Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kid Stuff

Though when I saw them live in DC, Dead Man's Bones was accompanied by a rockin' gospel choir, the duty of back up vocals on their album fall to a group of kids. The result is something between Sesame Street and Children of the Corn, which is to say, pretty awesome. This got me thinking, what other songs have incorporated children and to what effect?

Radiohead - "15 Steps"
The sound of children yelling (or screaming) occurs for about a second (check the 2:13 mark) and are then swallowed up again by the rest of the song. This repeats a few times through the course of the song and has a creepy effect.

Jay Z - "Hardknock Life"
Little Orphan Annie reimagined as a cocky ghetto kid? Genius.

Kayne West - "We Don't Care"
Making kids sing about selling drugs is totally inappropriate, and fun.

M.I.A. - "Mango Pickle Down River"
Rapping has never sounded so adorable, fishing has never sounded so bad ass.

Pink Floyd - "Another Brick in the Wall"
British school children have it hard and they are getting sick of it. They want their pudding before their meat. Damn it.

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