Continuing with their wonderful run of songs that are equally appropriate for kids as well as adults, The Roughhousers’ latest single, ‘Baby Brother’, is their take on the rockabilly classic by Bill Carter & The Rovin Gamblers, originally released back in 1959. We’re excited to premiere the fantastic new music video, which accompanies the single.
The music video for ‘Baby Brother’ sees Grey DeLisle singing from the point of view of an older sibling, about their new baby brother who doesn’t seem to be interested in doing things like everyone else. In fact, they are incredibly different – baby brother in learning to crawl, chooses to do it on the kitchen wall rather than ambulate across the floor; he’s also fond of swimming in the fishbowl, which is okay, so long as he doesn’t eat the fish. It’s easy to think that this might stem from some resentment of the attention that baby brother is getting, until you hear that the family originally found him on the front porch in a “crazy little basket”…and his hair is blue…but they think the “otherworld” of him.
It seems that we may have a clue to the origins of the baby brother, when in the final verse, the sibling,
“bought my baby brother a toy balloon / he let it get away, and it floated toward the moon / instead of crying he climbed up on the fence / started flapping his arms and we ain’t seen him since”
It’s a bittersweet end to the song but the child rationalises it in their own lovely way, with the line, “although you’re out in outer spaces I can still see your faces”. What happened to the baby brother? Perhaps we’ll find out one day!
The Roughhousers are not just known for their great music but also the wonderful videos that accompany their releases, and ‘Baby Brother’ is certainly no exception, with a fantastic animated clip, that sees Grey DeLisle floating in space on a small satellite not much bigger than her, as a tiny rocket takes off, presumably with Baby Brother inside. The clip illustrates the lyrics in a brightly coloured retro style, and Roughhousers guitarist Eddie Clendening pops up as the baby brother himself in the “crazy basket” – complete with blue hair. It’s a great song and a fab video and will keep both kids and adults alike well and truly entertained!
Grey and Eddie are joined by their bandmates, Deke Dickerson, pianist Carl Sonny Leland, bassist Murry Hammond of The Old 97s, and X’s drummer DJ Bonebrake on their mission to create unique tunes, and ‘Baby Brother’ is a fun and very welcome addition to their rapidly increasing repertoire, which also includes previous releases, ‘Princess Mike‘ ‘Azucar‘, and ‘Toenail Soup’.
Watch the fab video for ‘Baby Brother’ below and follow The Roughhousers online on their official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t forget to also check out more about Grey DeLisle on her website too!