Stan Ridgway and Pietra Wexstun | Silly Songs for Kids, Vol. 1-LP

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Silly Songs for Kids, Vol. 1-LP

by Stan Ridgway and Pietra Wexstun

Brand New 16 song CD. Stan Ridgway (Wall of Voodoo), and Pietra Wexstun (Hecate's Angels) throw a sing along party with their funny, furry friends in a land of make-believe. For kids of ALL ages. A magical, musical journey for the entire family to enjoy.
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1. Bring It On in the House Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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2. Spider's Web Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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3. The Sing Along Song Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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4. Root Beer Pond Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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5. Wondered What'd It Be Like Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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6. Mountain Top Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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7. Jackie's Pixie Garden Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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8. Mr. Moon Man Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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9. Baby Ro-ro's Owl Ride Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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10. Kooky's Cuckoo Clock Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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11. Feelin' So Lazy Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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12. Ice Cream Octopus Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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13. Leprechaun Cave of Candy Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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14. Tale of the Sea Witch Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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15. High On a Mountain Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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16. Bye Bye Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun
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For kids of ALL ages! Jump on board everyone and take a trip to an imaginary land! Stan Ridgway (Wall of Voodoo), and Pietra Wexstun (Hecate's Angels) throw a sing along party with their funny, furry friends in a faraway land. A friendly place too. Where smiling fat green frogs sing songs with swarms of little buzzing flies in a land of make - believe. gee. It's FUN like you've never had! We promise.

Say Stan and Pietra, "With lots of of nieces and nephews around, we are always making up songs for them when we get together and well, things just happen. Childish and silly? We hope so. I guess you could say we are exploring a new frontier. This collection includes our friends Ralph Carney on horns, Rick King on the slide guitar and a few other folks, real and imagined, as well. And the cover is by our friend Mark Ryden. Hope you all enjoy singing along!"

Yes - A magical, musical place where talking tiny beetle bugs ride on the backs of happy backyard pixies.

Where sad wooden dummies laugh out loud with soft and friendly dopey dogs.

Where small cuddly spiders walk sideways smiling on blades of grass and then just go home to bed.

Where... well - you get the idea. Fun and frolic for the entire family!

Along with Stan Ridgway on guitar, banjo, harmonica and vocals, and Pietra Wexstun on keyboards, autoharp and vocals are special guest musicians Ralph Carney on woodwinds and flutes (CarneyBall Johnson, Tom Waits), Rick King on slide guitar and bass ( Drywall, Bees vs. Moths), Lil' Beetle and Big Beetle on fiddle and vocals, Dr. Jackie Teak Lazar on sandpaper and complaints The album artwork is by Mark Ryden.

A cast of thousands! This is "Silly Songs For Kids - Volume One"! More to come so collect them all.

http://www.stanridgway.com

http://www.hecatesangels.com

http://www.myspace.com/ralphcarney

http://www.markryden.com

Mastered for the know universe by
DS @ Mulholland Music

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A Review from "Revenge of The 80's " website:
http://www.revengeofthe80sradio.com/?p=302

One of the world’s most original and creative musical couples recently introduced their newest album, and it is aimed at listeners who think Wall of Voodoo is something that Hecate’s Angels once used to decorate a Drywall Project. While one never knows what to expect from longtime musical partners Stan Ridgway and Peitra Wexstun, Silly Songs For Kids: Volume 1 may not have come from the proverbial “left field” as one might suppose; it was only recently that the vocalist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire released a musically superb standards album: The Way I Feel Today (Crooning the Classics). Should children be deprived of what other generations are enjoying?

Established artists who sing tunes aimed at the younger set tend to mellow down their music, losing the very elements that endeared them to fans in the first place. The results of such works are inevitably hollow and offer the impression that the performer(s) in question are being sung down to. This kind of music is invariably accompanied by what it known as the “Disney keyboard sound” — the mellow safe electronic piano backup that we children of the 1980s had become all too familiar with thanks to songs like “Somewhere Out There” from the movie An American Tail, the vast majority of “boy-band ballads” and loads of Celine Dion songs. That kind of sound is not found on Silly Songs For Kids, Volume 1.

Ridgway and Wexstun take the approach that music directed to children can also be enjoyed and sung along to by adults while still charming the young ones. The duo lead off the CD with the impressively bluegrass/jug band reminiscent “Bring It On In the House.” Ridgway plucks away at the banjo as he sings the happy tune about taking a car ride to someone’s house. He and the rest of the band seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves even though they might have dropped their cake twice according to the lyrics. Ridgway, Wexstun and the rest of the band, which includes Drywall partner Rick King (slide guitar, bass), Ralph Carney (woodwinds) and the zany “Teak” Lazar (credited: sandpaper, complaints), treat youngsters to high quality but kid-friendly music that takes a cue from recent trends in family movies that purposely appeal to both adults and children alike.

Ridgway and Wexstum switch vocal parts in the quirky “Sing Along Song,” which could also be titled: ‘Fun With the Voice Synth and Ducky Impersonations,” “Mountain Top” and the strange-but-whimsical “Jackie’s Pixie Garden.” The latter two might inadvertently be interesting endorsements for breathing helium, but truly are geared to appeal to a child’s sense of wonder and fantasy. For another track, “Spider’s Web,” woodwinds master Ralph Carney ( CarneyBall Johnson, Tom Waits) is guest while Ridgway employs an eerie tone over a prominent bass, piano and muted trumpet arrangement reminiscent of 1920s jazz. After more tracks of fun on the 16 track CD, Ridgway sings the calming lullaby “Mr. Moon Man,” an ode to the Earth’s natural satellite on a cloudy evening The songs may be silly, but not campy and patronizing as much of today’s music for kids womds up becoming. Silly Songs For Kids, Volume 1 is ripe with the classic Ridgway sound and storytelling that his fans have coem to know as well as splendid musicianhip all around from him, Wextun and the band.

One should not be put off from listening to this album by its title. Though the CD is really aimed at children, this well-performed LP should ideally be considered more a masterpiece built for the next generation of Stan Ridgway fans. While parents would do well to have Silly Songs in their library, those without small children around will also enjoy this enchantful offering from Ridgway and Wexstum.
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Jim Nelson

Silly Songs
This is a wonderful album for children and adults alike with some truly standout songs (Mr. Moon Man and Mountain Top are particularly good). As Pascale said in a review above, I wish the "chipmunk voices" had been left out because the songs are compelling and entertaining without that additional touch. However, this is an excellent album from the Mark Ryden cover right through to the last song. Ridgway and Wexstun never fail to amaze!

Monte Smith

Silly Songs For Kids Vol 1
What a wonderful surprise finding this great collection expanded to 16 songs! Best party record ever! Stan, when you play Phoenix in July I'll be the guy yelling out requests from this album. Here's hoping you will oblige.

Pascale Steig

Silly Songs for Kids Vol 1
A mostly fun CD (gosh, the Spider Song is a riot!).
If there is one criticism to be made, -and it's a big one-, this listener wishes that the annoying "chipmunk" singing voices had been omitted and just plain real voices were singing the fine ballads that make up this overall cool album.

James Islington

Silly Songs
These may be silly songs but never just plain stupid like some kid's records can be. The music and songs really paint a picture. I'm waiting for the DVD and pop up book! Fantastic!

harold harris and family

YOU and YOUR KIDS NEED THIS NOW!
BRAVO! A total HOME-RUN! Sat down with the kids with this new one from Stan and Pietra and the kids just stared like statues for a minute. THEN! they actually started talking to me. AND looking me right in the eye. I could not believe it! THANK YOU Stan and Pietra for bringing our family finally together with this new CD. Your warm and wonderful vocals along with all the characters make a truly "make believe" land for the whole family. And the music is absolutely GREAT ! Thanks again for making this. Vol. 2 ? We need more like this !

Francesca Morgan

Silly,Strange,and Wonderful
I love this CD! Ridgway and Wexstun create this wonderfully imaginative world of singing frogs and dancing pixies that reminds me of some of the great stuff my friends and I grew up with like Soupy Sales, Captain Kangaroo, and Rocky and Bullwinkle. And Mark Ryden's cover art is a great.