His 30-year-old song was played during the opening credits of a film about growing up.
Now, some of the kids who grew up listening to Barry Louis Polisar's songs - including "All I Want Is You," from the 2007 hit film "Juno" - have put out "We're Not Kidding! A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar," a 60-song, two-disc homage to the children's singer-songwriter.
The seed of "We're Not Kidding!" was planted a few years before "Juno," when Aaron Cohen of the L.A. band The Radioactive Chicken Heads covered Polisar's "Underwear." Cohen asked about putting together a tribute, and things got rolling.
"It's just amazing," says Polisar, chatting from his suburban Washington, D.C., home. "Not only to have my songs reinvented by these artists, but to have some of them tell me I was one of their first influences . . . so wonderful."
Included in the wide-ranging tribute - all the artists donated their time - are such fun classics as "My Brother Thinks He's a Banana," redone lovingly by Brooklyn band DeLeon. And "I'd Be Me," a jazzy take on the original by Polisar's son, Evan, and Cesar Cartagena. There are also hip-hop, bossa nova and klezmer versions of the Polisar canon. "I love the creations they've all done," Polisar says. "I can never top that."
"We're Not Kidding!" is available from iTunes, Amazon .com, cdbaby.com and barrylou.com.
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