#66 Chris Ballew: Fame, Fatherhood, and Caspar Babypants (2020)
Even before his third birthday, Chris Ballew was transfixed by music. He would sit on the floor in his parents’ Seattle-area home and listen to The Beatles’ seminal 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and not long after he was writing and performing his own songs. By the mid-90s he was fronting the Presidents of the United States of America - one of the hottest bands in rock'n'roll - and appearing regularly on MTV. But he was quietly harboring a secret: “On a gut level, I wanted out immediately.” On this episode of Paternal from 2020, Ballew looks back at his early experiences with fame, and examines the instinct that led him to leave modern rock behind to take on a new stage presence: celebrated children’s musician Caspar Babypants. Ballew has released 17 albums and been nominated for a Grammy during his career as Caspar, all driven by a desire to imbue his music with the same lyrical elements he found in the music of the Beatles, and to help weary parents make it through the day. Songs Featured In This Episode: Spider John - Caspar Babypants A Day In The Life - The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - Caspar Babypants Naked and Famous - The Presidents of The United States of America Kick Out The Jams - The Presidents of The United States of America Sun Go - Caspar Babypants (featuring Frances England) Nap In The Afternoon - Caspar Babypants Learn more about Paternal and sign up for our newsletter at www.paternalpodcast.com. You can also email host Nick Firchau at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or suggestions for men he should profile on the show. Make sure you subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts or wherever you’re listening, then keep an eye on your feed for new episodes.
We talk to Chris Ballew - Singer Songwriter for the bands The Presidents of the United States of America and Casper Babypants. We trace a journey that spills nothing but creativity since discovering The Beatles as a child to developing and sharing his musical creativity in any way he sees fit. From moving to the East Coast and touring with Beck before bringing back fun (or FUNge) to the Seattle scene with The Presidents then later enchatting thousands of kids and their parents with 19 albums worth of Casper Babypants material, Chris Ballew is a musical force for all the right reasons. This episode is brought to you by our friends Dead Skull Coffee.https://deadskullcoffee.co.uk/discount/STVPlease visit The Straight To Video Patreon Page to find out how you can help grow this show. https://www.patreon.com/stvpod
Chris Ballew - Musician (The Presidents of the United States of America / Caspar Babypants)
Chris BallewTake a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Chris Ballew. Chris is a musician and founding member and lead singer of the alternative rock band The Presidents of the United States of America. Chris is also known as Caspar Babypants; catering music for parents and kids to enjoy together. In this episode we chat about why he was drawn to music, touring as a band member with Beck for 2 tours, forming The Presidents, managing huge hits like Peaches, and Lump, and some of the strangely stringed instruments he has played in those songs. He shares stories about Sir Mix A Lot, Beck, Madonna, and even a great story about Kurt Cobain's GHOST! We talk about he second, third, and now fourth musical incarnation; including Caspar Babypants, writing music for tv, film, and commercials, and his latest project, ethereal music. All of this and more, Chris HAS to com back! Follow Chris on social media:Insta: @ChrisBallewCheck out his music at: ChrisBallew.org & Babypantsmusic.com
Chris Ballew (The Presidents of The U.S.A., Caspar Babypants)
Chuck Shute Podcast
Chris Ballew is the frontman for the Seattle rock band The Presidents of the United States of America. He also makes children’s music under the pseudonym “Caspar Babypants.” He has a new solo record out now titled “Soul Unfolded” and another one coming out in July called “Primitive God.” In this episode we discuss his new music and the creative process, plus making music & videos with the Presidents, how they got the Drew Carey theme song, working with Beck, getting drunk with Dave Grohl and more! Very fun episode! 0:00:00 - Intro0:00:49 - Things in Common & Seattle Living 0:04:20 - Making Music to Make People Feel Good 0:05:55 - Nap Dance & New Album "Soul Unfolded" 0:09:20 - Keyboards & Sounds 0:16:25 - Primitive God & Making Music 0:18:41 - Caspar Babypants TV Show0:22:16 - Staying Creative, Meditation & Ram Dass 0:25:55 - Lump & Music Video 0:27:55 - Roman Coppola & Other Music Videos 0:30:24 - Kicks, Energy & Beck 0:33:45 - Dealing with Fame & Success 0:36:55 - The Drew Carey Show Theme Song 0:38:45 - Doing Live Shows & Performing 0:43:15 - Freedom, Providing Joy & Collaborating 0:47:49 - Famous People 0:49:10 - Psychedelic Journey & Influences 0:51:10 - Movies 0:53:42 - PEPS, Well Spring & Mary's Place 0:55:35 - Drunk with Dave Grohl in the Late 90s 0:58:45 - Krist Novoselic 1:02:10 - Outro Chris Ballew website:https://chrisballew.orgPEPS website:https://www.peps.orgWell Spring Family Services website:https://wellspringfs.orgMary's Place website:https://www.marysplaceseattle.orgChuck Shute website:http://chuckshute.comSupport the show
Ep. 100: Chris Ballew discusses The Presidents of the United States of America's "Lump"
Chris DeMakes A Podcast
Clocking in at just over 2 minutes, "Lump" became a massive hit for the Seattle-based rock band The Presidents of the United States of America. In this episode, bassist and vocalist Chris Ballew details the writing, recording, and release of this unique and infectious single. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#71 CHRIS BALLEW | PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Chats With Guitar Cats Podcast
Audio only version of my YouTube Livestream Podcast with Chris Ballew from the group The Presidents of the United States of America. Full video version can be viewed over on my YouTube channel youtube.com/c/rickhollis where you can subscribe and hit the notification bell to catch the show live and ask my guests questions via the live chat room.
Episode 10 - Chris Ballew from The Presidents of the United States of America
Lived Through That
“Lived Through That” is the companion podcast to my book where I look at influential 90s musicians and where they are today. On this podcast, we’ll delve deeper into a single pivotal moment in the lives of some of the artists I feature in the book. The stories they tell are open, honest, and inspiring. On this episode, we talk to Chris Ballew from The Presidents of the United States of America about how Beck and Mary Lou Lord helped him on his path to being a solo artist. Musical credits: Cupcake Marshall by Blue Dot Sessions Palms Down by Blue Dot Sessions Be sure to look out for my book, "Lived Through That," where ever you buy your books! You can get 15% your copy of the book NOW by using the promo code PODCAST15 at this link. You can find out more about my work and the 80s and 90s books at my website here.
Chris Ballew's new solo record, "I Am Not Me," flies you deep inside an evolving creative arc for one of music's most interesting players. You'll hear elements of Chris' Presidents of the United States of America days coming through along with notes that remind you that he's made nearly 20 records for kids as Caspar Babypants.The totality of it is a groovy, abstract trip inside a record that begs to be your traveling companion: in your car, on a walk, in the kitchen or on the couch. I commandeered the radio for an hour to sit down with Chris for an extended Hoytus Interruption. We play a few tracks and talk about the record and what it was like to create during the height of the pandemic.
Peaches, Children's Music, and Two-Stringed Guitars. On this episode, The Hallowed Ground chats with multi-talented artist Chris Ballew about fronting 90's Alt Rock power trio The President's of the United States of America, what it's like to be a Grammy-nominated children's artist under the pseudonym Casper Babypants, songwriting during a pandemic, and how he started playing the "basitar."