Monday, June 22, 2009

Get Your Groove On with Gustafer Yellowgold!

“Hey, man!” I said to my teenage son. “What’s happenin’? Those are some really groovy threads you got on!”

Yes, I’m stuck in the sixties after watching Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Fever DVD. It was a psychedelic trip! I even had my tie-dyed shirt on while I was watching it! This quirky DVD is mostly meant for kids, but adults will feel like they’ve traveled back in time to the days of Yellow Submarine and The Brady Bunch while watching this collection of animated music videos.

Each song tells about the life of a yellow alien with a pointy head who hails from the sun and arrives in Minnesota in his Sunpod. His many adventures take place in the treetops, in Butter Pond Lake and underwater! He also meets friends like Slim the eel, Wincey the ferret, Sisson the blue worm, and Forrest Applecrumbie, the pterodactyl! (Okay, I don’t think they had pterodactyls in the sixties, but this is a cartoon!)

So, while I’m taking a quirky trip down memory lane, my five-year-old son was mesmerized and saying things like, “Why does he comes from the sun? No one lives on the sun!” I was busy reading the song lyrics at the bottom of the screen so I could try to explain this kooky creature to my son. Fortunately, he had moved onto his next question.

There’s also a Bonus Feature on this DVD with “real people” who are interviewed about their mysterious sightings of Gustafer Yellowgold. It’s a hilarious mockumentary similar to those about people claiming to see the infamous Bigfoot or Loch Ness Monster.

All the videos on this DVD are available in normal or karaoke-style play. And there’s also an accompanying CD so you can get funky in the car with Gustafer Yellowgold. And should you become a Gustafer Yellowgold groupie, you’ll be happy to know that there are two other DVD/CD sets: Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wide Wild World and Gustafer Yellowgold’s ‘Have You Never Been Yellow?’.

You and your kids will also enjoy going to to play games, get downloads, watch videos, and buy Gustafer Yellowgold DVD/CD sets and merchandise. And find out if a live Gustafer Yellowgold show is coming to an arena near you! Gustafer’s creator/illustrator/songwriter, Morgan Taylor, takes Gustafer Yellowgold on the road for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

So, grab your bell-bottoms and your headband and watch Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Fever! He’s one cool character that you and your kids will never forget.

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  1. Anonymous7:58 PM

    Cute review. Our whole family loves Gustafer. It's nice to hear music for kids that doesn't drive us crazy.

    Not sure about your comparisons to the 1960s though.

    First of all, the music is decidedly inspired by 1970s soft rock -- sounds more like the band America than anything emanating from the British Invasion.

    More importantly, while this stuff is very creative and fantastic it is decidedly NOT psychedelic (unless one would label the main themes -- acceptance, loyalty, nonconformity, accepting others, etc.) as "groovy."

    I just mention this bc there ARE a lot of kids projects that are pretty psychedelic -- or at least that's the catch-all phrase for the stuff that doesn't make much sense.

    But as unique and unusual as the Gustafer is, it is not crackpot, psychedelic or stoner rock for kids -- it's actually very well-conceived.

    Anyway, great review. We were early fans of this project and are happy more people are getting "turned on." (and by that, we mean "aware of.")


  2. To "Anonymous":
    I'm glad that you and your family like the music of Gustafer Yellowgold, too. Actually, it was the Los Angeles Times who first called Gustafer Yellowgold's world "slightly psychedelic," and Time Out NY Kids compared Morgan Taylor's "catchy melodies" to Paul McCartney, and his "offbeat lyrics... [and] surreal visuals" to John Lennon. They noted that Taylor's songs are "regularly compared to The Beatles." The Beatles, of course, hail mainly from the '60s, which is why I brought up that era. However, I do admit to being a child of 6 when the '60s ended, so I'm in no way an expert on the music of that era. Bottom line: I never meant to imply in the least that the music didn't "make much sense" or was "stoner rock for kids." My children wouldn't be watching the DVD again today if that were my opinion.
    Respectfully, Susan


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