Wee Hairy Beasties

The Beasties are Back! On their debut album, Animal Crackers(Bloodshot), Wee Hairy Beasties brought you frisky tunes about fuzzy things. Now Chicago’s motley kiddie band crew have their very own label and are coming to YOUR house with a covered hot dish of brand new songs for the holidays. OnHolidays Gone Crazy, you’ll find familiar, scary fun on Halloween withWee Scary Beasties and Pumpkinhead, and you’ll even meet some far out holidays that may only exist in Beastieland, like Dinosaur Christmas. So roll back the rug, put the crispy onions on the green bean casserole, and set up the kids’ table in the basement—let’s go!

Wee Hairy Beasties—led by Mekons JON LANGFORD and SALLY TIMMS, with vocalist KELLY HOGAN (Neko Case, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, The Rock*A*Teens) and the mighty jug band talents of front porch settin’, old-timey blues band DEVIL IN A WOODPILE—have stewed up a diverse bunch of new tales: creepy lullabies, nighttime stories about lonely vampires, and sunny day action tunes about playing in the sand. There’s an ode to everyone’s ever-present pal, your shadow, a cautionary tale about what lies deep in your belly button (!), and a super-rocking punk jumper about a veggie-patch dweller named Pumpkinhead! Check out the Wee Hairy Beasties’ PSA’s too: did you know that ice cream for breakfast is GOOD FOR YOU? Wee Hairy Beasties will set you straight!

There are songs with Shangri-Las finger-popping flavor, fresh seat-of-the-pants harmonies, a musical nod to Slade (yes, Slade!) and some very special guests: actual kids singing along in wide-open ,b-i-n-g-o style! And, as always, Devil in a Woodpile’s bright and bouncy instrumentation—washboard, slide guitar, thumping upright bass, clarinet and harmonica—percolates like the best Harman-Ising cartoon bug band that ever was.

Holidays Gone Crazy is a rollicking good time for big and little folks alike—folks who know that spiders are cool, that the dark can be fun, and that dinosaurs love Santa Claus just as much as the next guy. Once again, Wee Hairy Beasties bring you kids songs that give kids (and their parents) credit for having a brain and knowing how to wield it! (Though to be fair, this record is also very good for forgetting about your brain and just dancing around in your underwear!) This album proves that there’s a fun holiday for every time of year!