I can still remember the first time I ever played drums of any sort. I don’t remember the exact circumstances, as I was a bit young, but I recall visiting some folks with my dad. These folks had a son younger than me, and he had a kids drum set. I had no idea what I was doing, but as soon as I got the okay to start playing those drums I beat the living hell out of ’em.
And you know, while those drum sets are great for kids, they’re also good for professional musicians who are looking to play in a confined space, like Tommy Street of The Spades from that time they played in the back of the Bandwagon:
It’s also a pretty common thing for musicians to play with kids instruments ironically, like these guys performing a Slayer medley:
Now often you’ll find these instruments for sale at big department stores or tech stores, like Best Buy for example. These guys put on their own black metal show at Best Buy using similar instruments:
But it looks like there’s a band out there who have made a name for themselves playing gigs exclusively using these kids instruments. They’re called The Wackids, and well… They’ve certainly found their niche.
Here they are covering Rage Against The Machine‘s Killing In The Name:
From left to right, that’s Blowmaster (seriously, that’s his name) playing an Otamatone, Bongostar playing the Spiderman drums, and Speedfinger on the Pee Wee Les Paul.
That Otamatone caught my attention. I’d never really seen one before but it looks like fun… And there are plenty of Otamatone covers on YouTube, like this one for example:
Want to see some more of The Wackids? I knew you would, so here they are covering AC/DC‘s Back In Black:
A little Bohemian Rhapsody on Stylophones? Good call!
Here, they take on Deep Purple‘s Smoke On The Water, aka the first thing most kids learn to play on the guitar:
Their cover of Metallica‘s Enter Sandman is pretty spot-on too:
And here they are covering The Beatles‘ Yellow Submarine… on a yellow paddleboat:
Want to find out more about them? Search “The Wackids” on YouTube, or check out their Facebook page HERE. I hope you can read French!