Yo Gabba Gabba! is far more than just Nickelodeon-produced kiddie fodder. It's become a venue for introducing kids to music by Devo, Chromeo, Mates of State, Of Montreal, and so many more. The show's so popular, especially with indie darlings with children, that the show's producers have a surplus of musicians clamoring to be on the show.
We hope that, if any of the following artists are begging to be on the show, they make the cut. It's for the children, after all. By the way, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! -- the traveling version of the TV show will be at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Sunday, with shows at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are still available.
5. The Flaming Lips Stick a bunch of tots in Wayne Coyne's giant hamster bubble and you'll have the happiest kids ever in the history of the world. They wouldn't even have to write a new song for the Lips, since most of their stuff already appeals to the LCD-like imaginations of five-year-olds. Of course you can be a frog and a locust and a bear, Honey! Of course. You can be anything.
Lady Gaga What makes boys and girls different? Why is it so hard for one to get along with the other? And why do they have so many cooties? Gaga can fill them in. Granted, she might scare the holy living crap out of them in the process, but I'll bet the rates of teen pregnancies and STDs will plummet in about a decade if Gaga does Gabba Gabba.
3. John Lydon Tantrums are a part of life in the Yo Gabba Gabba! demographic. So why not learn how to throw a proper one? John Lydon, formerly of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited, remains the foremost expert in the tantrum-throwing field. Anger is an energy! Encourage the kids that it's better to beat a rug than to beat your brother. Or that sometimes, it's okay to deface the queen. If we don't teach the next generation to fight authority, then who will?
2. Morrissey Kids need to learn about feelings. Sometimes, bad feelings. Morrissey's made a career of defining hurt and sadness. Life isn't all about bouncing around to the Ting Tings, you know, and the sooner the kiddos realize that, the better off we'll all be. It's been awhile since Morrissey did children's television, but with his current status as mope rock's elder statesman, he'll surely elicit respect from the children, while teaching them about that hollow feeling the get just above their tummies.
1. Andrew WK Is there any artist better-suited to Yo Gabba Gabba! than this big, joyful, intense, love-filled lug? He's already got some kid cred with the teen demographic, thanks to his Cartoon Network "Destroy Build Destroy", where he encourages kids to blow shit up. Song possibilities for Yo Gabba Gabba! are endless, from "Don't Laugh at the Smelly Kid", "Nosebleeds Happen", and "Don't Try This at Home". But with his dance skills, it's hard to not give Mr. WK his own Dancey-Dance segment.
What the hell? Give Andrew WK a co-hosting spot with DJ Lance.