Interview: Go-Kart Records' Greg On "Brats On The Beat"

posted November 29, 2006

by Corinne

Go-Kart Records' Greg On How are you?

I am well, thank you.

Why don't you introduce yourself and how you got involved with the "Brats On The Beat" project and where the idea came from.

My name is Greg and I am the founder of Go-kart Records (feel free to laugh or applaud here). The idea for Brats On The Beat came from two places. A friend of mine told me that one morning, when he thought his daughter was asleep, he put on the Ramones. A little while later he turned around and saw her dancing away and giggling. Obviously one must question his parenting skills, but not his taste in music.

A few months after he told me that story, I was visiting my family and realized, to my horror, that my nieces were following my sister's (their motherís) footsteps and listening to bad music. I had failed in my effort to get my sister to listen to turn off the crap, I would not fail again! And since I wanted to keep my status as #1 Uncle I had to save the day. Brats On The Beat: Ramones For Kids was born that day. I figure, brainwash 'em young, sort of like religions do.

There seem to be a lot of kid oriented albums of rock classics coming out. What makes "Brats On The Beat" different than the others?

Well for one, the music will appeal to both parents and kids. It's a fun record and of course, it features some great songs. Also, unlike everyone else who is looking to make a quick buck in the kids market, we are doing this for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds goes to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

The album has quite a diverse selection of artists - from The Dwarves to The Donnas. How did you come up with the list of artists and what kind of responses did you get from the musicians that you asked to participate on the album?

Almost all of the credit for this record goes to Jennifer Precious Finch formerly of L7 and currently in the band The Shocker. I told her my idea and she ran with it. She broke out her rolodex and got to work. If you like the record she deserves all the credit, if not, blame me.

Were there any artists that you asked but turned you down?

No comment.

Will Go-Kart Records be doing any more kid-oriented albums?

Who knows? Wait according to Pitchfork, most of our pop punk records are for kids. Just kidding Pitchfork, don't hate us.

Are there any bands whose music would not work on a kid friendly album?

More like, "are there any bands that would?" There are a lot of bands that have a song or two that would work, but I don't think there are many that you could do a full album of kid songs. We have had some funny emails from people with recommendations for future "kiddified" records.

Do you have a favorite track on "Brats On The Beat?"

Hmm - I love them all, but if you twist my arm... I would say is Sheena Is A Punk Rocker. The singer on it is Josie Cotton from the 80's hit "Johnny Are You Queer Boy" (see the Valley Girl movie soundtrack if you aren't familiar).

Anything you would like to add?

Sure - Brats On The Beat: Ramones For Kids is in stores now! Please check it out at www.gokartrecords.com or at myspace.com/BratsOnTheBeat and then go and buy copies for yourself and all your loved ones!