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"Always thought this rooster got down," says Skatastrophics' frontman Billy Munoz, who shared a video clip of the song "Not in Nottingham" from the 1973 Disney film, Robin Hood.

Munoz is a man of few words, but he's long on cool. If you've never caught him live, his band opens for The Slackers this Monday April 7 at Scout Bar. Go check him out and see how his inspiration -- Roger Miller's Alan-a Dale -- influenced his soulful sound.

Christi Mikles sings and plays a mean musical saw for different groups in and around Fort Collins, Colo. She lists Sesame Street songs like "Mahna, Mahna" and "People in Your Neighborhood" as some of the earliest music she dug, along with tunes from Captain Kangaroo and Romper Room.

She actually was one of the Romper Room kids for a week or so, Mikles adds. That helped her prep for a later turn on TV's Star Search.

"I did, in fact, try out for Star Search when I was in primary school," she says. "I sang some Christian song called 'Emily' that my music teacher chose. The lyrics I remember are 'On a wire, balancing your dreams, hoping ends will meet their means, but you feel alone/ Uninspired, well does it help you to know that I believe in you? You're an angel waiting for wings, Emily.'"

Scoops Martin of the Baton Rouge-based Scissor Dicks says, "Every time the mail lady comes I sing the mail song from Blue's Clues."

Brew Breaux, meanwhile, leads ragtime vagabonds Thistle!, who recently Bandcamped a bunch of bawdy old standards, songs like "Shave 'Em Dry" and "Rotten Cocksucker's Ball." Quite a departure from Weinerville, a puppet show that ran in the early 1990s on Nickelodeon.

"I remember being told that I would always go around singing the 'I'm Boney, I'm Boney, leave me aloney' bit," he says. "I remember a lot of Muppet Babies, and I was really into Digimon, whenever that was a new thing."

Breaux remembers being kicked out of piano lessons at age six, didn't really like music until junior high and would make mixtapes of The Casualties and Dr. Demento songs. If there was any indication he'd wind up playing standards like "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," it was this:

"I'm told that I enjoyed singing that song that goes, 'It's alright to be itty bitty in a big ol' town or an itty bitty city/ Might as well laugh, might as well smile, life goes on for an itty bitty while,'" he admits.

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