Georgia Music Magazine
If you haven’t listened to a children’s music album lately, it might be surprising to hear how much the genre has matured since the old days of “On Top Of Spaghetti” and “Be Kind To Your Web-Footed Friends.” Atlanta-based pop-rocker (and former CNN producer) John Boydston has been recording great tunes for kids under the name Daddy A Go Go for over a decade– so long that the sons he used to write songs for are now teenagers old enough to accompany him in his live band. His latest album features remixed and remastered versions of songs from his seven previous CDs, five of which made it onto Amazon’s “Best of the Year” critics’ list. Where his last album (Come On, Get Happy) featuring songs aimed at the younger set, uptempo rave-ups such as “I Wanna Be An Action Figure,” “Big Rock Rooster” and “Ants In My Pants” are clearly design to get teens and tweens a-boppin’. Most of the songs are original, featuring Boydston’s mixture of cheeky humor and classic rock riffs, but even covers like “What A Wonderful World” and “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” are imbued with his distinctive personality. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s pretty difficult to deny the infectious cleverness of a tune like the Dick Dale-influenced “You’re Not The Bossa Nova Me.” He may not exactly rock the casbah, but Daddy A Go Go is clearly the coolest dad in the carpool line.
Time Out Chicago
You Know, For Kids (Family Blog)
On Grandkid Rock - “Like most “best of” compilations, the result is an ideal way for the uninitiated to get a taste of what the artist is all about. In the case of Daddy a Go Go, that’s good old classic rock-’n-roll with a decidedly southern bent, reminiscent of everyone from George Thorogood and Neil Young to early R.E.M and (I’m about to date myself once more) the Georgia Satellites, with tinges of ’90s alternative bands like Cracker and Belly thrown in for good measure. The lyrics are the typical kid-topical, though Boydston keeps his tongue firmly in cheek throughout (e.g., song titles like “For Those About to Walk, We Salute You”). But whether he’s keeping the kids happy by singing about finishing vegetables or embarking on a rockin’ cover of “What a Wonderful World,” parents will be thrilled to find that they’re doing a little head-nodding to these songs, too.
...serious when it comes to rocking out. Enjoy.” Daddy A Go Go is surprisingly a band that’s been around for awhile making music for kids. Their latest release, Grandkid Rock, spans their six album history playing as a best of collection on topics ranging anywhere from baseball to adults watching cartoons but all done with no particular point other then to have a good time.
For a band that doesn’t take life too seriously when it comes to injecting lessons into their music, rather just everyday stuff that kids can really find common ground on, the band is serious when it comes to rocking out. This is without a doubt a band lead by the power of their lead guitarist and multi instrumentalist John Boydston. On vocals Boydston is a cross between Tom Petty, Roger Meade Clyne, and The Reverend Horton Heat. His guitar style reflects these comparisons as well. Yeah, I know. The Rev? Just listen to the track Big Rock Rooster and you’ll see the comparison as well. Overall, musically, the sound of the album is your working class rock band type. Not too flashy but could probably give Chuck Berry a run for his money.
Lyrically, as I said, you wont find any school lesson substance. This is the part of a kids life that’s all about free time, baseball, cartoons, world views from a kids perspective. As we drove into the next town to pick up our new pet I had the CD on for the kids, I had already listened to it by myself three or four times, and their reactions to it were great with lots of giggling and no complaints when the CD ended and turned over to begin again. With the inclusion of such classics as Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah and What Wonderful World even parents have something they can relate to but as far as listening to the album again and again. No problem. I am in love with the guitar sound on this album. Definitely not just for the kids. Enjoy.”
Daddy A Go Go's CD Named one of the Top 25 Kids CDs of all Time by ParentDish.com
People Magazine features Daddy A Go Go CD "Come On Get Happy"
PEOPLE MAGAZINE – in the double ‘Beautiful People’ issue with the very beautiful Christina Applegate on the cover: In a feature on “KIDS AND BABY CDs that says, “whether you’ve got newborns, toddlers or grade-schoolers, these news discs will soothe and amuse. Listed among this who’s who of performers with new children’s CD’s is Come On Get Happy.
Georgia Music Magazine
Children’s music by rockers is usually a creepy exercise in baby-talk pandering and tame musicianship, and often serves as a sad extension of a career long-ago extinguished. Thankfully, Atlantan John Boydston (recording under the non-de-pop Daddy A Go Go) avoids all the negatives and serves up a giddy and unrelentingly positive blend of excellent performances filled with clever word-play and enough family-friendly good times to satisfy even the sourest elitist. Come On, Get Happy is an invitation to sample the best of his delightful ditties which were carefully culled from his catalog of silliness and sincerity. The title track, better known as the theme to The Partridge Family, “Best Friend” (featured in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father) and “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?” complete the candy-coated culture-smart universe of tunes.
FILED UNDER COOL THINGS: Enjoy a decade’s worth of the funky father’s relaxed ditties, including “I Caught My Daddy Watching Cartoons”
Story - When John Boydston goes to the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Tx next week, he'll be taking his kids, as his band.
"Some dads teach the kid how to field like Keith Hernandez.
Best of Amazon.com Children's Music
Rock of All Ages "Best Children's Music 2008" by Amazon.com "It’s not strictly necessary to be a classic-rock kind of parent to appreciate this 12-pack of cool songs for cool kids (a follow-up to Daddy’s all-time coolest Cool Songs for Cool Kids from 2001), but as mastermind John Boydston, a.k.a. Daddy a Go-Go, might concede, it helps." (more at Amazon.com)
Top 10 Best Children's CDs 2006
Eat Every Bean and Pea On Your Plate, Editors' Picks in Children's Music, Best of 2006 by Amazon.com "A funny thing happens when you hear Daddy a Go Go for the first time, whether it's on this disc or any of the four preceding it: You can't help but wonder with mounting incredulity and a creeping sense of indignity how it is that this dude's not huge." (read more at Amazon.com)
School Library Journal
THE SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: This collection, sure to be a hit, IS A MUST HAVE FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES…The catchy, upbeat songs will appeal to adults as well as children. The title song is a testament to encouraging children to eat healthy foods. ‘Irritation Man’ is an ode to the annoying younger sibling which includes the lyrics, ‘He’ll bother you more than a 25-pound mosquito. He’ll scare you more than a broccoli burrito.’ Parents will appreciate the humor on tracks such as ‘Dads Who Rock’ and ‘For Those About to Walk, We Salute You.'
Family Fun Magazine (on Big Rock Rooster CD)
FamilyFun Magazine -- "Guitars A Go Go would be more like it -- this is the rockingest kids' album around. While purveyors of preschool fare often keep things mellow, (Daddy A Go Go) aims for the 'tweens here and turns up the amps, conjuring everything from R.E.M to T-Rex, with results that ensure whole-family enjoyment."