Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits
CD - MCA Records - Catalog Number MCAD-11348
Listen to a WAV file of my favorite song on the album!
It's a great idea: Get today's hottest alternative bands to do cover versions of classic Saturday morning cartoon themes. And strangely, this album is growing on me! I start off thinking only about 40 percent of the album was worthwhile. Now, that's up to about 70%. I've really dug the Liz Phair take on the Banana Splits song. The album highlight for me is Dig's version of the "Fat Albert Theme." (Yes, if you want to listen to a quick 107kb WAV file, you just click on it! Let your browser to the rest) Fonky! Liz Phair and Material Issue do a nice job on "The Tra La La Song" from The Banana Splits. Matthew Sweet brings irony to the musical question, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" And people into waif-rock will certainly get a kick out of Juliana Hatfield and Tanya Donelly teaming up on "Josie and the Pussycats." The rest of the album is still a bit lame, but the Ramones version of "Spider-Man" is cool. And Tripping Daisy does a nice Sigmund and the Seamonsters medley. The Murmurs H.R. Pufnstuf is even growing on me. Okay, so it's not so bad after all. And they even included the lyrics to all but one of the songs -- you guessed it, Fat Albert. Hey, what gives? Cosby stingy with the rights? And where can you see Fat Albert on TV these days? That show was quite cool.
FOR MORE INFO:
Well, there's always the corporate MCA Records Home Page. Yeah, right.
Or you can send e-mail to Ralph Sall, the guy who produced the album.