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Album Review

This album really does deliver on its title, because it's tuneful and sunny enough for children to enjoy, yet also clever enough for their parents to appreciate. The conceits behind the songs are playful and true to toddler life: the instantly recognizable subject of "Mine!," the bad-hair-day saga of "My Hair Had a Party Last Night," and the morning household chaos of "Baby's Got the Car Keys." More importantly, these are largely performed in a live setting, which allows the duo to engage in stage banter and one-upmanship, as when "18 Wheels on a Big Rig" turns into a counting contest — in Roman numerals (!). Trout Fishing also includes a few of their "grown-up" tunes on the album; these aren't anything that children can't listen to as well, but frankly, these songs just aren't as compelling. The children's set on Family Music Party, though, is a fine addition to any parent's collection of children's music.

Customer Reviews

Trout Fishing STILL Is the Best.

This brings back some memories. I was listening to it again, and I realized that it's still as funny and basically awesome as ever. Good for everyone, not just 7-year-olds. Listen to the audience, and you hear the parents laughing, not just the kids.

i <3 this album

It really is a family music party. It is so fun to rock out on kids' music!

these guys are awesome.

I used to listen to Trout a lot when I was in elementary school, and I had this album on cassette, and now I find it on iTunes...awesome. I saw them twice as a kid. TFIA is better live than in the studio, and this recording proves it. Even now that I'm in college I still get a kick out of them, and you will too.


Formed: 1979

Genre: Children's Music

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Taking their name from the novel by Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America formed in 1979 from the remnants of the Houston-based unit St. Elmo's Fire. An acoustic folk-rock duo comprised of vocalist/guitarist Ezra Idlet and vocalist/bassist Keith Grimwood, they earned their greatest success performing music for children, beginning with 1991's Big Trouble. In addition to their kid-friendly songwriting, the band also delighted children with their rather arresting physical appearance, which saw...
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