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Watering down music for kids?

I was amused, and then annoyed to learn that there is now a ‘kid friendly’ cd with Ramones tracks called Brats on the Beat: Ramones for Kids. Coming out in November on Go-Kart Records, it, “…lets 12 punk and hard-rock veterans get their Raffi on and recreate classic Ramones songs in a kid-friendly format.” So the lineup of artists covering them seem cool enough, it will expose kids to one of the best rock bands ever, which is fantastic, but my beef is, why? Why water down something as classic and series. For those that haven’t seen the commercials, Kidz Bop, “features newly recorded, kid-sung, and “kid friendly” versions of best-selling hit songs.” I don’t consider myself too much of a fuddy-duddy, but I’d much rather my kids listen to The Ramones singing “I wanna be sedated” or “Beat on the brat with a baseball bat” than some inappropriate Kidz Bop song. Examples and more commentary after the jump.

For example, check out they lyrics from the song All I have, found on Kidz Bop Volume 10:

The nights I waited up for you (Oh, boy) Promises you made about comin’ through So much time you wasted That’s why I had to replace you Uh, uh, uh It makes a cat nervous, the thought of settlin’ down Especially me, I was creepin’ all over town I thought my tender touch could lock you down I knew I had you, as cocky as it sounds That’s the way you used to giggle right before I put it down It’s better when you angry, come here, I’ll prove it now, come here Stop playin, you gamin’ I gotta leave you alone ‘Cause I’m good holdin’ my spot (Stop actin’ like that) And I’m good reppin’ the girls on the block

Again, to some I’ll come across as the “You kids get outta my yard” guy, but the the heck is that? How is this appropriate for kids? The respected site, Parents Center, reviews a Kidz Bop cd and states, “_This misguided _CD sells very well because it isn’t saccharine sweet and , not some watered down, Kidz Jams foolishness, when they’re ready for it. So,what’s next, reworking classic art to have less nudity and more nursery friendly colors? Come on, protect your kids from R-rated movies, monitor online usage and have them wear sweaters when it’s cold out, but don’t filter music and art for them; filters are for coffee makers. Either they’re ready for it or they’re not: so just say NO to any homogenization of any kind of art. After all, as Joey said over 30 years ago, “There no stopping the ki__ds from hopping!”, so why try? _