Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks

Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks

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Sing the phrase "I'm just a Bill, yes I'm only a Bill" to any American between the ages of 25 and 40 and they'll answer "and I'm sittin' here on Capitol Hill" without thinking twice. "I'm Just a Bill" was only one of dozens of School House Rock! animated videos that ran on ABC Saturday morning TV throughout the '70s. Following the lead of Sesame Street,

Overview

Sing the phrase "I'm just a Bill, yes I'm only a Bill" to any American between the ages of 25 and 40 and they'll answer "and I'm sittin' here on Capitol Hill" without thinking twice. "I'm Just a Bill" was only one of dozens of School House Rock! animated videos that ran on ABC Saturday morning TV throughout the '70s. Following the lead of Sesame Street, the shorts, sandwiched between cartoon and commercials, combined catchy tunes, cartoons, and educational messages. The shows have enjoyed a resurgence in the '90s with their re-airing on ABC (along with some new sequences) as well as the decade's '70s nostalgia. More than the messages or the videos, School House Rock! is remembered for its songs. These super-hummable full-length jingles have a permanent place in collective memories of the '70s, so it seems appropriate that the program's owners have brought together a collection of young bands to cover the songs, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Children's Defense Fund. The 15 songs on this initial offering only represent a portion of the total set, but it is a collection of the most memorable ditties. Beyond the undeniably delicious nostalgia trip, the compilation shows the surprising songcraft of the original tunes. The fabulous "Interplanet Janet" performed by Man or Astroman? could easily be mistaken for a proto-punk space saga. Matching the songs with today's reigning alt-pop darlings like Better Than Ezra, Ween, Buffalo Tom, and the Lemonheads is a logical progression, continuing the tradition of melody-centered pop carried by earnestly pretty singing. There are also some great surprises. Biz Markie turns in a stride piano version of "Energy Blues," which sounds remarkably like the original. Moby udpates "Verb:That's What's Happening" with an Ant music beat and crackly vocal effects. Blind Melon is perfect for the '70s feel-good vibe of "Three Is a Magic Number." It's proof of the power of nostalgia when a song about multiplication, with its rolling jam-band rhythms and naive imagery of a nuclear family "a man and woman had a little baby/and that's a magic number," along with Shannon Hoon's wispy vocals, has unexpected resonance of lost childhood. Some of the experimentation seems a little overreaching, particularly Pavement's "No More Kings," but it's still interesting, particularly Chavez's psychedelic spoken-word treatment of "Little Twelvetoes," which is, admittedly, trippy to begin with.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/09/1996
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075679268129
catalogNumber:
92681

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buffalo Tom   Track Performer
Daniel Johnston   Vocals,Track Performer
Moby   Track Performer
Ween   Track Performer
Goodness   Track Performer
Blind Melon   Track Performer
Pavement   Track Performer
Man...or Astro-Man?   Track Performer
Lou Barlow   Bass,Voices
Biz Markie   Track Performer
John Davis   Guitar,Voices
Gibby Haynes   Vocals
Shannon Hoon   Vocals
Bill Janovitz   Guitar,Vocals
Lemonheads   Track Performer
Tom Maginnis   Drums
Brad Smith   Bass,Flute
Speedy Sparks   Bass
Terry Stevens   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Better Than Ezra   Track Performer
Skee-Lo   Track Performer
Glenn Graham   Percussion,Drums
Chris Colbourn   Bass,Vocals
Chavez   Track Performer
Bob Fay   Drums,Voices
Christopher Thorn   Keyboards
Melissa Auf der Maur   Bass,Background Vocals
Jeff Heavey   Guitar
Mark Perrettu   Guitar,Voices
Patty Schemel   Drums,Background Vocals
Deluxx Folk Implosion   Track Performer
Bob Dorough and Friends   Track Performer
Will Indian   Guitar

Technical Credits

Moby   Producer,Engineer
Blind Melon   Producer,Engineer
Yves Beauvais   Producer
Biz Markie   Producer
David Michael Dill   Engineer
Doug Easley   Engineer
Paul Fox   Producer
Bryce Goggin   Producer,Engineer
John Goodmanson   Producer,Engineer
Mark Hallman   Engineer
Dino Maddalone   Engineer
Dan McLoughlin   Engineer
Ed Thacker   Engineer
Skee-Lo   Arranger,Producer
Wally Gagel   Engineer
Chavez   Producer
Mike Napolitano   Producer,Engineer
Charles Roane   Producer,Engineer
Frank Gargiulo   Art Direction
Richard Bates   Art Direction
Greg Frey   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Leary   Executive Producer
Janet Billig   Executive Producer
Mark Pedowitz   Executive Producer
Mitch O'Connell   Illustrations

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Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LuluCA More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite baby/kid gifts for 30/40something parents. Blind Melon's "Three Is A Magic Number" is so magical, it makes me cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This brings back fun memories for 30-something+ parents and kids love it! Barney and Wiggles music may make you want to wear ear plugs, but this rocks!