Kabát and the kids

Child-centered music isn’t the only type of music I listen to, but sometimes I run across children in music when I’m not even trying.

One of these times happened when I got into the Czech band Kabát.  They’re rockers with a bit of country and blues influence who have been playing since 1983 who have a sense of fun and whimsy to their songs.  On two of their albums they collaborated with the children of the Ventilky choir.

On the album Go Satane Go, they did the vocals for the opening track, “Sníh padá sníh” (Snow is Falling).  It’s a gentle, folksy song that leads into the title track.

My favorite, however, is the MegaHu track “Učitel” (Teacher), a more rockin’ song in which the kids sing the chorus with the band’s vocalists joining in at various points.  And, although they don’t exactly “sing,” they still contribute to the title track “MegaHu.”

Finding children’s voices in unexpected voices is always fun, and I’m always excited when it happens.  Even without the kids, Kabát is a great band that I recommend to those who need some rock in their life.

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Vienna Boys Choir – Placido Domingo and the Vienna Choir Boys

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Title: Placido Domingo and the Vienna Choir Boys
Artist: Vienna Boys Choir
Year: 1979
Genre: Choral
Type: Mixed age

Some more classics for y’all.  This time the Vienna Boys Choir teams up with famous Spanish tenor Placido Domingo.  There is a bit more “Domingo” rather than “Choir,” but there’s still plenty of choice moments where those beautiful boys belt out some beautiful notes.  Check the second half of most of the songs to find the boys singing.

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Die Augsburger Domsingknaben – Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen

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Title: Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen
Artist: Die Augsburger Domsingknaben
Year: 1981
Genre: Choral
Type: Boys only

I’m not dead!  My new job plus school has had me busy, so there hasn’t been much time to rip or upload any music.

It’s been a hot summer, so why not cool down with some German holiday classics sung by talented boys and young men?  And what good timing, since their official YouTube seems to have just gone on a big uploading spree.

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Masterwork – Bad Power

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Title: Bad Power
Artist: Masterwork
Year: 1990
Genre: Metal
Type: Boys only

The boys featured on this album are a bit older than most of my normal fare, but I had to share this fantastic single!  With a 13-year old drummer, 15-year old guitarist, and 16-year old bassist/vocalist, these Finnish guys tackle two semi-thrash, semi-power metal tracks that take a bit of an early Metallica shine.

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X-Cetra – Stardust

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Title: Stardust
Artist: X-Cetra
Year: 2000
Genre: Pop
Type: Girls only

Produced by Robin O’Brien and with minimal electric backing music by Achim Treu, this middle school girl pop project is endearing as it straddles the line between sincere and cringe-inducing.  With topics like boys and how much fun they’re gonna have during summer, the lyrics add a lot to the charm.  My favorite song is probably “Another Girl,” with its infectiously silly chorus.

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Swarnim School students – Children’s Songs Vol. 1

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Title: Children’s Songs Vol. 1
Artist: Swarnim School students
Year: Unknown (1980s)
Genre: Folk
Type: Mixed gender

A treat from a former student of Kathmandu’s Swarnim School.  This collection of English and Nepali songs is performed by a class of students, with the music done by the music teacher Raamesh Shrestha.  The children’s smiles on the cassette’s cover translates quite well over into their voices.

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Skullbusters – Our Blow Out! compilation tracks

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Title: Our Blow Out!
Artist: Skulbusters
Year: 1983
Genre: Punk
Type: Boys only

Been awhile since I posted any boy punk, so here are the two tracks that Skullbusters contributed to the Our Blow Out! compilation from Slow Death Cassettes.

Skullbusters was a San Diego band, headed by Paul Lima when he was about 9 years old.  Other than these two songs, they don’t seem to have recorded anything else to vinyl or cassette.  “Rat Race” is the fast-paced, high energy track, while “No Comment” is content to plod along at its own pace before hitting a climax.  Of the two, I’d say my favorite is “Rat Race” since it shows off Paul’s vocals a bit more.

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