Children’s music has come a long way since the days when a sappy purple dinosaur and his cult of creepy little followers ruled the pre-teen airwaves. These days choices are a lot hipper, with everyone from Barenaked Ladies to Perry Farrell getting into the act. But the coolest kids’ thing going might be Nickelodeon’s “Yo Gabba Gabba,” which just snagged New Wave icons Devo.
Mark, Jerry, Bob 1 and Bob 1 will pay a visit to Gabba Land tomorrow to perform a brand new song, “Watch Us Work It.”
The show will be broadcast on Nickelodeon at 10:30 a.m. PST and again on Nick Jr. at 1:00 p.m. PST.
For the uninitiated – or people who don’t have kids – “Yo Gabba Gabba” follows the adventures of DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Plex, Foofa, Toodee, and Brobee, mixing live-action segments (including “Mark’s Magic Pictures” which features Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh drawing pictures that spring to life) with animated sketches and musical numbers.
Since its debut in 2007, the show has become a magnet for indie bands and hip celebs. Guests who’ve dropped by include Jack Black, The Shins, Andy Samberg, Biz Markie, Shiny Toy Guns, Chromeo, Amy Sedaris, The Postmarks, Sugarland, The Roots, Sean Kingston, Of Montreal, MGMT and The Ting Tings.
Besides the U.S., “Yo Gabba Gabba” is currently watched by tykes and their parents around the globe from Australia to Israel and everywhere in between.
(By the way, did you know that two of the seemingly lobotomized tots who followed Barney around singing insipid songs were Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez?)
Wednesday, March 10
Melanie Fiona – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
Bill Engvall – “The Bonnie Hunt Show”
Jo Koy, Donnell Rawlings, Jen Kirkman – “Chelsea Lately”
Lenny Kravitz – “Lopez Tonight”
Jessica Simpson, Alkaline Trio – “Late Show with David Letterman”
Ryan Bingham – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
Manchester Orchestra – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Jerry Seinfeld – “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
The Temper Trap – “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”
Thursday, March 11
Elton John – “The View”
Jerry Seinfeld – “Live with Regis and Kelly”
Vedera – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
Tracy Morgan, Katharine McPhee – “The Bonnie Hunt Show” – rerun
Josh Wolf, Brad Wollack, Dan Levy – “Chelsea Lately”
Ozzy Osbourne – “Lopez Tonight”
Dana Carvey, Colbie Caillat – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
Broken Bells – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
Ryan Bingham – “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”
Weezer – “Last Call with Carson Daly”
Friday, March 12
RuPaul – “The Bonnie Hunt Show”
Jo Koy, Michael Yo, Sarah Colonna – “Chelsea Lately”
Jim Gaffigan – “Late Show with David Letterman”
Katharine McPhee – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
Vampire Weekend – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
Lily Allen – “Last Call with Carson Daly”
Saturday, March 13
Bettye LaVette, Pinetop Perkins – “Austin City Limits” – rerun
Pearl Jam – “Saturday Night Live”