How long before Peppa Pig and The Wiggles take over?
I’m dreading it.
We went away for a weekend recently and just as an experiment I thought I’d do the noble father thing of putting on some kid’s music for Theo in the back seat. In hindsight this was a ridiculous thought – given he’s eight weeks old. But, you know, in the name of parenthood I gave it a go and asked Katie to put The Wiggles on Spotify.
I tried three songs, all for about 30 seconds each. The final straw came when the lyrics turned from ‘mashed potato’ to ‘mashed banana’… I turned around and noticed that Theo looked about as interested as I was. Great.
On went the White Album by The Beatles. An album featuring The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, Rocky Racoon, Piggies, Everybody’s got Something to Hide except for me and my Monkey and Blackbird. Just look at those titles! They’re all practically kids’ songs.
The fact the biggest band of all time managed to sing about tigers, pigs, racoons, elephants and monkeys and get away it – not only that, be universally LOVED for it still amazes me. Those boys were something else.
Who else could do that these days?
OK, probably the Bloody Wiggles.
Listening to music is one of the things I enjoy doing most with Theo – so far we’ve danced (well, he’s had his arms pulled around enthusiastically by me) to The Beatles, Radiohead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bon Iver, Pavement and Oasis.
Long may this continue – but I’m slightly terrified it won’t.
PS Given I sold around 500 records in my life and last year members of The Wiggles made $28 million does not make me bitter. At all. I’m off to write some kids’ songs.