Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Best Tribute Albums #2

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits


1. The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana) - Liz Phair With Material Issue
2. Go Speed Racer Go - Sponge
3. Sugar Sugar - Mary Lou Lord With Semisonic
4. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? - Matthew Sweet
5. Josie And The Pussycats - Juliana Hatfield And Tanya Donelly
6. The Bugaloos - Collective Soul
7. Underdog - Butthole Surfers
8. Gigantor - Helmet
9. Spider-Man - Ramones
10. Johnny Quest/Stop That Pigeon - The 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 - The Murmurs
19. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy - Wax

This is a record that i got and loved in jr. high school, and i continue to enjoy to this very day. The concept is great - pair up artists with cartoons that evoke the same sort of feeling that their music does, and sit back and watch what happens. Some of the pairings are just plain genius - who else could handle a song about a giant robot like the heavy as shit Helmet? Who could be as psychedlic as a Sid and Marty Croft creation as Tripping Daisy? And who could be as flacid Collective Soul, covering the theme to "The Buggaloos"?

Plus, the producers of the album didn't go as traditional as you may expect - instead of the Jetsons/Flintstones theme songs, we get songs that were featured in specific episodes. For instance, we get the 'hit song' that Pebbles and Bam Bam (not Debbie's dogs, the characters...) had in the Flintstones, "Let The Sun Shine In," done by Frente! (perhaps best remembered for their cover of "Bizarre Love Triangle") and the song that Judy Jetson's celebrity crush Jet Screamer sang called "Eep Op Ork Ah-Ah" by the Violent Femmes.

A few of these tunes still pop up on mix CDs i make for people, such as Matthew Sweet's "Scooby Doo, Where Are You? (peep the excellently noisy outro)" and the Toadies (RIP) terrific take on the "Ghoulie's Get Together" from "The Groovie Ghoulies." Other highlights include Sublime's "Hong Kong Phooey," Wax's "Happy Happy Joy Joy (almost as great as the Spike Jonze directed video for "California")," and the Reverend Horton Heat's "Johnny Quest."

But the real highlight is the last great song done by the first great punk band, the Ramones, the theme to the 1970s "Spiderman" cartoon. Perfect for a band that was almost cartoonish themselves - this is fast, hard and fun. A fantastic tribute to a time when people didn't think i was bizarre for having boxes of Frankenberry in my house.


At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Matt P


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