Lard Dog & The Band of Shy ‘Life’s A Real Dream’ (Music for Families)

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Lard Dog & The Band of Shy ‘Life’s A Real Dream’ (Music for Families)

Lard Dog & The Band of Shy have just journeyed from the planet Belopio to Earth to bring some wang dang diddle to your inner soul.  Drops March 11, 2016!


Q: Now who exactly is the Human Lard Dog? A: He’s the alter ego of artist Steven Erdman.

Steven Erdman’s work spans cartooning, animation, songwriting and live performance—complete with his whimsical, frivolous, and comedic sensibilities.  Okay, so there is some silliness afoot.  Just look at any photograph and there’s a fellow in yellow shorts with a name plate that reads “LARD,” an acronym you’ll discover stands for “Life’s A Real Dream.”  There are songs about “Yum Yum Head Gear,” a blue-tongued fellow named “Ploop,” and a smash hit dance craze called “The Pooky Do”, so I wouldn’t be shocked if you were a little confused about an album entitled  Lard Dog & The Band of Shy.  Erdman is a father of two sons, lives in the Catskills of NY with his family, and has been developing his alter ego Lard Dog for over two decades – which actually does show when you hear the album in full.  
Lard Dog & The Band of Shy
For those that follow Broadway and off-Broadway productions, you will know that Lard Dog & The Band of Shy just completed a 15-week off-Broadway run of “Life’s A Real Dream” at Manhattan’s 13th Street Repertory theatre.  It was met with rave reviews from press and local families.  In fact, the New York Times said that it delivers “a rockabilly sound….with a Devo sensibility.’  Since my husband and I are both Devo fans (and Bob and I saw Devo PLAY in their hometown area in Ohio well over a decade ago – and it was AWESOME!), we wanted to give this Lard Dog & The Band of Shy a shot to see if it fit into our family’s musical taste.
What we found in the Lard Dog & The Band of Shy album was a track listing full of introspection, reflection, and quite touching moments of humanity.  The catch phrases of the album consist of things like “you’re small, but your heart is tall,” and “it’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice.”  How could you not love that?  However, there is so much silliness thrown in and when you are talking about a dog who comes from a different planet, I suppose you will get a lot of fun but with a huge dose of heart.  As a shy person (especially as a child), I gravitated towards the themes of “When You’re Shy” and the notion that “Messed Up People Are Beautiful.”  Shyness is considered power and silly songs by a blue tongued thing called “Ploop” are fun and bring crazy dances but there is a special message that being different is a good thing and that all people (or things) deserve respect.  I was NOT expecting that type of theme in an album with the name ‘Lard Dog’ in the title!  It was surprisingly refreshing and fun and Steve – errr Lard Dog – is accompanied by a six piece band who are skilled musically and their songs are strong and a cool ‘intergalactic’ groove.  While young children may not grasp the entire message of Lard Dog, Bob and I certainly do, and as our girls grow older, songs like “Life’s a Real Dream” will mean more to them than just a catchy exterior of a children’s song.  And – I think that is really cool. 

Track Listing

  1. Lard Dog Howl
  2. Big Fat Red House
  3. Catch That Pretzel
  4. Do the Pooky Do
  5. Lard On Fresh Air
  6. I Dig Holes
  7. Go Lard Go
  8. Belopio
  9. Life is Like a Noodle
  10. Stupendous Holiday Finksten
  11. The Lard Conundrum
  12. When You’re Shy
  13. Messed Up People Are Beautiful
  14. He’s Ploop, Treat Him Nice
  15. Plop on Ploop
  16. He Ploop!
  17. Yum Yum Head Gear Co.
  18. Beeples, No Pie
  19. The Rhododendron Field
  20. Listen to the Bob Hope
  21. Belopian Pledge
  22. Life’s a Real Dream
  23. The Belopian Code

Check out for upcoming tour dates and where you can purchase the debut album!

Lard Dog & The Band of Shy ‘Life’s A Real Dream’ (Music for Families)

List Price: $ 9.99

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