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Everyone loves the Monggz as much as I do, but I was first to cover this classic songg that pokes fun of guys like me who think they can be rock stars after story time with the kids.

I wanted to post it for the MJ Cover Challenge, but it took me 3 weeks to find the hour I needed to sing for 15 minutes. You do the math. I still ended up using a junky microphone and singing in the room next to my sleeping babies. Katyraven was surprised I didn't wake them up as she heard me hopping around and "singing" from the other side of the house. I opted for the stock "Applause and Laughter" GB sample of the kids shouting "Yeaaaaaa!!!!" when I realized I wouldn't be able to pull a garage scream off at 10:30 on a school night. It's not perfect, but it is rock'n'roll.

Here's the original version http://www.macjams.com/song/27722

Yeah, I am a living breathing victim of what should be the MacJams Theme song. I'm a rock'n'roll dad, the Electro Pop version.

Sorry kids.
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Lyrics
Rock'n'roll it was over
the very day your father
came rushing into your room
and said turn up the volume

He is bad
He is mad
he's a rock'n'roll dad

He is bad
He is mad
he's a rock'n'roll dad
are you glad
are you sad
to have a rock'n'roll dad
are you glad
are you sad
to have a rock'n'roll dad

Torn T-shirt and pajamas
put the P.A back in Papa
if only he wouldn't brag
that he could roll a better fag

He is bad
He is mad
he's a rock'n'roll dad
He is bad
He is mad
he's a rock'n'roll dad
are you glad
are you sad
to have a rock'n'roll dad
are you glad
are you sad
to have a rock'n'roll dad

Yeaaaa!!!!

(lyrics by cjdaley and The Monggz)
Song Stats
Hits: 3908
Comments: 31
Fans: 25
Plays: 125
Downloads: 121

Uploaded: Sep 25, 2008 - 11:20:23 PM
Last Updated: Sep 26, 2008 - 05:22:31 AM Last Played: Mar 23, 2017 - 04:23:59 PM
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Hardware:
Oxygen 8, Katy's Laptop, a plastic microphone with the number 34069 on it, no real guitars or black and scratchy.
Software:
GB '08
Comments
Feter said 3370 days ago (September 25th, 2008)
Rock'N'Roll Dad
cool song ....despite the electro keys sound ..
the rock is there ..the singing is cool indeed ..
good one my friend ..thnx for sharin !!

ps
cool pic !
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Vic Holman said 3370 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
hey dad, i need lunch money
better late then never. great cover version, Bob. excellent keyboard work with nice layers. liked the effected vocals as well. or is that from the plastic microphone?

excellent work

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five_extra_arms said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Watch Out Vic
I'm rather fond of one or two of your songs. Don't be surprised if I grab my wooden microphone and try one of them.

You crack me up with your humor. You have to be the second funniest guy at MacJams.

Bob
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Pete_NB said 3370 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Sadly I can relate.
Just heading out the door and checked my email to see this posting. It's all great but I really dig the lyrics and the instrument break down after the chorus.

The funny thing is my youngest is still to young to roll his eyes, but when I sing, I just know there are times if he could, then he would!




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five_extra_arms said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Dead Moose
Hey Pete,

Happy hunting man. Hope the moose you shoot rolls his eyes back in his head before you skin him.

Oh, I thought this was the hunting forum.... Sorry. Hey, can you pass me a Molson's?

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five_extra_arms said 3370 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Monggz Songgz For Kiddz
I always loved the original version of this song and sometimes I sing a version of it to my kids when I'm trying to remind them how cool their old man thinks he is. I really resisted the urge to put a nasty guitar solo in the song. I wanted to make it the least typical rock'n'roll song I could (imagine that), but I ended up failing because on one of my vocal track I used the preset for Male Rocker Vocals.
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rabittwhole said 3370 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
lol ....
this is just too cool ...
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lengold said 3370 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
I must check out the
original too. Great fun Bob and very enjoyable. What do your kids think of it?
Cheers
Len


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five_extra_arms said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
The Kids Are Alright
Hey Len,

Ruby loved the music and looks so cute with the headphones on bouncing her head back and forth. When I get home tonight, I'll try to persuade her and Katy to listen to it with the vocals. I think Katy heard enough of it down the hallway last night, but Ruby will probably humor her daddy.

Oh yeah, it's a good thing I don't have a cool band name, because if I did, I would print enough kids t-shirts for my kids to wear everyday, like a uniform. Are you glad? Are you sad you have a Rock'N'Roll Dad?!
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cjdaley said 3370 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
electro dad
First of all, you're a brave man to have tackled this songg whose original defies all rules of musicianship, and made sense of it.

Then, it's cool you've done a cover so different ad personnal, as covers should be. The sounds you chose for the synths and the voice gave it a warm almost soothing, atmosphere, like a kind of lullaby sung by the kids' musical toys while the mad dad is sweating it out in the basement

And also, I'm glad you were sensitive to the humour in this, which is not as wicked as it seems since most of my mj heroes, as well as Brentford, are bona fide rock'n'roll dads.
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five_extra_arms said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Brave Men
Thanks for noticing my daring nature. It was brave men like Neil Armstrong and the guy who singgs for the Monggz that deserve all the credit here. They broke the rules of breaking rules. I just follow in their giant footsteps. But enough about me and my experimental jet test pilot attitude. It's about rock'n'roll and it's about playtime with the kids. A difficult balance, but hey, if they actually think I'm a rock star, well that's twice as many people as I ever had with or without the help of the Monggz.

Thanks for not getting mad at me like buckhorn did when I covered his song. I'm still trying to remove cowboy boot debris from places I'd rather not mention, namely San Antonio, TX.

This Monggz songg has been one of my personal favorites since the first time I heard it, so it was a real pleasure trying to make it mine. I felt it was about me, so I could do what I pleased. Glad you like it.

Thanks cj.
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Johnny Mustard Seed said 3370 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
R&R Dad
It had to happen. After dozens of songs, practically inspired by my life's heartache and troubles with my ex, Deanna Sue, you had soar to a new low and do this cover.

Well, cinco mas armamentos, I'll let you in on a little, filthy family secret. My dad was the original rock-n-roll dad. Unless someone like Chuck Berry,Buddy Holly or Elvis had kids, but that's besides the point.

It all started in the year 1970. Biafra surrenderd after 32-month fight for independence from Nigeria, US troops invaded Cambodia, and Four students at Kent State University in Ohio were slain by National Guardsmen at a demonstration protesting said incursion into Cambodia. But things were not all peaches and cream.

My dad was earning some extra sangria money as a logistical expert for a local Three Dog Night show. A logistical expert sees that all the equipment needed to perform a rock and roll show is set up and tested. He would physically take equipment and instruments from the transport truck and arrange them on the stage. After the show, he would physically pack the equipment and place it back in the truck. Then he could eat and drink as much as he wanted (in true rock style) from what ever was left on the buffet table in the dressing room.

He used to brag that he was the brain child behind "Check, Check 1-2, Check.

Anyway, rock and roll's allure proved too much for my father and he left with Three Dog Night.... actually it was the guys who opened for Three Dog Night, I think they were called The Groovy Peaceniks.

I was 7. I never saw him again, which my mom says is a good thing.

I get a post card from my dad every now and again and there is always postage due.

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five_extra_arms said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Check, Check 1-2, Check
Now that is comedy, Mr Mustard Britches, pure comedy.

Peaches and cream?

Three Dog Night?

Wow.

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lavalamp said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Good one dad
A plethora of noises and sounds that could only be produced by one man..............CJDaley.

All jokes aside. This had me doing a little Devo dance in my little music room back here.

My kids already think I'm nuts.........thanks.

Great job Bob,

Dave
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five_extra_arms said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Nuts
Devo dance? I bet your kids are crazy too.
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Peter Bauckham said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Well at least
I'm not the only one late for a challenge - I haven't even started on this one yet. Great version of great tune - nicely done! Your lifestyle is as rock 'n' roll as mine!

Peter
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five_extra_arms said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Rock'n'roll Lifestyle
I did submit a song to the Cover Challenge, but I have decided that I will be covering more and more MJ artists as time goes on. There's too much brilliant material here.

Watch out Peter - you could be next!

Now excuse me while I help Hondo tie his shoes.
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Char said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
With those five extra arms
you can work miracles. Imagine what you could've done with some Fisher Price rhythm toys and that teeny piano that Shroeder uses in Peanuts. My Dad was a closet Johnny Mercer/Perry Como. He sang to us in the car and I loved it. Thanks.
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five_extra_arms said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Johnny Mercer/Perry Como
Oh I see - you blame your father for driving you to MacJams and the likes of this community!

I am the original Fisher Price musician. Maybe I'll record some of my favorites? Maybe it should be the next challenge!

Thanks Char. Great job on your new tune with the ice man.
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rsorensen said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
hah
awesome cover, bob. really really great synth work. and hey - dads CAN be rockstars. mick jagger has like 12 kids around the world. great job. off to check out the original now.
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five_extra_arms said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Dads That Rock
Ridd, you're living proof that dads can rock, but my question is where do you find the time to be a dad? Are your kids guitar techs or something? Or do you sing them to sleep right after dinner and then bolt to the studio?


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dajama said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Cool
This is excellent. The keyboards work really well, filling the phones with instrumental color. The lyrics are hilarious - a great song, and I'll certainly be checking out the original. Nice vocal, especially given the circumstances of the recording! Very nicely done. Cool. Peace.
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craft said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
crazy
this is very good... with some chunk guitar this can sound like MSI... I love it
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michael2 said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
awesome
this is great. i was thinking that "dad rock" could be made cool, it doesn't have to sound like Steely Dan or Michael McDonald. you did it. you gave me a new anthem, a guide to live by. something to crank in the car.
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TG said 3369 days ago (September 26th, 2008)
Lo-fi and Sincere
I dig the production in this, the lo-fi vox go well with the dreamy synths also dig the sincerity on vox, cool music on this!
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egobandit said 3368 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
no scratchy
I say rock and roll dads need to unite. Cool cover I dont think I heard this one. The band Cake comes to mind for some reason Excellent now tuck those kids in!:)
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guitapick said 3368 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
Love the drum set...
...metallic green sparkles...very cool tune, man...plastoid mic is perfect for the tune and situation...
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tempie said 3366 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
devo dad
a guitar lick here and there and this is devo. as is very cool - great melodies and I really like the toy synth sound. an anthem for all of us who rock 'n roll in the basement after putting the kids to bed. thanks!
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Diviner said 3365 days ago (September 30th, 2008)
Great track
love the electro sounds, really good composition and very good lyrics and well sung. Great song, should make more stuff like this. This track has to be one of my favourites as it sound so fun, with inclings of kraftwerk. Very creative Bob, love it.
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DWL said 3363 days ago (October 3rd, 2008)
Pardon?
Great lyrics and I liked the electro-pop treatment.

I got told off by my daughters for playing my music too loudly so I guess I'm that man :-)

Cheers

Dick
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The Infinites said 3363 days ago (October 3rd, 2008)
Yes!
Totally cool dad in a TMBG fashion!

A Dorsery rhyme for them rock n roll kids in Valrico!

The wee man lookin' good behind the kit!

Nice one!

Jim
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Estella said 3315 days ago (November 20th, 2008)
Wow
I LOVE that photo! Is that cute little boy your son?

cjdaley's writing is the best. This is a GREAT song. I haven't listened to his yet, but I LOVE your version of it.

I think it is pretty romantic, the rock 'n' roll dad silently rocking out so as not to wake the kids. Keep it up. I like electropop interpretations of rock themes. does that make sense?

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Kicbal said 3300 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
Quirky and Cool
Overall a fun and well done song. Love all the retro synth sounds and the vocal effects are perfect for the tune. Reminds me of "No Doubts" take on 80's new wave.
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Lennon714 said 3101 days ago (June 21st, 2009)
I just
heard the original and I saw your comment referencing this. Not sure how I missed it. But I'm glad I came back around. I can't pick a favorite. I think all rock and roll dads should march to this song. March where? I don't know. Home for a nap or something. You and CJ are the ULTIMATE rock and roll dads. The rest of us are easy listening dads.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2861 days ago (February 16th, 2010)
Rock n Roll Dad
I never knew there was such a rich vein to mine in the synthpop/overage-rocker genre (my most recent post notwithstanding), but this song clearly proves me wrong! The more I listen on this site, the more I suspect that MJ is rife with rock n roll dads...
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Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

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