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.
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).