7 More Bands "Yo Gabba Gabba" Has Introduced to Your Kids

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"Yo Gabba Gabba" keeps kids rockin'. Credit: Nick Jr

A few weeks back, we made an assessment of grownup musical acts that have appear on Nick Jr's hit preschool show, "Yo Gabba Gabba." But there were so many we had to leave off the list, and many that have appeared since then, so here we present our second installment. Will this show make our kids way hipper than us by the time they reach kindergarten?

Band: The Killers

What they sang on the show: "Spaceship Adventure" -- melodic, yet grandiose rock performed as "Brendan, Ronnie, Mark and Dave" (hey, if Shiny Toy Guns weren't allowed to use their real band name on YGG, you can bet The Killers couldn't either).
Would kids dig their non-Gabba sound? Sure. Their dance-rock songs (like "Human" or even "Somebody Told Me") should be easy for kids to grab a hold of musically. Some of their more Springsteen-esque rock sagas, though (like "When You Were Young"), might have less kid appeal. And lyrics will be an issue in a bunch of these guys' songs.
If they want more, play: "Spaceman" If your kids dig "Spaceship Adventure," it's a very short leap to the catchy "Spaceman."
You might want to avoid: "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" -- the Killers taking their band name a little too literally.


Band: Jimmy Eat World
What they sang on the show: "Beautiful Day" -- No, not the U2 song, just some sunny, upbeat alt-rock.
Would kids dig their non-Gabba sound? Probably. The guitars may be too heavy on some tracks, but the driving rhythms on most of their songs make them easy tunes for little kids to bounce along to.
If they want more, play: "The Middle," a quick, catchy injection of punk-pop with a never-let-em-get-you-down message.
You might want to avoid: "Pain" -- with lines about "white pills" that "take my pain away," it's better to skip this one.

Band: The Shins
What they sang on the show: "It's OK, Try Again" -- plinky-plunky kid-pop
Would kids dig their non-Gabba sound? Quite likely. Sure, they've got some keening, ponderous tunes like the too-profound-for-kids "New Slang," but they've also got a lot of bouncier, upbeat stuff (even if the brow-furrowing lyrics make it impossible to tell if the song's supposed to be happy or sad).
If they want more, play: "Know Your Onion!" If you sit and read the words, you might think: "I think this might be a sad song." But listening to it, you'd never know.
You might want to avoid: "Kissing the Lipless" -- kids will just think that's gross.

Band: Mates of State
What they sang on the show: "No One Wants to Be Left Out" -- a rather generic rocker.
Would kids dig their non-Gabba sound? That depends on what point in the band's history you're talking about. The keyboard-heavy experimental stuff on this husband-and-wife duo's earlier CDs probably wouldn't hit as well as the kid-friendly harmonies on their latest album, "Re-arrange Us."
If they want more, play: "Jigsaw," a rousing tune with a nifty "da da da da da da" sing-along bit.
You might want to avoid: The shouty, discordant vocals of "Ha Ha."

Band: The Sounds
What they sang on the show: ???? -- The Sounds' guest spot hasn't aired yet. But it has something to do with clubhouses.
Would kids dig their non-Gabba sound? The angry-girl vocals might turn off some little kids, but the power-punk riffs and hooky choruses are undeniably catchy.
If they want more, play: "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake" – not just because it's a rockin' tune, but because its title sounds like the motto of every preschooler who watches "Yo Gabba Gabba."
You might want to avoid: "Song with a Mission." Its wickedly stick-in-your-head chorus unfortunately repeats one bit of profanity over and over.

Band: Black Kids
What they sang on the show: "What's Up, Clown?" -- a thumping, somewhat eerie club tune.
Would kids dig their non-Gabba sound? Most likely. The majority of their songs are nothing like the creepy clown tune they played on the show; most are beat-driven, up-tempo track perfect for some dancey-dancing. Lyrics can be a bit iffy, though -- check them before you hit "play."
If they want more, play: "Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)." There are some slightly suggestive lyrics, but nothing explicit, and kids should dig the cheerleader-chant chorus.
You might want to avoid: "I Wanna Be Your Limousine." The innuendo gets a little out of control on this one.

Band: The Aggrolites
What they sang on the show: "Banana" -- a wildly popular reggae number (that we got grief for leaving off of our first Yo Gabba Gabba roundup).
Would kids dig their non-Gabba sound? Absolutely. There's nothing for kids not to like in their bop-happy reggae funk.
If they want more, play: "Keep Moving On" or "Countryman Fiddle"
You might want to avoid: "Faster Bullet." The lyrics may be milder than half of what's on Top 40 radio, but for the Aggrolites, it's racy.

Related: 7 Bands "Yo Gabba Gabba" Has Introduced to Your Kids (And Whether That's a Good Thing)

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