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Daddy A Go Go - Cool Songs For Cool Kidsdotdotdot
artworkIt had to happen! A children's record with credible surf. In this case, the surf guitar is delivered by Rip Thrillby of the Penetrators. Daddy A Go Go is the brainchild of John Boydston - guitars and vocals, supported by Walt Brewer - drums. Assisting with Harmonica is Ramblin' Jack Brantley, with offspring Jacob, Rachel, Max, Gabriel and Sarah providing backing vocals as the Daddy A Go Go Singers. Besides the five instros here, there's a passel of cool little vocal numbers about being mighty young. This is an excellent disc for kids, and even makes fun listening for adults who haven't forgotten. Like Alona Frankel's "Potty Potty," this brings grins to those who still nourish the child within.
Picks: Daddy A Go Go Theme, The Thang From Planet Twang, Chop Till You Drop, I Got My PF Flyers Workin', Glad To Be A Dad

Track by Track Review

Daddy A Go Go Theme dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a swimmingly whammified number with duplicitous tone and a good riff based melody over a "Patricia" (Perez Prado) like rhythm track. Cool sounds and good instro listening. The whammy and melody structure allow it to work within a surf framework.

The Thang From Planet Twang dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slightly spacy with sped up yakking, this great track feature the lead guitar work of Rip Thrillby (Penetrators) and Kevin Morrison. The melody is excellent and the surfability perfect. It's a mid tempo single picked number with a friendly and warm air. This infectious track will work for the longboarder as well as the crib rider.

Chop Till You Drop dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Indian chants and tom toms introduce this short riff of anticipation. It seems bound for a stronger melody, yet carries it's weight fully via effectively used Indian riffs and subtle changes. very nice little tune, shy of "Hiawatha," but definitely in the village.

I Got My PF Flyers Workin' dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Celebratin' the little things, this tasty number tonally warms your heart. It's sameness overcome by the warmth of the progression.

Glad To Be A Dad dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Glad Top Be A Dad" is a nice track. It has a solid beat and a deliberate pace that shows off the melody and playing well. The melody itself is quite memorable. I found myself humming this today while walking between buildings at work... I hate that :-}