NME 11th April 2010


Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has teamed up with Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke to record a children’s album.

‘Rhythm Train’, which has been co-produced by Smith with LA kids’ singer Leslie Bixler, sees the sticksman play vocal characters like a pirate and train conductor on several tracks.

“I may not be playing as hard but I still am trying to be creative,” Smith told Spinner.com, of playing drums compared with the Chili Peppers. “It’s just trying to make the songs as good as I can. That doesn’t change.”

Songs that appear on the 13 track album include ‘Roly Poly In My Guacamole’ and ‘Lotta Dinosaur’.

“At my age, my generation, we are not particularly rap-crazy,” Van Dyke added. “Rap has a great beat, but I swear to God, I have never been able to understand one word. I don’t know what they’re saying.”

“I am certainly no rapper but I helped guide Dick with it the first day. It was pretty funny,” Smith added.

To listen to the album go to theRhythmtrain.com.

Source: http://www.nme.com/news/red-hot-chili-peppers/50606

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