Songs

Stroller Patrol

December 15th, 2000 by

When Henry was a baby I found myself walking all the time with our big red stroller. We would walk from our house in Parkdale all the way to High Park some days. Before we had a baby I had never noticed that there were so many strollers in our area. Now, they seemed to be on every porch, restaurant, park, red light, everywhere. And they were all different colours and sizes. I started to know the different brands and which ones were better in the snow and for one kid or lots of kids. When I walked on these tired, bleak days I would sing to Henry as we walked. I started making up songs when I ran out of songs that I knew. I started feeling like Henry was greeting other babies in strollers as we passed them. Like how guys on motor bikes nod to other guys on motor bikes. A knowing conspiring look that sort of says, “Hey, we’re babies and we are totally changing the lives of the people driving these strollers.” He spent so much time in the stroller that I started to have all his photos and video in that red stroller and then I thought, what if these little fleshy potatoes in these strollers were all in some gang together. We thought that we were deciding to go to the store or park but it was really them. They had it all planned out and they were all… ALL involved in this giant Stroller Patrol. I started to make it up as I walked. Singing just the chorus and making up little things about how they were everywhere. When Maury would walk with us I would sing it to him. He thought it was a very strange idea but…. he loved the concept. When we finally sat down with a guitar I would sing, “Stroller Patrol! Stroller Patrol!” And I would sing these strange little made up words do go with it. I kept saying that it was like the band Cake and so we listened to a bunch of songs off Comfort Eagle. Then we started thinking it was more along the lines of AC/DC and Black Sabbath and started writing lyrics with that style in mind. We laughed so hard while we wrote the music and lyrics together but we never really knew how much it rocked until we went into the studio with Lyle to record the drums. Then we thought, this is going to be soooooo fun to play live. To send up this much rock for toddlers was going to be the highlight of our set for sure!!

When the album was almost finished we wanted to put some kids on it to make it clear who was really driving the stroller patrol. We recorded Henry and his best friend, Aimée, as they talked about going for a ride in the stroller. It gave this song even more of the humour of these lords of the road.

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Monkey Bunch Theme

December 15th, 2000 by

I honestly cannot remember who it was who suggested this song to us but one day Maury started singing it and Lyle said, “What about we yell ‘Bunch!’? I thought that might be funny and then Graham and Lyle could not stop yelling, “BUNCH!” whenever we got together. Finally, Maury figured out the whole song and we started making it our own. Soon we were all yelling “BUNCH!” and opening our live show with this song.

Thanks to Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, the wonderful writers of this original hit song for the TV show The Monkees.

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Poopie Diaper

December 15th, 2000 by

Maury, Lyle and Graham all play in Jann Arden’s band when she tours and on one of these tours Lyle and Maury went to Australia to play with Jann on a 3 week stint while she opened for Michel Bublé. He has this song called, Save the Last Dance for Me, and Lyle and Maury would sing “poopie diaper” to his lyrics. When they came home Graham took it on and started reversing it to “diaper poopie” etc. and joking around. Finally Maury said, “Can we write this into a song already?” And I said, “No. I don’t think there’s anything there.” But Maury sat down at one of our writing sessions and said, “Today we write Poopie Diaper. That’s it.” And I thought well, there’s nothing funnier than doing a salsa about poopie diapers. Nothing. I couldn’t argue with poop in a diaper. Who can? We wanted to write this story/legend of this kid who was still in diapers and how his brother had to deal with it. Really it’s a shout out to all the little people who still poop in diapers because we’re saying hey, even grown ups poop in their pants too. Then in the studio we didn’t know who was going to sing it. We knew we wanted a guest singer but we didn’t know who. We asked John to come in to sing the back ups and to give it some Gypsy Kings singing but when he got there Maury just said, “Let’s get John to do it. He’s so funny and smart and wonderful.” And I agreed. John had us all laughing in a matter of seconds. HE’S the bus driver on the Doodle Bops and one of the funniest people I know. So, thanks Bublé. You can cover our song if you like. It’s about poopie diapers.

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Gather ‘Round

December 15th, 2000 by

Maury and Graham used to be in a band called, The Supers. They were a great pop band inspired by XTC and the Beatles. Many many amazing songs. Anyway, one of their albums (Mystery on Pop Mountain) was an acoustic album all recorded at Puck’s Farm!! I know. Goats.

How does this all relate to The Monkey Bunch? Well, the last song on the CD was written by Maury and was so lovely that when we started this CD I said, “We have to put that lullaby on the CD.” No said Maury. No. That was a different time and no. Well, after awhile of me complaining about how I loved that song and how great it was and how I never get my way he finally gave in but he said, “I’m not singing it.” And I said fine. We’ll find someone else to sing it. Someone who isn’t known for that kind of thing. Someone with a beautiful voice but not known for a beautiful voice. That’s when we thought of Adam Gontier. Adam is Teresa Pavlinek’s cousin. Teresa is our bestest friend and Henry’s auntie and she also makes funny voices on both our CD’s. We love her and she put us in contact with Adam. Adam was on tour with his very successful and rocking band, Three Days Grace at the time. He agreed to do it and when he had a few days off the road he recorded the song.

The original song was inspired by observing birds in down town wind gusts. The pockets of wind caused by skyscrapers and how they just stop fighting but just glide and let themselves float up. That and a love song that Maury wrote for me. Maybe he should have written this one.

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