Oscar's Trashy Songs

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Marina Torres-Nemeth, Common Sense Media
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Toddlers love bouncy honky-tonk-style songs.

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Parents need to know that although Oscar's grumbling voice may become grating after a while, the songs are inventive and entertaining.

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What's the story?

OSCAR'S TRASHY SONGS gives the loveable grouch his own forum for extolling the virtues of his many loves: trash, dirt, noise, rain, and foul moods.

Is it any good?

While most everyone on Sesame Street is happy and positive, Oscar makes it okay to gripe and be grouchy for a little while. Little ones relate to his love of getting dirty, playing in the mud, and splashing in rain puddles. Oscar's band has the sound of a Tin Pan Alley, honky-tonk band with some blues thrown in, making for fairly complex and entertaining arrangements.

Sometimes the mood is majestic and patriotic, as in "Grouchelot" (an obvious reference to Camelot), and in "There's a Big Heap of Trash …," with it's sampling of "The Impossible Dream." "Wonderful Me" whirls kids into the waltz, while "Hey Little Worm" inspires a little soft shoe with a sassy brass arrangement. The sour version of "Oscar's Do Re Mi" gives all who've had enough of the sweet original a chuckle.

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  • Families can talk about how even those with different opinions deserve to be heard, and to look for value in all things. "Oscar's Junk Bank" shows that music can be made with most anything. Have your children give the old paper and comb a try, learn now to create tones by blowing on bottles, and find even more objects around the house to create their own band.

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