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Yo Gabba Gabba! Is Proof That Kids Like Awesome Music

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Jacobs says driving around listening to music with his kids is what inspired him to team up with co-creator Scott Schultz, a veteran of the O.C. indie and shoegaze scene, to create Yo Gabba Gabba!.

"Scott and I have known each other since high school, and we'd go to concerts and play music together. Scott was actually a wedding DJ for a long time, and I would go help him and pick songs," he says. "We're all super into music. Something we wanted to do was put that out there . . . We'd listen to music in our car with our own kids. They were singing right along with us, with The Ramones, Mos Def, or whatever. The thing we dealt with was, our adult music isn't very appropriate lyrically for kids, so we [decided we were] going to try and incorporate these musical styles into the landscape of the show, and hopefully we could bring some of these bands -- the bands we love and we worship -- over to the show and have them do a song that would work for kids. It's worked out really great, better than we even expected."

Quick -- name a cool band. Got one? Chances are they've appeared on the Nickelodeon show: Solange Knowles, Devo, Rahzel, The Shins, The Roots, Jimmy Eat World, Mariachi El Bronx, Weezer, Cut Copy, and countless more. San Diego post-punk band Rocket from the Crypt even reunited on the show, amidst a cast of bright monsters and giant robots.

"It's crazy how many of our favorite bands have been on the show," Jacobs says.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.