Gimme Jimmies

The Jimmies

The Jimmies

If there was such a thing as ‘classic rock’ for kids it would most definitely include The Jimmies. I’m not sure how long bands have to play the juice-box circuit before they are considered veterans, but The Jimmies brand of music never gets tired.

If you (and of course your children) are ready to move on from nursery rhymes but not sure where to start in the world of kindie music, let me suggest The Jimmies. There is good reason why their debut album, Make Your Own Someday, made more than ten ‘Album of the Year’ lists and was voted by parents as one of the top twenty albums of the decade.

So what is all the fuss about? Basically, this band rocks in the purest, coolest kind of way. Tracks such as Bedhead and Cool to be Uncool reel me in (I was a big fan of Voice of the Beehive in the 1990s and the sound has a similar feel). Admire the storytelling lyrics of Soaper the Scaredy-Bot and the gentle tune, Taddy.

There’s loads of energy in every song and it’s the kind of album made for dancing (not winding down before bedtime). There are lots of changes in pace and rhythm from the flamenco like Spanimals to the Peanut Butter Polka and reggae inspired Huptsha Huptsha – enough to keep kids interested from beginning to end.

The Jimmies have a new album, Every Day’s a Holiday, out soon but in the meantime “do yourself a favour” and grab a copy of Make Your Own Someday. It’s at iTunes for $16.99.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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