Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand,” Reimagined as a Dr. Seuss Book

Image credit: DrFaustusAU

Image credit: DrFaustusAU

There are very few bands more rock and roll than Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Likewise, it doesn’t get much more kid-awesome than Dr. Suess. Mash them both together as Dr. FaustusAU has done, and you’ve got one amazingly creepy-fun rendition of Cave’s Red Right Hand.

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See the video for Red Right Hand. Get to know Nick Cave.

A big thank you to Flavorwire for sharing!

Image credit: DrFaustusAU

Image credit: DrFaustusAU

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The Internet can be the worst place, but occasionally something comes along that makes you glad that it exists — like, for instance, this Dr Seuss-style rendering of Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand.” These are the things you’d never get to see if it wasn’t for the web — they’d be in someone’s desk drawer, or something the artist’s friends laughed at in delight over drinks. Instead, the whole world can appreciate the work of one DrFaustusAU (who previously gave us a Seussian interpretation of The Call of Chthulu). This, which we discovered via Dangerous Minds, may just be his/her finest work yet. Click through and marvel at just how well it works.

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Bumpy roads, 3.5

The daily commute

The daily commute.

Commuting to daycare this morning, it was impossible to avoid the potholes. TotRock Boy navigates one on his scoot bike and proceeds to sing:

Do you want to ride in my bumpy car?

Do you want to ride on my bumpy bicycle?

Hey Guys, let’s sing about bumpy bikes!

I’m sure there’s a kid-specific song about bumps or potholes or driving in cars, but Bumper Car by Bob Log III does the trick for us. Does this song sound familiar? Yes, this song has already been covered. On this blog. My apologies.

What’s a scoot bike, you say? It’s this cute little contraption of a bike that has no pedals, just a spot to tuck your feet as you coast. Even our small town hardware store has them in stock, so they have to be getting pretty mainstream. Ours are Strider brand.

As Tot1 and Tot2 get older, there have been more spontaneous singing of songs, some that I know they haven’t heard for months. Share your music with your kids! And get them scoot bikes, they’re awesome.

Coming to a bumpy road near you. Get to know Bob Log III

Paul McCartney gives bad advice

The Beatles have been absent from this blog thus far because, let’s face it, most of their songs have already been appropriated for easy children’s listening. From daycare, my kids are just as likely to come home singing Rafi’s Baby Beluga as Yellow Submarine. Some kid appropriation can be appreciated, Sesame Street has been doing it well for decades. I’ve said it, well, once, but I’ll say it again: one generation’s anthem of degeneracy is their grandchildren’s circle time romp.

Tot Rocker: Why don’t we do it in the road by The Beatles

After doing it in the road, one may need to purchase this from the vending machine at the train station. -St. Moritz, Switzerland

I had given up featuring The Beatles on this blog until recently when I was pleasantly reminded of Why Don’t we do it in the Road. And that song is all swamp and swagger, amiright? I love thinking about it as a cautionary tale for children. In their brief few years, my kids have heard, “Get out of the road!” nothing short of 4,000 times. Why don’t we do it in the road? Well kids, there are cars that will come flying down the street and splat you like a bug. That’s why, my dearies. 

Kind: Awake Baby

Reasons it’s a Tot Rocker: this little piece of heaven is a Tot Rocker because it’s lyrics are as simple as they get, it’s easy to sing along, the subject matter is near and dear to their hearts because kids love the idea of doing anything in the road, and it’s simple and rough, in the best way possible.

Sesame Street and The Beetles:

Other Tot Rockers by The Beatles: Get Back (awake baby), Drive my Car (awake baby)

Similar Tot Rockers: All night Long by Junior Kimbrough, Do the Romp by The Black Keys

So go ahead, freak out your mother and do it in the road.

Motorcycles and Mamas

Some quality time last summer around a bike.

Some quality time last summer around a bike.

“Mama,” TotRock Girl said, “tomollow [sic] can we wash your motorcycle?” Spring might be coming along slowly, but motorcycling season is just around the corner. And a girl that wants to get her hands dirty and spend some quality time with her Mama by washing a motorcycle? It’s most assuredly the most beautiful thing I’ve heard all day. To commemorate the sacred occasion, let’s have a motorcycle themed Tot Rocker.

 Mr. Young’s more popular song about ladies riding motorcycles, Unknown Legend, came 14 years after Motorcycle Mama on the album Comes a Time (1978). I can’t think of another musician that has two songs about lady riders, so way to go, Neil. I particularly appreciate that both of these songs depict women driving motorcycles. I could go on and on about the importance of women with their own hands on the throttle, but let’s just listen to the song, shall we?

Tot Rocker: Motorcycle Mama by Neil Young:

Kind: Awake Baby

Reasons it’s a Tot Rocker: Motorcycle Mama is about subject matter kids know: mamas and motorcycles. It has a few  “ooo’s”, “oh yeah’s” sprinkled about for fun, it’s a great song, and even reinforces Mama as the preferred title for this mother (remember Don’t call me Mommy?)

A thing a beauty.

A thing of beauty.

Other Tot Rockers by Neil Young: Helpless (sleepy baby), Teach your Children (sleepy baby), Hey hey (sleepy baby)

Other Tot Rockers about motorcycles: Motobike by The Olympic Hopefuls (awake baby), Leader of the Pack by The Shangri-Las (awake baby)

If you still have a toothache from the my girl’s sweet evocation, don’t worry. Less than 5 minutes later she was crying because I hurt her feelings. By her report, I hurt them by singing along with the radio. Aaaand we’re back.

Get to know Neil Young.

Vroom. Vroom.

I went on down to New Orleans, and they all ask’d for you.

To celebrate my recent trip to New Orleans and getting to see George Porter Jr (bassist of The Meters) play live, I figure it’s high time to chronicle this great Tot Rocker. They all ask’d for you by The Meters: They all ask’d for you is light-hearted while still bringing the funk. A punster might say it’s putting the Fun in FUNK, but I’m not a punster.

It's not the Audubon Zoo, but it's the best we got.

It’s not the Audubon Zoo, but it’s the best we got.

Other Tot Rockers by The Meters: Just kissed my baby (awake baby), Hand clapping song (awake baby)