Sippy Cups and Time Outs

…No, I’m not talking about actual sippy cups and giving your kid a “time out.” Rather, The Sippy Cups and The Time Outs are music groups who play rock songs for kids and parents –and it seems like it’s a money-maker!

J and I were walking to get some breakfast on Sunday, and at the BART station near our house, there was a freebie magazine called Bay Area Parent on display in one of those newspaper bins, and the cover caught my eye.  I grabbed a copy and read all about these groups that have carved out a lucrative niche in the parent/kid music market.  It’s not Raffi, Barney, or The Wiggles kind of crap that’s being performed. Nope. It’s a blend of classic rock songs, Go-Go dancing, and DJs spinning songs. 

The band/dance groups (i.e., The Devil-Ettes and The Time Outs) have My Space pages, and even have a trademark for their events (“Pip Squeak A Go Go â„¢ – a dance party for all ages!”).  The Sippy Cups cover Pink Floyd (“Bike”), The Kinks, a reworking of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, and even the Velvet Underground.  They tend to stay away from Top 40 songs, and play songs that work well for kids and also provide a “Wow” factor for the parents. 

Now, I’m beyond the age of humming songs heard over and over on PBS Kids, so I’m not really “in the demo” for this kind of music.  But there are some people who read this blog that have small children and would probably like to hear something other than “Baby Beluga.” Does this “Rock for kids and parents” appeal to you?



P.S. Today is my sister’s birthday.  She’s not up for a big whooo haaa, so I’ll keep the best wishes on the semi-DL. 🙂

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