When you gotta go, you gotta go – a Canadian musical interlude.

On Friday, I posted a clip of Billy Bragg singing to a dancing Canadian lobster. (Nova Scotian, to be more precise). I allowed as how I would like to know more about this dancing lobster fella and Canadian kids’ TV in general, and an obliging commenter over to the Angry Black Lady Chronicles helped me out – check out her knowledge and prodigious Google-fu here. Bottom line for our purposes? Dude’s name is “Captain Claw.”

You might well imagine that armed with this information, I proceeded to the YouTube. Whereupon I found the following piece of sheer delight: Captain Claw singing the undeniably catchy “When You’ve Got to Go” song.


I know, right? Score one for Canada, baby!

And here’s the other thing: While I am coming to learn that Canada is not always and forever the bastion of compassion and sanity that American Democrats tend to believe it to always and forever be (see: Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews and his contention that if you don’t like unlimited governmental electronic snooping you’re “with the child pornographers“; see also: Fraudulent election day robocalls intended to discourage voter turnout), I do find it very hard to believe that any American producer of children’s television would ever be allowed to depict a character peeing his bed. Which, let’s face it, is a genuine concern of actual children the world over.

 So score two.

Plus, bonus: Dancing, singing shrimp.

Score three.



  1. corkingiron

     /  February 28, 2012

    It’s a particular Canadian obsession, rooted in the universal childhood trauma of snowsuits…

  2. caoil

     /  February 28, 2012

    While I am far too old to have enjoyed the modern Kids CBC, I am definitely a product of CBC children’s programming in the 1970’s. I am the person you see today because of Mr. Dressup (and Casey and Finnegan), and the Friendly Giant (and Rusty and Jerome) and there will never be a day I’m not thankful to have had them.

  3. Darth Thulhu

     /  February 28, 2012

    That was seriously awesome.

    Is Captain Claw perhaps related to Doctor Claw of Inspector Gadget fame? One turns to a life of cartoonish archvillainy, and the other sings and dances for the children of the world?

  4. socioprof

     /  February 28, 2012

    I’m in the ecstatic throes of pottytraining. My life’s soundtrack is now complete.

  5. Mark

     /  February 28, 2012

    Why does a lobster have lobster traps on his boat? That’s dark, yo.