Jumpin’ Jamie is a unique force in the kindie scene (kindie = kids + indie music), and on April 22 — Earth Day — he’ll drop a new album that seeks to usher in a new era of “Anarchy in the Pre-K.” Never Mind The Blocks, Here’s Jumpin’ Jamie throws a nod to the Sex Pistols’ legendary 1977 album while simultaneously delivering a thoughtful dose of high energy (and extremely catchy) pop songs for kids. Across a dozen tracks, Jamie shares messages intended to inspire kids to see the good in the world while reminding them of their own strengths and power.
The Toy Insider has your exclusive first look at the music video for the album’s first single, “I Don’t Wanna Dance (Just Like Everyone).” The bouncy track features a sing-along chorus that reminds kids to just do their own thing — that they don’t have to dance like everyone else! In the video, Jumpin’ Jamie and his band perform for a group of kids in New Jersey who bust out some moves and grooves of their own while Jamie works the frets of his Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Bullseye guitar.
Never Mind The Blocks, Here’s Jumpin’ Jamie is produced by John Naclerio (My Chemical Romance) and Mark Hamilton (Ash) and features guest appearances from Rick McMurray (Ash), Tina Kenny Jones (Danny Weinkauf’s Red Pants Band), and Chris Palmieri (Universal Kids’ Snug’s House), among others.
In honor of Earth Day, the new album is available on a plantable download card that is printed on wildflower seed paper and will grow Sweet Alyssum, Bird’s Eye, Black-Eyed Susan, Clarkia, Snap Dragon, and Catchfly flowers. The album will be sold on a “pay what you can” model starting as low as $3.
While concerts and touring plans are on hold right now due to the spread of COVID-19, kids can look for Jumpin’ Jamie to make an appearance on Sesame Street season 51 next year.