“Yo Gabba Gabba!” — the go-to children’s program for parents who dress their children in Radiohead T-shirts — is most certainly the coolest television show around, for kids and grown-ups alike.
Kids like it because of the bright colors, fun characters and poppy kid songs. Grown-ups like it because those poppy kid songs are sung by bands like The Shins and of Montreal.
It’s a win-win for hipster parents. They get new music to listen to from their favorite bands while setting their kids up to later realize nothing Wilco ever does will top “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.”
But beyond insuring a bright future for music snobbery, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” teaches kids values, life lessons and preschool basics. Adults can even learn a few things themselves from the show’s second soundtrack release.
Did you know Weezer’s lyrics are significantly better when they are writing a song about insects instead of anything off “Raditude” (Compare “He’s colorful and wonderful/His wings are strong and powerful/He’s a dragonfly” to “I’ll take you out to dinner at Palermo’s/We’ll split a cheese fondue”)?
Remember Hot Hot Heat? No? Anyway, they have a promising future as a children’s band, or maybe they could just stick to writing things as catchy as they do here with “Time to go Outdoors.”