Koo Koo Kanga Roo: Whoopty Whoop – album review
Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Whoopty Whoop (Asian Man Records/Fun Fun Records)
Due Out 13th May (DL) & 24th June (LP)
Ridiculously silly, infectiously catchy and good clean fun. Ian Critchley reviews Koo Koo Kanga Roo.
Within the first ten seconds of opener All I Eat Is Pizza my mind was overcome with the dread that the glass of water I’d drank some twenty minutes ago had been spiked with kind of highly powerful class A. There was no way that Asian Man would release something that sounded like the soundtrack of an early nineties Sonic The Hedgehog game and had lyrics solely based on the consumption of cheesy slices. But then I remembered that this was from Fun Fun Records, the Asian Man spin off intended for children, and I slowly slipped back into my seat, relaxed, and began to enjoy the 8 bit glory of Koo Koo Kanga Roo‘s Whoopty Whoop.
The band have in the past toured with a strange array of … lets say … more serious bands, including Dillinger Four and Frank Turner, which just seems bizarre. Even Asian Man pilot Mike Park thought so until he saw the band in action: “I thought it was strange that a children’s music band was on tour with Frank Turner, but when I saw them live I understood how genius the band was and it all made sense”. Looking at the video to song Fanny Pack, it still doesn’t seem to make any sense to me, but it’s hard to argue with something so insanely upbeat.
Musically the band seem to draw huge inspiration from synthpunk legend, Atom And His Package, as well as more recent incarnations of “fun rap/punk” like MC Lars. If you image Goldie Lookin’ Chain being marketed directly to kids (so without the drugs, swearing, sexual references, etc.) then you’ve got a good idea of what these guys are all about.
The entire thing isn’t a total gimmick though, with track Shake It Well (featuring P.O.S.) being a genuinely strong song with a distinct old school hip hop beat that, though still containing quite jovial lyrical content, could easily contend with tracks from rap stars with only a fraction of the energy and enjoyment of this dorky duo.
So whether while eating pizza, trying to Get Yo Body Moving, or simply reppin’ the fannies (a double entendre if I ever heard one) Whoopty Whoop is ridiculously silly, infectiously catchy, and all in all good fun.
Whoopty Whoop is available now through Asian Man Records/Fun Fun Records
All words by Ian Critchley. More writing by Ian on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.