Before we saw The Verve Pipe
at Kidzapalooza this past summer, they
weren't really on our radar. Sure, we'd heard their
hit, The Freshman, but we weren't expecting
such a funky, fun transition when they made their foray into the
world of kid friendly rock. I am impressed.
This album is a keeper--one of Sagezilla and Du-Jay's absolute favorites. Wake Up makes those early, cranky, school daze moments less stressful and more relaxed for all of us. They both adore Complimentary Love and Be Part of the Band, Suppertime and Worrisome One.
The kids have this CD memorized, and for once, I don't groan and say "Ack, not again." when they both clamor to hear it on the drive to school. This music is smart, not condescending, and truly funny. Clever, creative, and catchy, A Family Album will stand the test of time.
The Verve Pipe was one of our ChiIL Mama Win A Disc Wednesday give aways during our count down to Kidzapalooza and you can read the full review HERE.
Here's what S.P.A.C.E. has to say about the band:
With sales of three million albums worldwide and a reputation for spectacular live performances, the genesis of The Verve Pipe can be traced back to the early 90s, when lead singer Brian Vander Ark and drummer Donny Brown, members of two rival Michigan bands, joined forces.
After the additions of lead guitarist AJ Dunning(later replaced)
and keyboard/percussionist Doug Corella, The Verve Pipe released
two independent albums which attracted the attention of RCA
Records. The label released their platinum major label debut
Villains in 1996. The album included the #1 single "The
Freshmen," one of the most successful multi-format tracks of 1997
and winner of an ASCAP Pop Award. Their follow-up release,
the critically acclaimed self- titled LP The Verve Pipe, featured
"Hero," a Top 15 hit at Modern Rock radio.
In addition to their success on radio, TV and film, sold-out concert dates throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, features in Spin and Rolling Stone and videos on MTV and VH1, the band have made numerous television appearances, including "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and "Late Night With David Letterman.
In 2009, the band was approached to submit a new song for a compilation album of children's songs. That session inspired A Family Album, an original collection of songs intended for the entire family, with fun and inventive lyrics set to the memorable melodies the band is known for. Recording this album set the groundwork for a new rock LP, to be released in 2010. The Verve Pipe is currently on tour performing both old favorites as well as music from the new album.
ChiIL Mama Special: You can enter in either or BOTH drawings HERE!
One entry per contest, per family, per week, but if you are in Chicago and can make the show, you can enter to win both the CD and the family 4 pack of tickets. Entries accepted through Tuesday midnight. Winner will be announced Wednesday, October 13th.
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
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