This Texas summer, as you all know, was intensely hot. Aside from our vacation to South Padre, we really didn’t spend any time outside, for fear of heat stroke, or just drying up like a contact lens left on a counter top. Really was anyone’s guess what would happen to you first if you spent too much time out there. So we spent the majority of the summer inside,all piled on the couch in the living area watching Tv. Or rather, letting the tv babysit while mommy took care of the baby, or cleaned the house, or tried to find other ways to suppress the overwhelming boredom that comes with staying indoors for weeks on end.
Obviously, this didn’t bother Deven. He watched Toy Story 3 and Cars thousands of times, and memorized just about every word from those movies so that he could get get his action figures and reenact his favorite moments. He also watched hours and hours of the same 3 Yo! Gabba Gabba dvds. He watched them so many times, mommy began to feel sick every time certain segments would begin. And then Netflix put up Yo! Gabba Gabba for instant viewing , which expanded our selection of episodes quite a bit, and helped with the queasiness. Of course, we watched all of those a few dozen times, and now I am right back to feeling queasy every time I hear “Jumpy Jump Jump.”
It really isn’t that bad. Yo Gabba Gabba is made to be entertaining to kids as young as one year old without driving the parents completely insane. The show is made to be a sort-of throw back to kids shows from the seventies, to give older parents (haha, OLDER PARENTS. BORN IN THE SEVENTIES. THATS OLD.) a sense of nostalgia. The music they use in the show is modeled after modern hip-hop as well as music from the 80′s (for us less-older parents.) But, even thats not enough to keep parents from losing their shit eventually, so they’ve incorporated the Super Music Friend Show, where they invite indie and even popular bands to perform kid-friendly songs.
This has totally saved my sanity. When the right song comes on, I drop whatever it is I am doing so I can jam out along with my kid. I’ve even discovered bands through this show. What other kids shows do you know of allow you that much, parents?
For those of you who have never seen Yo! Gabba Gabba, or for those of you standing next to you tv with a baseball bat in hand, I present my Top 5 Yo! Gabba Gabba SMFS clips.
1. Chromeo: “Nice and Clean”
This clip is single-handedly responsible for my current Chromeo obsession. It’s a dorky hipster with a guitar, and a guy with a keyboard and a talkbox making incredibly funky 80′s electro music. I challenge you to hand over something cooler.
2. The Roots: “Lovely Love My Family”
COME ON. IT’S THE ROOTS.
3. Shiny Toy Guns: “House of Spooks”
There are 2 things about this clip I LOVE: how excited Tony the Tiger on Drums seems to be, and the fact that I can’t tell if they painted that guy’s face yellow to match the banana costume, or if he just has a bad case of jaundice.
4. Of Montreal: “Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast”
I love how cool the lead singer is, as well as how obvious it is that no one is actually playing their instruments.
5. The Salteens: “I’m So Happy”
This song is so catchy and cute, I actually feel happier after listening to it.
Jimmy Eat World “Beautiful Day”
You know I couldn’t talk about my kid’s favorite show without asking him what he thinks. Deven actually runs around the house singing “It’s a beautiful day, you’re my best fwend, and I love you…” He also insists on us talking about how the guys are standing on doggies and kitties every time we watch it.
There you have it. It was really hard to narrow the list down to 5 songs. I almost had to make a second list. And they keep making new episodes, so I am sure eventually I will have to make a second list.