January 26, 2008

Everybody’s talkin’ ’bout the new sound

LOS ANGELES, CA – The debut album for the band DC Motema Pembe, titled When You Feel Wrong, is due to be released on Valentines Day in 2008. The duo from Southern California has been prominent in the local underground music scene for the past two years and is best known for their ska/jazz/punk rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

Boy/girl twins, who in real life go by the names Swee’Pea and TheMonk, formed DC Motema Pembe in late 2006 when they felt their musical tastes weren’t being represented on the local kiddy rock scene. The name of the band, as told by their father and band manager, is a compilation of a few areas. “DC”, for example, stands for “Damn Cute” while “Motema” is Swahili for the word “Monk” and “Pembe” is derived from the full name of Swee’Pea whose full name is actually Swee’Pembe.

But aside from the odd name, the band has a large cult following that record executives hope will spill over into the mainstream toddler music scene. “We’re expecting a double platinum album, quite frankly.” Said music executive Mack Daddy. “I mean, we got attitude and good looks. That combination sells. The only reservation we have is that they aren’t potty trained yet – which could seriously compromise an extended tour.”

Logistics aside, the album is a bright spot in a routinely boring musical scene. The music itself is an eclectic mix of hip hop, zydeco and pop mixed with old-school sounds that feature ska rhythms interspersed with Gregorian chants. In addition to the music, the lyrics of the songs are equally strong. The name of the album, When You Feel Wrong is also the title track – an anguishing song that details what it’s like to grow up a twin. Other songs on the album, destined for greatness, include the angry song I Got Your Potty Right Here and the haunting song Dora Don’t Come ‘Round Here No More. But the song that will become the signature song of the album has to be the driving force of You’re My Daddy – Now Shut Up.

While the music industry awaits this debut with baited breath. The much-anticipated album has produced different feelings from the duo. When asked what she’s looking forward to most of this release, Swee’Pea was quoted as saying, “I’m just hoping it will get me one step closer to meeting Rachel Ray.” TheMonk, on the other hand, had his mind on other matters. “We’re touring in New York. That means I’ll get to party with Peanut. I’m going to take her to my favorite hangout and we’ll even invite her Old Man.”

Whatever their motivation, the buzz on the street is that When You Feel Wrong will catapult DC Motema Pembe into the stratosphere alongside such legendary groups like Hanson and Kriss Kross. One can only hope.

Album Cover
Photo Credit: Cumbo


Okay, the above album cover is part of meme floating around the blogosphere. You can see a couple of other album covers here at Chicky’s and here at Cynical Dad’s. If you want to play along, follow the following steps…

1. The first title on this page is the name of your band.
2. The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album. Click the “New Random Quotations” button for more.
3. The third picture on this page will be your album cover. You then take the photo and add your band name and the album title to it, then post your picture. Please don’t forget to give credit.

The title of this post is from an 80′s song. Can you name it?


  1. Funny. But it’s still rock and roll to me.

    Btw, thanks a lot. Now I’ve got Billie Joel stuck in my head right before bedtime. Yeah, that’s going to work well.

    Comment by Rattling the Kettle — January 26, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

  2. What’s the matter with the crowd I’m seeing, don’t you know that they’re out of touch?

    Comment by Becky — January 27, 2008 @ 8:46 am

  3. You got me going there for a while

    Comment by Dan — January 27, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

  4. That is hilarious!!

    Comment by Deanna — January 27, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

  5. Love it. Truly a work of art.

    Comment by Chicky — January 28, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

  6. I love me some Billy!! LOL.

    Nice album. I’d buy it.

    Comment by Redneck Mommy — January 28, 2008 @ 6:47 pm

  7. I still don’t get how you got DC Motema Pembe, but it’s a great name!

    Comment by Aina — January 29, 2008 @ 10:25 am

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