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.