Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits

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At least since the mid-'60s, there has been a dubious but undeniable connection between kids' television and novelty pop songs. With the rise of the Archies in the latter part of the decade, Saturday morning TV became saturated throughout the early '70s with wacky adventures of young-ish hipsters who just happened to be able to break into super-groovy songs atSee more details below

Overview

At least since the mid-'60s, there has been a dubious but undeniable connection between kids' television and novelty pop songs. With the rise of the Archies in the latter part of the decade, Saturday morning TV became saturated throughout the early '70s with wacky adventures of young-ish hipsters who just happened to be able to break into super-groovy songs at any moment. Producer Ralph Small has capitalized on his self-confessed jones for Saturday morning TV with Saturday Morning Cartoon's Greatest Hits. What makes this more than just another compilation co-optation is Small's recognition of the mind-melting nature of kids' TV, and the great liner notes. Artist prospective, show/song bios, and an essay from Small make this a truly fun collection. With minimal experimentation or revisionist arrangements, the tunes stick to their mind-numbing, ear-catching simplicity. Of course it's guaranteed that you'll be singing along, but the faithful pairing of artists and songs makes it extra sweet. Groovy grrls Liz Phair ("The Tra La La Song"), Mary Lou Lord ("Sugar Sugar"), and Juliana Hatfield and Tanya Donnelly ("Josie and the Pussycats") spin a rainbow of sonic cotton candy. Matthew Sweet caves into his teen idol fantasies with a dreamy, safely psychedelic "Scooby-Doo Where Are You?." Sponge probes their Motor City roots via Japanamation with "Go Speed Racer Go," and several other acts seem to be channeling their childhood heroes: Butthole Surfers/"Underdog," Helmet/"Gigantor," Ramones/"Spiderman," and Sublime/"Hong Kong Phooey." While the depth goes about as far as a Scooby Doo plot, this collection is great for parties -- or a Saturday morning hangover.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/1995
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811134822

Tracks

  1. The Tra la la Song (One Banana, Two Banana)  - Liz Phair
  2. Go, Speed Racer, Go!  -  Sponge
  3. Sugar, Sugar  - Mary Lou Lord
  4. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?  - Matthew Sweet
  5. Josie And The Pussycats  - Tanya Donelly
  6. The Bugaloos  -  Collective Soul
  7. Underdog  -  Butthole Surfers
  8. Gigantor  -  Helmet
  9. Spiderman  -  Ramones
  10. Jonny Quest/Stop That Pigeon  - Reverend Horton Heat
  11. Open Up Your Heart and Let the Sun Shine In  -  Frente!
  12. Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah (Means I Love You)  -  Violent Femmes
  13. Fat Albert Theme  -  Dig
  14. I'm Popeye The Sailor Man  -  Face to Face
  15. Friends/Sigmund And The Seamonsters  -  Tripping Daisy
  16. Goolie Get-Together  -  Toadies
  17. Hong Kong Phooey  -  Sublime
  18. H.R. Pufnstuf  -  Murmurs
  19. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy  -  Wax

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Butthole Surfers   Track Performer
Helmet   Track Performer
Material Issue   Track Performer
Ramones   Track Performer
Brian Ritchie   Bass,Background Vocals,Xylophone
Matthew Sweet   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Violent Femmes   Track Performer
Richard Lloyd   Guitar
Juliana Hatfield   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Chris Gorman   Percussion,Drums
Dig   Track Performer
Liz Phair   Vocals,Track Performer
Toadies   Track Performer
Tripping Daisy   Track Performer
Collective Soul   Track Performer
Frente!   Track Performer
Lisa Mednick   Hammond Organ
Murmurs   Track Performer
Ted Ansani   Bass,Vocals
Tim DeLaughter   Vocals
Jim Ellison   Guitar,Vocals
Gordon Gano   Guitar,Vocals
Page Hamilton   Guitar,Vocals
Gibby Haynes   Vocals
Reverend Horton Heat   Track Performer
Darrel Herbert   Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul Leary   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Todd Lewis   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tony Marsico   Bass
Joe McGinty   Keyboards
Mark Pirro   Bass
Joey Ramone   Vocals
Johnny Ramone   Guitar
Marky Ramone   Drums
Daniel Rey   Electric Guitar
Mark Reznicek   Drums,Background Vocals
John Stanier   Drums
Lisa Umbarger   Bass,Background Vocals
Bryan Wakeland   Percussion,Drums
Dan Wilson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Zelenko   Percussion,Drums
Tanya Donelly   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Sponge   Track Performer
Daniel Denholm   Organ
Phil Friedmann   Bass,Background Vocals
Scott Hackwith   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Michael Railton   Keyboards
Wes Berggren   Guitar
Sublime   Track Performer
Dean Fisher   Bass
Semisonic   Track Performer
Joey Mazzola   Guitar
Jacob Slichter   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Guy Hoffman   Drums,Background Vocals
C.J. Ramone   Bass
Face to Face   Track Performer
Mary Lou Lord   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Dave Georgeff   Bass,Vocals
Rob Kurth   Drums,Background Vocals
Matt Riddle   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Joe Sib   Vocals
Trever Keith   Guitar,Vocals
Angie Hart   Vocals
Simon Austin   Guitar
Chad Yaro   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Gardocki   Guitar,Horn,Vocals
Will Turpin   Bass,Background Vocals
Dean Roland   Rhythm Guitar
Eric Wilson   Bass,Background Vocals
King Coffey   Drums,Background Vocals
Brad Nowell   Guitar,Vocals
Rob Echeverria   Guitar
Ross Childress   Guitar
Scott Churilla   Drums,Background Vocals
Heather Grody   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Tim Cross   Bass
Wax   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Nobuyoshi Koshibe   Composer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Peter McCabe   Engineer
Ralph Sall   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Art Direction,Concept
Andrew Davis   Illustrations
Mary Lou Lord   Contributor
Gary Panter   Illustrations
Glenn Barr   Illustrations

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