Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide Day 1 - The Dirty Socks Come Clean: A CD Review

NEW YORK -- They're back!  That wild Technicolor musical adventure known as The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is poised to hit the ground running with the October release of their all-new CD, The Dirty Socks Come Clean, featuring kids' music luminary Laurie Berkner as special guest. 

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band burst onto the national scene when hits "Dino-Soaring," "Music Everywhere," and "No Good Reason Party" aired as music videos on Nick Jr.'s Jack's Big Music Show, demonstrating a fun, musically intelligent, and rocking side of the kids' music scene that few had experienced before.  The band's high energy, thoroughly irresistible music has literally circled the globe through live performances at U.S. Navy bases in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, along with wildly acclaimed outings from coast to coast in the U.S.

The Dirty Socks Come Clean gives kids the grooves to get them dancing, the stories to keep them listening, and a host of outrageous characters, with humor that's wild and crazy but never cloying.  The stunning impact of the band's energy is balanced by the cleverness of its compositions and the smartness of lyrics that offer large words and large ideas.  For parents, the songs are just plain good rock music, filled with hip, witty references and absolutely superb musicality.

Inhabiting a world where anything can happen, The Dirty Socks Come Clean runs an extraordinary gamut of musical styles, from "We're in Love," a bit of laid-back 1930s swing where kids' music superstar Laurie Berkner fronts the band with a "pitch perfect" girl singer lead, to the steel pan-drenched Caribbean calypso rhythms of Soca in the humorous "Garbage Bugs," to "I'm Hungry," where Eastern European flavors of gypsy and klezmer blend in a tantalizing dish of zany wordplay.  "Hold of the Sun" offers driving vocals (with a tip of the hat to The Beatles) and a hot Stratocaster-type guitar solo, while the African-flavored "Danceology" offers an even hotter horn line that sizzles with pure dance music fever. The Dirty Socks Come Clean balances these energy blasts with several tender and heartfelt ballads like "Mama's Song," co-written by Chris Barron of Spin Doctors.

Known as the highest energy kids' rock band ever to break out of NYC,The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is an outgrowth of Kids Creative, a tremendously successful, non-profit rock 'n' roll peace education program for NYC kids in which, among other activities, schoolchildren write and perform original rock 'n' roll musicals.  Since the establishment of Kids Creative in 2000, enthusiastic parents had been urging co-founders, brothers Stephen and Adam Jacobs, to make available to the general public the music they'd been writing for and with the kids.  Notes Adam Jacobs, "We were writing music for our Kids Creative classes and distributing as many as six albums to families every year.  We needed a name for the band in order to release our first album, The Search and Rescue of Genius Backpack, and Stephen came up with 'The Dirty Sock Funtime Band.'  We played our first live show in March 2004, and the rest is history."


  1. The Dirty Socks Come Clean
  2. Garbage Bugs
  3. Hold Of The Sun
  4. National Hiccup Day
  5. Lenny The Cat
  6. We're In Love
  7. I'm Hungry
  8. Mama's Song
  9. Anybody Got A Watch
  10. Monster's Lullyby
  11. Danceology
  12. Cheese World
  13. Waking Up
  14. Robots From The 4th Dimension
  15. Kitty Kat Yea
  16. Mystical Science Librarian
  17. Start Of The End
  18. The Dirty Socks Come Clean (Reprise)

My Review:

Do you have music loving children in your life?

Then look no further than this fun gift idea for this upcoming Christmas shopping season! 

This CD has a little bit of every genre of music, making it the perfect idea for all music lovers in your life, both young and old! I found myself singing along to most songs, and dancing to all of them. It has been a fun addition to our family CD collection, and also one that I have loved using in my home day care. Not only are the lyrics fun, and musical tracks pleasing to the year but the narratives between songs, and within, are also pleasant.

 You will laugh and giggle as you move and groove to the fun sounds of The Dirty Sock Funtime Band. I known my family and I did for sure. Our favorite tracks included Monster Lullaby, National Hiccup Day, Dancelogy, and Garbage Bugs.

I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Dirty Socks Come Clean online through the Dirty Socks official website. 

***I received a complimentary copy of this CD, courtesy of Waldmania PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. so glad to see this review; never heard of this before but sounds wonderful for young ones