Blasts from the music past come back in weird ways

IT IS no secret I have been keen to educate my kids on all the classics.

Well, my version of classics: 70s and 80s books, television shows and movies.

And when it comes to music, I am quite proud the kids know more lyrics to Queen than anything by One Direction.

So sure, a large majority of the music played in our household may have been created many years before their 2003 births, but even I was surprised with their latest music play list.

Thanks to the wonders of YouTube the kids have found a weird new favourite singer.

But the weird part, for them anyway, was that I already knew the singer.

I could even sing all the words to his songs.

Because, really, who could ever forget some of the classic lines from a typical Weird Al Yankovic parody.

"Like a surgeon, hey, cuttin' for the very first time''.

I know not only the words, but I think images from the video clips are still burned into my brain.

My personal favourite was the Even Worse album, purely because of the cover artwork imitating the Michael Jackson album Bad.

Harry Bruce cartoon for Supermum column published on November 15
Harry Bruce cartoon for Supermum column published on November 15

 

But that was then, and this is now.

So when the kids came to me, excited to tell me all about this funny guy who had these great songs, I had to tell them I already knew him, and no, I didn't want to see another film clip.

In the words of another Weird Al song; "I can't watch this."

But that didn't stop them.

I have been serenaded with Eat It, Fat and Girls Just Want To Have Lunch.

It was making me hungry.

It also was reminding me of things I never want them to discover from that same era.

Things I thought were classics at the time.

Because although the kids know I'm a big Kiss fan, and I enjoy Gunners, Def Leppard and Acca Dacca, there are some deep dark secrets from my teens.

Like that time I had a giant Bros poster on my wall.

Now that I think about it, it is probably time to hide certain items in my music collection too.

Imagine if they found my Kylie and Jason cassingle.

I'd never live it down.



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