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My First Record with Mike Park

In 1985 I discovered a punk band from Reno, NV called 7 Seconds. A skater friend of mine dubbed me a copy of the album The Crew. This became my soundtrack for the next 27 years.

This was an album that changed my entire perspective on the power lyrics can have through music. I thought punk was about wanting a Pepsi, Anarchy Burgers, and TV parties. 7 Seconds brought an entirely new dimension to the plate. Singing about feminist rights, anti-racist action, and of staying young until you die. It was the opposite of what mainstream ’80s media portrayed punk to be.

Many hours have been spent skateboarding to this album and I still find myself playing it loud whilst working away in the garage. When I was 25 years old, my old band got to open for 7 Seconds and I was lucky enough to exchange numbers with the singer. And now almost 20 years later, I’ve released two solo albums for Kevin Seconds, and I still pinch myself that I’m working with one of my idols.

The music and message of The Crew are still as relative today as they were nearly 30 years ago. The music made me want to be a positive force in life, and for that I am forever grateful.

Check out Mike Park’s latest venture, the kindie label Fun Fun Records, whose roster includes members of Skankin’ Pickle, the Bouncing Souls, and the Groovie Ghoulies.

Mike Park Is Having Fun Fun Fun

Oh, I know Dan Walsh and Dave Loftin are going to be thrilled about this news: Ska punk legend and budding kindie phenom Mike Park had so much fun making his first family music album, Smile, that he’s decided to go and start an entire frigging kids’ label.

Christened Fun Fun Fun Records, Park’s new imprint is dedicated to, in his words, keeping “DIY PUNK ethics intact while providing quality and educational music for our kids.” And he’s off to a quick start, with an early slate of releases that includes records from:

Play Date (featuring Greg Attonito from the Bouncing Souls along with wife Shanti Wintergate)
Kepi Ghoulie (from the Groovie Ghoulies)
Happy Wags (featuring Jesse Wagner from the Aggrolites)
Dan Potthast (from MU330)
…and, of course, Mike Park

And the best part is that you can sample Fun Fun Fun’s wares — right now and for free. Just head over to the label’s site to download a five-song digital sampler. Our advice: Play it loud.

CD Review: Mike Park, “Smile”

My taste in music developed during the mid ’90s, and the resurgence of ska/punk – with artists like Mustard Plug, Toasters, Skofflaws, MU330, and, of course, Skankin’ Pickle – was a big part of that development. To me, it always seemed that ska and kids’ music were a natural fit for each other. Luckily for fans of the genre, Skankin’ Pickle front man Mike Park just released Smile, his first foray into the kindie music scene. My inner punk/ska nerd’s head exploded.

Mike doesn’t break the mold too much on the tried-and-true ska/punk formula. The opening track, “Wiggly Wiggly Worm,” kicks off like a typical ska tune: chicken-scratching guitar and saxophone. “We All Live At Animal Park” is an acoustic gem that closes the album; your kids will be singing along with it after one listen. “Everybody Loves to Jump” will have your kids following along with the instructions — “Move your arms, shake your head, swing your hips from side to side, exercise is fun!” (Keeping to Park’s roots, this track includes a subtle Operation Ivy reference.)

Other topics include eating apples, bus driver Gus, frogs and playing the saxophone. It’s stuff that’s been covered many times before, but Park breathes some fresh life into the genre.

At 23 minutes long, the twelve tracks fly by at a blistering pace with most tracks being well short of two minutes. After one listen to some songs, my daughter was already saying: “Again.” The songs are bouncy, catchy, simple, fun, sweet and just goofy enough to keep your kids listening. Even if you weren’t into the punk/ska scene from the mid ’90s, Mike Park’s debut kindie record is definitely worth the $8.

Check out the video for “We All Live At Animal Park”

Tracklist:
1. Wiggly Wiggly Worm
2. Apple’s Are My Favorite
3. Little Green Frog
4. Everybody Loves To Jump
5. I Can See The Ocean
6. 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..Drums
7. When The Light Turns Red You Stop
8. Paint With Me
9. Turn Off The Lights
10. Bus Driver Gus
11. I Love To Play My Saxaphone
12. We All Live At Animal Park

Order ‘Smile’ right here for $8Bonus: A custom made four-pack of crayons with a cartoon of MIKE PARK’S face come with each record!

Double Bonus: According to this interview,  Mike plans on releasing more kindie albums from members of Bouncing Souls, Groovie Ghoulies, and MU330.