Daddy a Go-Go

Monkey in the Middle

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The rockin' dad duo Daddy a Go-Go returns with Monkey in the Middle, another collection of playful, rowdy originals for cool kids and parents. From the honky-tonk-tinged title track to jangly songs like "Coulda Shoulda Woulda" and "You're Not the Bossa Nova Me" -- which sounds startlingly like a G-rated Reverend Horton Heat song -- Daddy a Go-Go manages to mix hip rock references and kid-friendly lyrics into a winning combination. "Birthday Song" borrows a chorus or two from the Beatles' "Birthday"; "Mommy's Lips" is a reworking of the Vaselines' classic "Molly's Lips." As much rollicking fun as it is, Monkey in the Middle's greatest strength is its refusal to condescend to either children or parents. A fine way for parents to turn their children into budding music fans, this album is completely charming for listeners of all ages.

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