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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Nine Of The Most Unexpected Crossovers Into Kids Music

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 7:00 AM


Amidst the flash, bang, and noise of summer movies, there's "Winnie the Pooh", a quiet and relatively bombast-free film that picks up where the 1966 classic left off.

The one difference: hipster queen Zooey Deschanel lends her delightful vocals to the soundtrack, including the beloved theme song and several new songs.

9. "So Long" by Zooey Deschanel,"Winnie the Pooh" soundtrack

See? Delightful!

Deschanel's sweetness might not make her a surprising candidate for the kids music market. Not like some of these other artists.

8. "Mahna Mahna" by Cake, For the Kids compilation Still think that the original members of Jim Henson's studio weren't completely stoned when they developed Muppets? Check out how seamlessly Cake covers one of their early songs. Stoner bliss.

7. "Nasty Dan" by Johnny Cash, Sesame Street Lots of musicians have graced the "Sesame Street" set in the last four decades, reworking their songs into kid-friendly, educational ditties. Cash went one better, of course. He released a full album of kids tunes in the early '70s, when his son was a wee one.

6. "All Around the Kitchen" by Dan Zanes, Family Band album Some parents of today's young'uns might be young and hip enough to remember the Del Fuegos. The 1980s Boston garage band crept up from the underground for a few modern rock hits ("I Still Want You" and "Move With Me Sister") and a beer commercial. These days, lead singer Dan Zanes makes "family music" - folky tunes that kids love that won't make parents want to shoot the speakers.

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