It's Doodlemania!

Date: March 24th, 2006
Mike Ross, Edmonton Sun


The historic first interview with the Doodlebops was confusing for both subject and interviewer.

It was supposed to be "in character," but it was hard to tell.

The blue-haired guitarist named "Rooney" didn't seem like he was pretending.

The Doodlebops play tonight at the Jubilee Auditorium and present two shows tomorrow at the Myer Horowitz Theatre.

Then we played a game.

It was decided to ask Rooney the same questions that the actual Beatles faced during their first American press conference in 1964 - since the Toronto trio is likened to the Beatles of the pre-school set, causing Doodlemania wherever they go.

Rooney wasn't apprised of this ahead of time, however, which might've been preferable, but he did his best. These are odd questions for children's entertainers. There is, for instance, no campaign we know of in Detroit to "stamp out the Doodlebops." Quite the contrary. Already big in Canada, the Doodlebops television show is a big hit on Disney's Playhouse channel.

Why? Because this is possibly the first rock 'n' roll band aimed at preschoolers.

Also featuring pink-haired singer Deedee and orange-haired drummer Moe Doodle, the Doodlebops leap off the TV screen into brightly coloured real life, riding high on the massive breakthrough success of such hits as Count To 10, Look in a Book and Wobbly Whoopsy.

Ladies and gentlemen ... the Doodlebops!

Q: What do you think of Beethoven?

ROONEY: What do I think of Beethoven? A great musician.

Q: In Detroit, there are people handing out car stickers saying, "Stamp out the Doodlebops." What do you think of that?

ROONEY: "Stamp out the Doodlebops?" I didn't even know that. That's news to me. What do I say to that? (long pause) ... That's not really nice.

Q: What do you make of the comment that you're nothing but a bunch of Canadian Wiggles?

ROONEY: Oh, that's not true. I think we represent more than just Canada. I think we're bigger.

Q: Does all that hair help you sing?

ROONEY: Yeah, it makes me me, which makes me sing better.

Q: If you lost your hair, do you think you'd lose what you have? It?

ROONEY: Yeah, I think we each have our own look, especially with me. I know I love mine and I think I would lose whatever spunk and personality that my hair gives me.

Q: How many of you are bald that you have to wear those wigs?

ROONEY: Pardon? ... None!

Q: Are you for real?

ROONEY: Of course we're for real.

Q: Are you going to get a haircut at all while you're here?

ROONEY: No, we probably won't have time. We're just in town for a bit.

Q: What do you think your music does for these people?

ROONEY: I think it makes people laugh and have fun and get up and dance, which is our point. I think there are always good messages about sharing and getting along.

Q: What does it excite them so much?

ROONEY: I think there's a good beat. I think it's also really important that you can always identify a certain time with the music.

Every genre and every age group can do it, whether you're an adult or not. Everyone can remember when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show. We want to be that band for little kids. They get to have their songs for their time for them. That's a gold star for me, about the music.

Do you think those dumb reporters in 1964 would've asked better questions had they known how big the Beatles would be? Does the same go for the Doodlebops? Only history will say.

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