty Time. Still, considering the producer’s choice to include so many songs that completely avoid the possibility of uptight parent’s complaining, including this just seems like an odd choice to make.

Despite this bump in the road that might pose a problem for a small group of parents, Brats on the Beat is a solid disc full of some of the best tunes in the Ramones catalogue. Blitzkrieg Bop, California Sun – heck, even their cover of the Spiderman theme makes it in here. This is a fantastic cover album that, kid or no kid, you should have in your collection.

Also worth mentioning – by picking this album up, you won’t just be doing a favor for a kid you know. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be going to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Last month in an interview with Greg Ross, founder of Go-Kart Records, it was suggested that they may be putting together an album to benefit those with Muscular-Sclerosis in the near future. If you can make it another children’s album, Greg, my daughter will thank you. 🙂

Brats on the Beat will be available in stores and online music services on November 21st, and can be pre-ordered on the Go-Kart Records website now.

More information, including sample tracks, can be found on the official Brats on the Beat myspace page.

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OMG, that it is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I can’t believe how she loses her shit over the music – that’s awesome! I can’t wait to see her when I get home!

Comment by jenifesto

I particularly like the end when she comes up to the camera saying “CHEESE!”

Comment by jimmycanuck

[…] With the help of our good friends over at Go-Kart Records, I’m pleased to announce Flotsam/Jetsam’s first contest!  You’ve all read the review, and now we’ll be giving you the chance to win your very own copy of Brats on the Beat: Ramones For Kids.  To enter, simply submit your name and mailing address to fjcontests@gmail.com, and we’ll take care of the rest. […]

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Hanging out of Second Avenue
Eating chicken vindaloo
I just want to be with you
I just want to have something to do
Tonight, tonight, tonight,tonight,tonight,tonight
Well allright.
Tonight, tonight, tonight,tonight,tonight,tonight
Wait-Now
Wait-Now
Hanging out all by myself
Cause I don’t want to be with anybody else
I just want to be with you
I just want to have something to do
Tonight

NOT about “fucking”, what harsh language. the ramones are somethign pure, dont go fuck it up with vulgar remarks and misinterpretations

Comment by zooeyP

but otherwise, good stuff. man what a cool album. finally giving the kids something good to listen to, somethign they should be listening to. it was made for kids by kid. the ramones, they were just a bunch a kids

Comment by zooeyP

I also never heard the “f” word in “I Just Want to have Something to Do”, or even the strong implication of such activity! While the song probably is about doing the deed, how many rock n roll songs are there in existence that don’t have something to do with “sex, drugs, rock n roll” oh yeah and cars? I think it’s a fine song to include, while the title song “Beat on The Brat” might not be, for those with sticks up their you know wheres’. I’m all for it, if you have kids or babysit and have to (or possibly? even choose to) watch Cartoon Network, Nicktoons, even Disney, you’ve heard the Ramones there, so why not spread the word? Hey ho lets go!

Comment by Jeff Fike

hello, it’s good idea

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