Pegleg Tango

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Songs and skits about lives of colorful pirates.

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Positive Messages

References to stealing as part of a pirate's life.

Violence & Scariness

Image of a skull and crossbones on the CD insert.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Reference to drinking rum. Pirates in a bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a rollicking bunch of songs and skits about pirates, sailing ships, and sea monsters. Some of the lyrics contain images of stealing and plundering, but are performed with light-hearted panache and tongue-in-cheek attitude, not to be taken seriously.

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What's the story?

PEGLEG TANGO sets sail like a wacky Broadway musical, beginning with Salty the swab talking with Captain Bogg while stuck in a cannon. The occasional rapid-fire pirate talk can be difficult to follow at first, but stands up to repeated listening and encourages singing along.

Is it any good?

"Pieces of Eight" is a deliriously catchy rant about the famous gold treasure. What at first seems to be a scary trip below deck segues into a fun birthday song in "Pirate Party." "Scallywagg," an upbeat steel drum tango confessional by Buckle (Andy Lindberg), recounts the joys of "inching your purse, that is my bag." "What It's Really Like On A Ship" catalogs a pirate's woes -- "scurvy and rickets, we can't tolerate, and boredom can play with your wits, we yawn as our old captain pontificates..."

"Pegleg Tango" is hilarious with HiJack Katanga's deadpan delivery: "Put on your bright red jacket, and drag your leg until it makes a racket, It's not your boat and so you must hijack it, and let the music start to play, the Pegleg Tango." Featuring great production, funny dialogue, clever sound effects, and terrific songs written by the Pollywogg Crew (seven of the 11 songs were penned by "Captain Bogg" Loren Hoskins and "Salty" Kevin Hendrickson), this CD is for kids capable of understanding the tongue-in-cheek nature of the contents.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the life of a pirate. Pirates were hardly noble or admirable people -- why are they so fun and enjoyable today?

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