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June 8, 2003 5:18 PM   Subscribe

Do you know the muffin man? If so, you've probably got a kid (or two) or were one once. That said, you'll probably dig the music of Ralph Covert, aka Ralph's World. My favorite is his first (self-titled) record, mostly for Freddy Bear the Teddy Bear and Drivin' in My Car. Give him a listen. (All of his albums are available from emusic.)
posted by dobbs (8 comments total)
You're right - I *was* a kid once! But that Muffin Man song never appealed to me. I think it was used for same lame commercial in the 70s that warped the song in my brain, so now I associate icky things with it.
posted by davidmsc at 5:50 PM on June 8, 2003

Girl you thought he was a man
But he was a muffin
He hung around till you found
That he didn't know nuthin'

posted by stifford at 6:06 PM on June 8, 2003

Ralph rules. Raffi meets ...well, someone you'd actually want to listen to.

My new favorite: "D-A-D-D-Y needs C-O-F-F-E-E."
posted by nance at 6:11 PM on June 8, 2003

For a six month period several years ago I signed everything Muffin Man for no good reason other than that I could. This included work reviews, bank statements, everything.
posted by internook at 1:30 AM on June 9, 2003

Here in the Chicago, Ralph is also known as the guitarist/singer for The Bad Examples, as well as an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music
posted by timsteil at 3:42 AM on June 9, 2003

IMO, the best kid's song ever is "Rippy the Gator" by the Arrogant Worms.

Billy and his family / Went on a holiday
They went down to Florida / To laugh and dance and play
Bill went in for a swim / He didn't see the harm
But when he came back out again / He was short an arm!

'Cause Rippy The Gator went CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP!
Rippy The Gator went CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP!
Passing the time
By ending children's lives
Down in the bottom of the Swamp, swamp, swamp...

The kids I know love singing it. Sadistic little bastards.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:48 AM on June 9, 2003

Covert rules. We found his work through our local library for my 2-year-old daughter. His 4(?) children's records are engaging and very well written - and he includes some greatr covers along with his original work and traditional music (The Banana Splits Theme, "Go Go Pogo")..

He's also a delightful live performer. Living in Chicagoland, he shows up in the area with regularity and the shows are great - just him, a Venti Starbucks, a guitar and a mess of dancing little moppets.

We had a 12-hour family trip last month, and I owe him my sanity, since his albums spent a lot of time in our CD player keeping our daughter humming and clapping along.
posted by phong3d at 8:59 AM on June 9, 2003

Two words: Laurie Berkner. I do know the muffin man, but Victor Vito kicks the muffin man's ass is a very lovely song. Guess that's $1.50 more in the swear-jar.
posted by daver at 10:36 PM on June 9, 2003

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