Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits

CD - MCA Records - Catalog Number MCAD-11348

(New)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.


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.

Track Listing:

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

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Last Updated March 11, 1997
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