Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rockin' The Suburbs

I’m always amazed by the diversity of songs on my older son’s iTouch. He gets his favorite songs from movies he has seen. He has songs by Elvis, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Coolio among a huge smattering of names.

One movie he liked a lot a few years back was “Over the Hedge.” Among the tunes in Over the Hedge was a rewrite of a Ben Folds song called Rockin’ the Suburbs. The lyrics were funny. The song also had a monologue from William Shatner, who voiced one of the characters in the movie.

My wife listened to Rockin’ the Suburbs on my son’s iTouch recently and got a shock. Neither of us had ever heard the original version before, but found the original lyrics to be unsuitable for children.

We explained the situation to our son and he knew he’d have to get rid of the song. We also explained that he wouldn’t be able to get his money back. He’d made the purchase. Unfortunately, he didn’t realize what he’d bought.

We looked for the version from Over The Hedge but were unable to find it on iTunes. We told him that if he really wanted it, he could buy the movie soundtrack. I’m thankful that he understands our decision.

Readers, what would you have done? Would you have let your child keep it? Would you have tried to get your child’s money back? I’d like to know.


irishoma said...

From what you've written, it sounds to me like you did the absolute right thing. Also, posting about the unsuitable lyrics to make others aware is a wise move.
Donna v.

Tami Brothers said...

I agree. You did the right thing. I actually gave in a number of years ago and let my son by a Soulja Boy rap CD (I know I totally butchered that name...). Hubby and I thought we were doing the right thing. We talked to radio DJs who assured us this was a teenage kid singing and that there was nothing wrong with the songs. Then we listened to the lyrics ourselves (really big deal because we are more country people than rap). It wasn't until Hubby was talking to some young adults in one of his college classes that we found out what some of the lyrics really meant. I was shocked and then realized that a few other songs I thought were okay were actually not.

We explained the reason behind taking it away. Then when he still really wanted a rap CD, we got with my nephew who is a youth minister. And who coordinates the rock bands for some worldwide rock jam thingy. He put together an awesome CD that was mostly Christian songs. Funny thing is, I've listed to the radio station and several of these songs are played. Pretty cool.

Hope you guys find the right CD. I'm sure they will thank you for this one day... :)