Sunday, August 21, 2005

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Sings Puff

As if Bonnie 'Prince' Billy wasn't weird enough, now he's covered "Puff the Magic Dragon". Fifteen Minutes to Listen has the link. There is something creepy about BPB that is difficult to describe but adds to his mystique. And that creepiness comes through in this tune.

Apparently, it's going to be a part of a compilation of indie rockers doing children's songs Called Songs for the Young at Heart. In addition to BPB, Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian, Kurt Wagner of Lambchop, Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens and others will be contributing to it.

Rockers doing covers of kids' tunes is almost as annoying as celebrities who write children's books. In fact kids' tunes, in general, are annoying. I have two little kids and they enjoy regular "adult" music much more than the handful of kid's CDs that people have bought them. My son is three and has a playlist on my iPod which includes Al Hirt's "Green Hornet", the 5,6,7,8's "Woo Hoo", Albert King's "Watermelon Man" and The Handsome Family's "In the Air". And my 20-month-old daughter's favorite album is Pink Martini's Sympathique (in fact, she is going to kill that album for me she plays it so often). So, musicians should just stick to what they do best and leave the kid's music to Raffi.

Bonnie Prince Billy - Puff The Magic Dragon (follow the link)

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