Hit the Playground With Recess Monkey: The Final Funktier

The following is by music columnist Jennifer Brown.

So there was once a time when I prided myself on knowing all of the words to Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice–don’t judge me too harshly I was 12, it was popular and I had a lot of time on my hands.

Today, I know just about every word to Recess Money’s latest release The Final Funktier. I guess it’s still a matter of popularity, as ever since we popped this CD into our car I often get a request for “the space album.”

Recess Monkey

I’d never heard of Recess Monkey until this album arrived in my mailbox, but now that I’m a fan in my own right, I can see why this Seattle based group has had such success.

The Final Funktier is their sixth album release; and this band, comprised of three elementary school teachers, has truly managed to capture the essence of this stage of life.

Their lyrics in songs like Science Fair, Sunglasses and Booster Seat are cleaver, memorable and relevant to the life of any kid whose moved into a booster seat, likes wearing sunglasses or participated in a science fair (or is just three and fascinated with the idea of a baking soda and vinegar volcano).  This is an album which will propel you – literally – with your Moon Boots and Jet Pack into the elementary school world.

The creativity and originality of this band’s lyrics is reminiscent of one of my other favorites They Might Be Giants.  Their performance style, while at times somewhat similar, is more akin to early tunes from The Beatles and even Buddy Holly.

Veterans of the Children’s Music Scene

Recess Monkey, although new to me, is not new to the children’s music scene.  They’ve been reviewed by an number of top media outlets including:  USA Today, NPR’s Morning Edition, KIWI magazine and SIRIUS/XM’s Kid’s Place Live.

My complaint?  The album has a run-time of 34 minutes, which means if you’ve got a morning of errands in the car you’ll listen to the whole album rather quickly—again and again.  Then you, too, can have the honor of knowing all of the lyrics to One Tiny Light (a personal favorite).

Check out this funky trio and their music via their website:  Recess Monkey Town


What songs do you remember memorizing all of the lyrics to when you were a kid?

About Jennifer

Jennifer, is a stay at home mom to two energetic, fun loving boys ages 6 and 2. She found a new passion in exploring great children's music after becoming a mom, which she blogs about at Swing Whistle Zing. Jennifer fancies finding quality tunes the whole family can enjoy, and dancing with her boys (both big and little) to her favorite songs that connect her to the past & keep her grounded in the present.

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  1. Not nearly as cool as Vanilla, Jr. high for me was the “Tiffany years” (and if you don’t know who Tiffany is, I’ll have to bust out a cassette tape player and introduce you LOL) with a little Whitney Houston, too 🙂

    Jennifer, I have to tell you that after I read your review when you turned it in I went to the Recess Monkey website – and the kids and I LOVED them! Final Funktier has been added to our collection and I think some more titles will be following suite. What fun! (What funk!)
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  2. We LOVE the Recess Monkeys! We have their last album, Field Trip, which is absolutely my daughter’s favorite music. Who doesn’t like a song written from the perspective of a sack lunch?!? or about going on a field trip to a marshmallow farm!? We haven’t picked up Final Funktier yet, but its on the list!

  3. I listened to many of my parents’ RECORDS (if anyone still knows what those are), and knew every word to every Monkees and Beach Boy album. Lol! Recess Monkey is awesome! Thanks for sharing!!
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  4. I had only heard of them from hearing them on Sirius’ kids channel (Jet Pack). Now I need to see if I can get my hands on the whole album. Thanks!

  5. I’ve never heard of this one but what a cool name! I’m a huge Beetles fan so I think I need to check these guys out.
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  6. Thanks! I never heard of this, but you make it sound fantastic!
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  7. Oh! I had no idea they had a new album. We, too, have been listening to their “Field Trip” album on repeat and I love that their songs are so clever and yet musically interesting. I hear my 3 year old humming along to “Knock-topus” and I crack up every time we get to “L.I.C.E. – Little Insects Crawling Everywhere.” I’ll be ordering this new album ASAP!
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