Brats on the Beat: Ramones for Kids (Go Kart)

cd_bratsI actually thought the CD player had gotten stuck and I had been listening to the same song repeating.

 

 

 

 

Sure, there are lots of parents of young children out there who are fans of the Ramones. But does that warrant an entire CD of Ramones music re-recorded for kids? I don't really think so. Brats on the Beat: Ramones for Kids is a compilation of the band's hits redone (poorly) by the Gabba Gabba Heys and featuring a pretty impressive array of guest vocalists.

These star-studded singers are not enough to make up for the generic new versions of these classic songs. I was excited to see listed among the credits names like Jack Grisham from T.S.O.L., Gene Trautmann of Eagles of Death Metal, and Emily Wynne-Hughes from Go Betty Go. Their voices are unfortunately lost amid songs that sounded almost exactly the same. At one point on my third run through the CD while working around the house, I actually thought the CD player had gotten stuck and I had been listening to the same song repeating. The band pays little homage to the originals, especially with the addition of overpowering children's backup vocals.

I was really hyped to give a great review to a CD that is giving a portion of its proceeds to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. C'mon! Couldn't they have put a little more individuality into this for the sake of all those sick kids? Evidently not.

The ultimate test of the appeal of any children's CD, for me, are my own two boys (ages four and five). They liked the first track, "Blitzkrieg Bop," the first time through, but immediately lost interest after that and resumed their mess-making and play. If you really want to share the Ramones with your kids, skip this CD and share the real thing. It's more hip and more fun. Oh, and send a couple of bucks to St. Jude's to help them with their good work. C- | Elizabeth Feldman

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