When I first heard Bunny Clogs, I had flashbacks to my days at university when I’d check out independent bands in smoky little pubs.
The debut album, More! More! More!, is quite unlike any children’s music I’ve heard before. This is hardly surprising when Bunny Clogs’s front-man Adam Levy lists his influences as: Beatrix Potter, Dylan, KISS, Dr.Seuss and Hendrix.
One reviewer aptly describes the Bunny Clogs’ sound as a mix of Beastie Boys’ cool, Prince’s groove, and Flaming Lips’ wackiness – served up as kid-friendly, sweet songs. Levy himself sums it up as "Shel Silverstein-meets-Prince surreal dance fun". And there certainly is a good deal of dance beats, house and hip hop themes to get kids moving! Tracks such as Confessions of a Teenage Lima Bean, Butter, and Shpilkas are fantastically crazy.
The lyrics are often funny, yet some tracks carry a more serious message. Song for Powderhorn, for instance, is an anthem for eight-year-olds; its message may resonate with kids today in the same way that Do They Know it’s Christmas? did for me in the ’80s.
Levy’s ’60s and ’70s soul influences come through in a number of tracks including Midtown Greenway (check it out below), Olive’s Olives, Potatoes with Problems and the very beautiful Lullaby Pie 3.14.
More! More! More! by Bunny Clogs is available from iTunes for $16.99.