Need more songs like Rad Moves!
July 26, 2010 8:48 PM   Subscribe

What non-kid music inspired this Backyardigans song?

I've been listening to the song "Rad Moves" by the Backyardigans with my three-year-old, and it's really grown on me. Given the surf theme of the episode it appeared in, I tried to find some sax-heavy surf rock. It's not the same. So, does anyone know the specific genre of this song, and what bands inspired it? Or is this just highly original and awesome?
posted by hammurderer to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have an album called African Ambience - The Ultimate African Dance Party and this has similar beats and feeling to that. You can listen to samples and see what you think.
posted by jessamyn at 8:55 PM on July 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

Sounds a lot like the Meters, although I don't think it's them on that track. Try this and this as indicative of the Meters' sound.
posted by holterbarbour at 9:02 PM on July 26, 2010

Fela Kuti
posted by phrontist at 11:21 PM on July 26, 2010 [4 favorites]

(The genre is Afrobeat)
posted by phrontist at 11:23 PM on July 26, 2010

Best answer: Oh, and they're ripping off Army Arrangement specifically.
posted by phrontist at 11:25 PM on July 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

If I was ripping off 'Army Arrangement' for a kids show, I'd be sure to use the slightly dancier Bill Laswell edit (Celluloid 6109), with the added keyboard overdubs and stuff.
posted by box at 4:43 AM on July 27, 2010

Best answer: You may find this helpful.

Says the style is Afrobeat.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 5:06 AM on July 27, 2010

Here's a little Backyardigans trivia - the composer for most of the songs is Evan Lurie, brother to John Lurie (jazz musician and sometime fisherman). Also many of the musicians are NYC jazz musicians, a couple of who played on some Tom waits albums. Evan Lurie also composed the music for Oswald. I have to say I love the Backyardigans for exposing kids to all different kinds of music!
posted by kittyloop at 6:46 AM on July 27, 2010

I did a couple of storyboard for that show. I liked the way the music and the story were just mashed together. For example, the cowboy story had a bollywood soundtrack.
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:39 AM on July 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

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