The ultimate showdown between these two kids’ entertainment heavyweights. Now… fight!
With 25 years of roaming the globe and waking up Jeff behind them, The Wiggles are Australia’s premier children’s entertainment group. They offer kids a huge back-catalogue of instantly recognisable songs to dance and sing along to, and they’ve even managed to make the skivvy a fashionable item for kids.
One of the strengths of The Wiggles appeal is the huge diversity of their music. From basic four-on-the-floor rock to opera to folk to nursery rhymes, they cover the gamut of musical styles, giving kids a taste of everything before they even know there’s a feast.
In recent times, the group’s family-friendly image has broken wide open with tales of behind-the-scenes machinations, but their main fan base doesn’t seem to mind who wears the yellow skivvy so long as he (or she) keeps driving the Big Red Car. With a few recent retirements and a few new faces (including the first she-Wiggle), the brand seems to be going from strength to strength.
Yo Gabba Gabba!
A US television show airing on Nick Jr. (cable), Yo Gabba Gabba! takes children’s music out of the nursery and into the nightclub. With guests including The Killers, Devo, My Chemical Romance, Jack Black and The Ting Tings, Yo Gabba Gabba! is as much fun for young parents as it is for young kids. Bright and colourful, the show features animation and visuals that evoke memories of retro video games and TV shows.
But what about the music? The show was created by two dads who didn’t feel that children’s entertainment had enough in the way of real artists and performers. Now DJ Lance Rock and his magic boom box, Biz Markie and his beatboxing techniques, and the thoroughly contemporary soundtrack have kids dancing along to tunes that don’t drive their parents mad!