Family Jukebox: a family-friendly musical jaunt

We regularly share recommendations of what we’ve been listening to with our own families… Music that is totally accessible to younger ears but not ‘kids’ music’.

Don’t be afraid to Dad-dance in the dining room – there are definitely no nursery rhymes here…

Tom Tom Club, Wordy Rappinghood
From the album Tom Tom Club (1980), Sire Records

Hi Kids, let me introduce you to New Wave… This song is as old as me (though has probably aged better) but is totally fresh to the ears of my offspring. There are so many fun elements in the production, sound effects, funny voices, a verse in French… I like to think of it as a couple of Talking Heads members breaking in to Sesame Street and going a bit overboard.

The Orb, Little Fluffy Clouds
From the album The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (1990), Big Life

This was on in the car the other morning… my 4 year old asked me, “Is that lady really talking about clouds?” She then drifted off into an ambient house daydream and woke up at the school gates. I made a mental note to have this song bookmarked on my phone to pull out in times of peak crazy hour.

Teleman, Tangerine
From the album Brilliant Sanity (2016), Moshi Moshi

Angular but satisfyingly crunchy guitars bring a really lovely fullness to this track and it’s one you can properly dance to (aka potentially embarrass the kids. Again.)

If you liked this, you can check out all the other Family Jukebox features here!

We also have a Family Jukebox Spotify playlist that we’ll update with each instalment.