Wonder how Lady GaGa’s “Telephone” or Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” could be appropriate for kids? Well a contributor for a New York City culture web site, The AWL, took the time to write down the real version and the Kidz Bop version of 13 lyric changes on Kidz Bop 18. It’s interesting to see what references were cut and how they were replaced.
You can see all 13 swapped out song lyrics on The AWL, but here a few samples of the editors at Kiz Bop work.
“9. “Wrap it up / Can’t stop ’cause it feels like it’s really close” (Wrap it up / Can’t stop ’cause it feels like a overdose,” from Cascada’s “Evacuate The Dancefloor”)”
“7. ‘Out in the club and I’m eating that grub / And you’re not gonna reach my telephone’ (’Out in the club and I’m sippin that bubb / And you’re not gonna reach my telephone,’ from Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s ‘Telephone’)”
“6. ‘Don’t want to miss / Don’t want too much / Just walk away from me and hush’ (’Don’t wanna kiss / Don’t wanna touch / Just smoke my cigarette and hush,’ from Lady Gaga’s ‘Alejandro’)”
“3. ‘And I cannot text you when I’m going to dance, ay’ (’And I cannot text you with my drink in my hand, eh?,’ from Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s ‘Telephone’)”
“1. “[ ]” (Snoop Dogg’s entire contribution to Katy Perry’s ‘California Gurls’)”
So apparently references to drinking, smoking and Snoop Dogg are verbotin on KidzBop albums. I’m wondering if they left in Katy Perry’s line about freak in the jeep. Rose loves that song and the chorus and first verse aren’t too bad. I just keep hoping she doesn’t notice the freak in the jeep line. I can appreciate that Rose likes the beats and the music. I’m grateful that she literally can’t make out what a lot of the singers are saying. She mumbles her way through a lot of the more questionable lyrics. I did explain what Daisy Dukes were to Rose.
Do you let your kids listen to the real pop version of these songs? Do you buy the Kidz Bop albums? How do you feel about them? Do your kids like the Kidz Bop albums? Do you these changes sanitize the songs enough for your kids to listen?