FleaBITE: The Jungle is Jumping (Border)

 |   |  <1 min read

fleaBITE: Do the Woopsie
FleaBITE: The Jungle is Jumping (Border)

Elsewhere rarely touches children's music (so please don't start sending them) but we have made an exception for Wellington's FleaBITE (Robin Nathan) because her songs are so quirky and when she was Fatcat and Fishface I swear I've referenced Spike Milligan, Yoko Ono, Mary Poppins and reggae when writing about this left-field stuff.

This is another such outing with assistance from the Phoenix Foundation's Conrad Wedde and Chris O'Connor plus jazz saxophonist Jeff Henderson.

What I like about Nathan's stuff is that it doesn't talk down to kids and assumes they are pretty sophisticated musically, and why shouldn't they be? They hear pop radio and the music played by adults in their homes so know the reggae tropes, what a saxophone sounds like and they might even spot the reference to Split Enz's Dirty Creature here.

This is rather exotic too as it shuffles around from reggae to salsa and adopts a Pacific ukulele feel for Lady Luck. There's a sea shanty on No Toast.

There's some lovely nonsense stuff here too, as on Don't Believe What I Say: "My name is Marvin, I live in a tree, my little brother's older than me, my mother's a giant, my dad's a dwarf, my brother's a hermit lives under a wharf . . . don't believe what I say".

There are songs about being angry, wearing pyjamas and how we need bees. 

And Peel Me might just be the best song ever written about ways to prepare potatoes ever.

Okay everybody, it's time to Do the Woopsie . . . 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music at Elsewhere articles index

Hopetoun Brown: Don't Let Them Lock You Up (Rhythmethod)

Hopetoun Brown: Don't Let Them Lock You Up (Rhythmethod)

The first two albums by the duo of Nick Atkinson and Tim Stewart – Burning Fuse and Look So Good – were enjoyable outings, especially the latter where they broadened their palette... > Read more

Son Volt: American Central Dust (Rounder)

Son Volt: American Central Dust (Rounder)

For a while in the late Eighties/early Nineties alt.country was an exciting but difficult music to follow: no sooner had you tuned in to Uncle Tupelo than they split (Jay Farrar to found Son Volt,... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

SHAKEY GRAVES INTERVIEWED (2015): Taking it to the top

SHAKEY GRAVES INTERVIEWED (2015): Taking it to the top

In a little over three years, Alejandro Rose-Garcia – better known as Shakey Graves – has carved out the almost perfect and throughly contemporary career arc. Setting aside his... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Dillastrate, Phoebe Rings, Turnstile, Curt Chambers

EPs by Yasmin Brown: Dillastrate, Phoebe Rings, Turnstile, Curt Chambers

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP... > Read more