A couple of months ago, we here at It's Who You Know (along with about six million other people) were bitten by a rather infectious blog meme in the form of the Kidz Bop Kids' rendition of "Float On," the painfully ubiquitous Modest Mouse single of last year. Kidz Bop is a brilliantly misguided (and incredibly successful) production scheme that markets shoddily re-recorded renditions of questionable Top 40 hits to children--appropriately sanitized, and sung by a very eager children's chorus. (Incidentally, Kidz Bop 7--the record that features "Float On"--debuted at number seven on the Billboard charts). The mysterious production peeps behind the "Kidz Bop Kids" have been shitting out a new collection of kiddie pap every few months for the past four years--covering the likes of OutKast, No Doubt, Bowling For Soup (yes!), Pink, Sheryl Crow, and Evanescence--and somehow, in their ridiculousness, making most songs considerably more listenable than the originals.

Of course, the best aspect of the Kidz Bop empire is the producers' flagrant (and unintentionally awesome) disregard for many of the songs' questionable content. Over backing tracks that sound like ringtone versions of the originals, a gaggle of children giddily shriek about suicide and hopelessness in Good Charlotte's "Hold On" ("Your mother's gone and your father hits you/This pain you cannot bear") and Evanescence's "My Immortal" ("These wounds won't seem to heal/This pain is just too real"). Better still is the blatant sexual innuendo--see Maroon 5's "This Love" ("I tried my best to feed her appetite/Keep her coming every night/So hard to keep her satisfied") and "She Will Be Loved"--a ballad to a prostitute.

In a show of uncharacteristic appropriateness, we sort of lost touch with the Kidz Bop phenomenon soon after the "Float On" explosion subsided. But with the track list for Kidz Bop 8 recently announced (Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Gwen Stefani's "Rich Girl," that Nelly/Tim McGraw jam, and--yes!--"Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand among them), and the album's first video rubbing elbows with bloggers again (a rework of Kelly Clarkson's guilt-free pleasure "Since U Been Gone"), Kidz Bop's creepy omnipresence has once again reared its ugly head. Here's hoping Stefani's creepy Asian fetishism'll seep into the pre-tween set as well.