Sesame Street vs. Yo Gabba Gabba! The Musical Battle for Your Kids' Coolness

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Sesame Street wants your kids to be cool. And not by learning the alphabet, easy addition or "good government bullshit" (sorry, it's the 20th anniversary of the release of GoodFellas).

No, they're doing it through pop music.

This week, The Street (I hear that's what the cool toddlers are calling it now) teased its lineup of musical guests--which include Katy Perry, will.i.am, Justin Timberlake, U2 and Usher--for its 41st season. This has lead Entertainment Weekly to declare that Sesame Street is "still the coolest show on TV," citing non-singing guests like Jason Bateman, Oprah and Chris O'Donnell (the actor, not the Tea Partying ex-witch) to support its claim.

Pardon my rubber ducky, EW, but I think you're forgetting about the new kid on the block, our locally bred show (created by the Aquabats) that is making Sesame Street step up its game: Yo Gabba Gabba!

There's no denying that Sesame Street has cultivated its musical cred over the years by featuring the likes of Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and others at the peaks of their powers. But we live in the world of "what have you done for me lately?" That's where you have to give YGG! (no toddler--cool or otherwise--calls it by that name) its due. The Nick Jr. has booked acts like the Ting TingsMates of StateMGMTLady Tigra and the Postmarks. Hell, the show even keeps Biz Markie and Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh in house to perform.

To try to get a handle on this debate that no one is discussing, I compared some of the Sesame Street's recent musical guests with those on Yo Gabba Gabba! to see who out-cools whom. 

John Legend vs. The Roots




Which show's cooler? On the surface, this looks like it would be close, but it's no contest. There is no musical act right now that is cooler than the Roots. Don't take my word for it; just ask Jimmy Fallon. He's gotten cooler just been hanging out with them on a nightly basis. Yo Gabba Gabba!


Feist vs. Of Montreal

Which show's cooler? It's the Tangle From the Tundra! The Uprising From Up North! The Clash of the Caroling Canucks! Well, it would be if Of Montreal was actually from Canada. And it's that type of artistic dishonesty that kids shouldn't be exposed to. Plus, what kid wouldn't want to spend a day hanging out with Feist? Sesame Street




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