Fairly Good Songs for Fairly Good Kids is the first Dog on Fleas CD. It's the seed from which the band was formed. First came the CD, then came the band. This CD has garnered radio airplay and fans all over the world. On it is the hit song "Underwear" that kids just go nuts for, featuring Peaches the Dog (aka Jessie Scherer). Produced and recorded by Dean Jones in his No Parking Studios in Upstate New York,the CD has lots of variety in songwriting and sounds. From the jazzy fiddle and funny wordplay on "Fruit Family" to the cool cat banter on "Dig" and the funky beat, keyboards, horns, and thoughtful lyrics of "Worms" to the latin pop of "Plenty of Cats". Add a couple of old-time fiddle and mandolin tunes, a rousing rendition of "Mama Don't Allow" (with odd solos on walkie talkies, pots and pans, star drummer Raisa St. Pierre, and a car horn ensemble!!!!), a surf tune about spiders, and a song about people from the animal's point of view, "Human Zoo", and you have a great adventure in listening for kids of all ages (until they are too cool to admit they like it, then just make sure you're not around when they listen).
The following is from a review in Chronogram Magazine:
What is that rascally Dean Jones up to now? One of New York's wackiest Renaissance people has put together an album of kids' music that brings together an eclectic group of musicians (and noisemakers) under the title Dog on Fleas.
Sampling some tracks, you find that it's a kids album that doesn't pander to children. It treats kids as sensible, thinking creatures that can make logical leaps in a song.
Take "Ain't Gravity Wonderful" for instance: "You kick a ball, it doesn't go up without gravity / without gravity you might never see that ball again / I'm a little afraid to fly / I'm kind of wary of infinite space."
It's kooky! It's zany! It almost doesn't make sense - but it does, and it allows kids to think for themselves, something the "I love you, you love me" type of marching-in-lockstep Raffi-esque material doesn't allow for.
There's something here to touch every listener's heart.
Adults will also enjoy the variety of musical genres explored here (there are touches of jazz, reggae, folk,rock) as well as shades of other musicians, from Sun Ra to NRBQ.