Randy Kaplan | On the Phone on the Toilet

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On the Phone on the Toilet

by Randy Kaplan

Randy Kaplan is “offbeat, smart and funny, funny, funny!” (Mindy Thomas, SIRIUS-XM RADIO KIDS PLACE LIVE Music Director). NPR, The Nashville Blues Society, and PEOPLE magazine have named Randy one of the nation’s top family entertainers.
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The narrator of "On the Phone on the Toilet" is a kid named Bob. His mom's always on her cell phone. It bugs him. And that's putting it mildly. He thinks she's missing his entire childhood. But is she?

“Randy Kaplan is one of those happy-they-exist people you can’t quite tell is playing kids’ music. And yet he is” (NEW YORK magazine). His blend of American Roots Music and Comedic Storytelling has inspired the likes of NPR, The Nashville Blues Society, and PEOPLE magazine to name Randy one of the nation’s top family entertainers. As indebted to The Marx Brothers and Steve Martin as he is to Robert Johnson and Woody Guthrie, he is “offbeat, smart and funny, funny, funny!” (Mindy Thomas, SIRIUS-XM RADIO KIDS PLACE LIVE Music Director).

Randy’s recordings have won top honors from the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). He has been commissioned to write songs based on the classic picture books of Ezra Jack Keats and for a Disney Young Adult Novel. His songs have appeared in publications and on compilations such as LADYBUG MAGAZINE and PUTUMAYO.

Randy’s latest not-JUST-for-kids CD, Jam on Rye, features the Sirius-XM radio hits “Don’t Fill Up On Chips,” “Hockey Puck,” “Crew Cut,” “Burpity Burp Burp Burp,” and “Follow Your Nose.” It was recorded by Folk/Bluegrass master Mike West at his 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor in Lawrence, Kansas. A video of “Crew Cut” was created by Randy and Matt Kiel and can be viewed on Randy's YouTube channel.

Randy has acted in theater, films, and on television shows such as Growing Pains and A Different World. He wrote and starred in a musical comedy which was staged at the Boulder Fringe Festival, had his poetry published in periodicals and journals such as Ugly Duckling Presse (6x6 magazine) and The Missing Slate, and won several ASCAP awards for his work. He just never imagined that so many of his groupies would be under the age of nine. Randy lives with his wife and son in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

"On the Phone on the Toilet" Produced, Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Mike West
at 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor in Lawrence, Kansas

Randy Kaplan: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Mike West: Electric Guitar
Katie West: Upright Bass
Colin Mahoney: Drums
Bradford Hoopes: Hammond Organ
Choristers: Julian West, Sadie Capps, Vega West, Esther West, Arthur Mahoney, Elliot Mahoney, Ben Hoopes, Ian Hoopes, Addie Unekis, Joie Pellow

Bathroom phone photo by Sherri Solinger. (She used to play drums in Randy's band!)



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Paul Gimbel

Remake for the next generation
I have not heard this complete version, but this was a song called "Never Be Alone (A Kindhearted Lampoon)" from his 2-disc, not necessarily for kids, album "Perfect Gentleman." And naturally, it is one of my favorite tracks from that album full of great songs. This isn't the first song that Randy has re-released in a more kid-friendly version (see "Little Bee" also from "Perfect Gentleman" with a family version on "The Kids Are All Id."). It is so great to see these gems working their way to a new generation and a new audience. As my kids grow older and outgrow Kids Place Live, I'm glad that I can graduate them up to the rest of the Randy Kaplan masterpieces.