Gimme an “oi!” for punk music for kids

Candy Band High Five kids' music CDThe next person who simpers that kids’ music is just too watered down to really rock is getting locked inside my minivan with the Candy Band’s new CD turned up until they cry uncle.

Because there is nothing wishy washy about these four motor-city mamas whose ability to do punk for kids is so much fun, I’d lock myself in the minivan willingly. 

High Five is Candy Band’s fifth CD  and it makes clear that this foursome is still rocking as hard as their last CD, 2007’s Calling All Kids. I love that I can play the kind of aggressive music I prefer around the kids without having to explain four-letter words.

I can even forgive the band for making such catchy choruses that I once found myself singing “I’m a monkey!” in the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru, forgetting that they could hear me. Hey, at least I can say that Eminem’s keyboardest, Luis Resto, likes them so much, he joined the CD for a few songs too. Now that is some street cred.

High Five includes a mix of original songs and covers, like the most awesome version of Godzilla/Iron Man that has me reliving my classic-rock days when my hair was much bigger. And only Candy Band could successfully pair Green Day with It’s Raining It’s Pouring on the appropriately named It’s Raining Green.

As if to prove they can make anything cool, the band closes their CD with a rocking Ode To Joy, with lyrics. In German. Sehr Gut. -Christina


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


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