Choo Choo Trains, Propeller Planes & Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car! Performed by The Wiggles. CD. Approx. 49 min. The Wiggles Pty Ltd. 2020. CD: $14.99.
For almost 30 years, this multi-award winning group from Australia has been entertaining and teaching preschool children with their age-appropriate songs. The current group is comprised of Anthony Field, Lachlan (Lachy) Gillespie, Simon Pryce, and Emma Watkins, performing 23 songs in a variety of rock and pop musical styles. The band pours on the Aussie accent for “Old Man Emu” (he can’t fly, but he can run the pants off a kangaroo). And conscious of current events, they urge listeners to engage in “Social Distancing,” suggesting that listeners stay home and use video calls to visit Nana. “The Handwashing Song” teaches listeners when, how often, and how to kill germs on their hands. In “Wiggle at Home” listeners are encouraged to find pots and pans and form their own band. “Beatrice Bee” celebrates honeybees and worker bees. In more operatic voices, they cover Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Sun, Whose Rays are All Ablaze” (from The Mikado). “How Good Is That” includes a short instrumental chorus from the Irish song “I’ll Tell Me Ma.” The rest of the songs showcase various types of transportation, including walking, space travel, swimming, surfing, trains, planes, automobiles, and even wheelchairs: “Trains, Planes and the Big Red Car,” “Trains Rolling Down the Track,” “Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car,” “Moose in the Caboose,” “Paddlin’ Australia,” “Big, Big Heart,” “Rocket Ship,” “Watching the Planes,” “Emma’s Bowmobile, Beep Beep,” “Are We There Yet,” “Zoo Be Doo Dee,” “Walk,” “Do the Propeller,” “We Fly the Plane to the Outback,” “Wheels on the Wheelchair Go Round and Round,” and “Roll the Acrobats.” There is plenty in this ambitious album for old and new fans alike to love.Website: thewiggles.com.au