Are children ages 5-12 desperate to be introduced to hair-metal ballads that are decades older than they are? Kidz Bop, the now-venerable series of age-appropriate kid-chorus cover compilations, hopes so: May 17 will see the release of Kidz Bop Sings Monster Ballads. Life As I Know It‘s own Bret Michaels and his daughters Raine and Jorja have recorded what will likely be the jewel of this volume: a re-recording of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” which Michaels originally sang with Poison in 1988, and which was previously anthologized on Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition. This time around, his daughters take the lead, with Bret on guitar.
Kidz Bop has been much-mocked, mainly by childless listeners who
- have never had to debate the moral consequences of letting their young kids listen to objectionable music, and
- choose not to recall the aesthetic choices they themselves made when 5-12 years of age.
(Glee cast recordings suffer from the same criticism—amid valid ones, to be sure.)
Teaming with Monster Ballads may not help this, but unless these detractors can take advice from the “kidz” covering Guns N’ Roses (“Patience,” get it?), probably nothing can. On the bright side, thanks to the Michaels family’s contribution to Kidz Bop Sings Monster Ballads, a portion of the album’s proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Michaels has also contributed a substantial prize pack (transportation, tickets and a meet-and-greet at an upcoming Bret Michaels concert, plus a Dean Guitars “Jorja-Raine acoustic guitar” designed by Bret) for the winner of a Kidz Bop online “Air Guitar Super Contest.”
This may explain why the “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” duet that Bret Michaels recorded last year with Miley Cyrus is in limbo. TMZ connected the delayed release of that version of the song to rumors linking Michaels romantically to Cyrus’s mother, Tish. But if this version was in the works, the explanation is probably merely legal.