Life in the Slow Lane

August 27, 2009

Ready to beat ‘The Fresh Beat Band’

Filed under: Entertainment,Parenting,Television — pauljlane @ 1:10 pm

I have yet to see a full episode of “The Fresh Beat Band,” Nickelodeon’s latest kids show that centers around singing, but I’ve seen enough of the promos to know that I never want to.nickelodeon-the-fresh-beat-band

Four kids – including two guys with the ridiculous names of Twist and Shout – go around singing about what seems to be anything they encounter on the street. The songs feature award-winning lyrics such as “Peel banana, feel banana, keepin’ it real banana” and other messages meant to enrich the lives of our younger generation (in fairness, the song does always catch my daughter’s attention, and she’ll sing “Banana, banana” when the promo pops up).

I realize that I am not the target audience, and I only have to not put the show on and that will be the end of it, but something about this show just irks me. Apparently, I am not alone in this sentiment.

Having grown up on the likes of Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry, this doesn’t do much to the adolescent portion of my brain. Whatever the intent, it’s just annoying drivel, and poorly done at that.

Don’t believe me? Just watch this video. If the “street-wise rapper kids can relate to” character doesn’t even rap as well as I do, then it’s time to hit the reset button.

Actually, two footnotes first: What are the odds that these people can actually play a musical instrument, and when did a DJ’s turntable become a musical instrument (it’s a method of creativity, sure, but not an instrument).



  1. Sad, but it is better than the Banana (oh, bring it back again) song.

    Comment by Nicole — August 28, 2009 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  2. OOOh goodness. Give me a break its for kids. Not adults. Like you said change the channel and if you child doesnt like it either these days four years know how to change the channel too. Let people make a living off if what they like to do. And for the Yellow DJ guy andis turntable i loved the idea. Just use your imagination if you allready lost it go play with your kids for a while. And plus that yellow DJ guy is pretty cuite.

    Comment by Nikky — December 2, 2009 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  3. I have read several reviews of the Fresh Beat Band and although the show may be a bit quirky it is meant to stimulate our children’s interest and development. I too grew up watching Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck which at the time seemed innocent enough but now when I watch those shows it is clear that the underlying messages and themes are geared more towards adult humor than kids. I personally do not want my children watching shows which depict violence, abuse and adult situations. Some may say that is taking the message in those shows to an extreme but lets remember that I childs development for social patterns and peer situations is strongly influenced before the age of 10. It is obvious that the Fresh Beat Band is on to something when children recognize the show and want to watch it.

    Comment by Pam — February 4, 2010 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

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