Rating: 5 stars

Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke - Rise and Shine

​What a find!

Acquired largely by accident at the library, Rise and Shine has quickly become the most-played kid music around home. Wilde and Clarke sound like goofy Australians (in fact, goofy Aussie accents must certainly have something to do with the popularity of Australian children’s acts), but it turns out they’re located in New York, and their venture into kids’ music happened by chance (more history here).

Wilde and Clarke’s musical origins outside kid’s music results in real, clever music that just happens to be perfect for kids in terms of content and style. As Wilde says, “I found that, rather than traditional kids songs, [childen] responded most to my own quirky original tunes, so I began adapting my material for a kid audience which often entailed simply omitting curse words.”

The whole album hangs well but there are some serious stand-outs: “The Rattling Can” is easily my 18-month-old daughter’s favourite dance track – and my favourite track too, I’m not ashamed to admit – while the Ramones-esque “Favorite Names” and lumbering “18 Wheeler” will undoubtedly be stuck in your head for days.

Highly recommended. Your next tasks for today:

  1. Turn up your speakers for your toddler. Watch “The Rattling Can” live. Listen carefully for when he goes subatomic.
  2. Decide that was pretty good, so pick “I Had a Little Dog” in the related videos and enjoy the animation.
  3. Take a five-minute detour to enjoy this amazing child-appropriate Medeski, Martin & Wood animated video for “Where’s the Music.”
  4. Satiate your (toddler’s) appetite for more KW&MC with the whole album.
  5. Finally, realize this is something you need in your life, and just buy the album/board book.


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