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School House Rock! Rocks.

3.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lava
  • ASIN: B000005J80
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Schoolhouse Rocky (Original Theme Music) - Bob Dorough And Friends
2. I'm Just A Bill - Deluxx Folk Implosion
3. Three Is A Magic Number - Blind Melon
4. Conjunction Junction - Better Than Ezra
5. Electricity, Electricity - Goodness
6. No More Kings - Pavement
7. The Shot Heard Round The World - Ween
8. My Hero, Zero - Lemonheads
9. The Energy Blues - Biz Markie
10. Little Twelvetones - Chavez
11. Verb: That's Whats Happening - Moby
12. Interplanet Janet - Man Or Astro-Man
13. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here - Buffalo Tom
14. Unpack Your Adjectives - Daniel Johnston

Product Description

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TvTv Soundtrack Coll ~ Schoolhouse Rock Rocks

The beauty of Schoolhouse Rock in its original Saturday morning run (1973-85) was that kids watching couldn't tell whether the catchy three-minute cartoon jingles were meant to be commercials, shows, or something else entirely. That enabled overexposed TV youth to learn without realizing it between episodes of Scooby Doo and Fat Albert. Then the Brady Bunch generation became the alternative nation, and the innocence with which they took in these grammar, history, and math lessons was lost. Now comes the obligatory tribute album, Schoolhouse Rock Rocks--pleasant enough, but full of postmodern yuks and missed-the-point nostalgia that aim to celebrate but instead drain the joy from childhood memories.

Though it's somewhat interesting to hear Pavement turn "Mo More Kings" into lo-fi krautrock or Moby make "Verb: That's What's Happening" into industrial techno-pop, the performers who most successfully preserve Schoolhouse Rock's edutainment viability are those who are most cartoonish to begin with: Ween ("The Shot Heard 'round the World"), Biz Markie ("The Energy Blues"), and Daniel Johnston ("Unpack Your Adjectives"). The problem remains, nonetheless: Any revamping of these songs implies Schoolhouse Rock somehow needed to be made hipper. That none of these songs is better than its original proves how very unhip '70s kids have grown up to be. --Roni Sarig

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Format: Audio CD
There have been numerous negative reviews of this album, and several five star ratings. I do not believe that it really deserves either. I enjoy each of the bands on this album seperately, anyway, so I don't know how biased I may be. But this album is not bad. I'm also not going to say that if you necessarily liked Schoolhouse Rock (which I did, by the way) that you will like this album. You kind of need to be in touch with this kind of music.
It is a tribute album, not a reworking of old songs. Each artist puts their own touch to the songs, though some leave them closer to the way that they were originally. I personally really like Pavement, but it's a taste that most people seem to lack. So they will probably not appreciate the song as much as I do. Actually, I probably have the weirder tastes. Also a fan of Moby, both early and late, so I enjoyed his reworking of Verb. Warning though: it's more like the Moby tracks from "Everything is Wrong."
Some of the songs less touched were actually the more enjoyable tracks. Blind Melon's rendition of "Three" is wonderful and almost makes me feel like I'm listening to, say, Three Dog Night (ironic, huh?). Ween, The Lemonheads, and Better Than Ezra all do tremendous jobs keeping to the original sounds, while still making the songs their own. Same for Biz Markie's "Energy Blues." "I'm Just A Bill" is done wonderfully, and certainly gives us a different view of how the bill actually feels about all of this beurocracy.
And, hey, let's face it: Skee-Lo's "Mr. Morton" is so wonderful, I had to replay the track immediately after listening to it.
Overall, I think the album deserves four stars. Pluses: Good collection of artists reworking some of the favorite tracks, and every track is worth listening to many times. Cons: Tribute cds are just so...common.
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Format: Audio CD
Unlike those who have been shocked by the high reviews for this album, I'm shocked by the low reviews. They come almost exclusively from people expecting a collection of the original SHR songs. THIS IS A TRIBUTE ALBUM! If you don't understand what that means, you shouldn't buy this record.
Among the things you do get are:
-One of the last tracks put out by Blind Melon before the death of Shannon Hoon.
-A track by Moby about three years before he was shot into the stratosphere of fame.
-Arguably the best track that one-hit-wonder Skee-Lo ever laid.
-A very timely reworking of "No More Kings" done in classic Pavement style.
-A "hip" Biz Markie without his usual "hop".
-A chance to reflect on how the world as a whole and the world of music have changed since those simple days of the early seventies.
I question whether anyone who uses a music review to insult a whole generation deserves to be an editor at Amazon.
And lastly, I don't really think that Bob Dorough and company see this as a "mangling" of their classic songs. After, their permission was needed to make the album. The original SHR brought, along with education, messages of tolerance and open-mindedness. Bring the same when you listen to this. If anything, this record is a testament to how many different kinds of people in my generation were touched by these Saturday morning snippets.
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DON'T buy this album yet! If you think this is the original Schoolhouse Rock, it's not. (Given some of the reviews below, apparently some people are a little too quick on the "buy" button while visiting If you're looking for the originals, there's several different versions of the original recordings available at Amazon. Go up to the search window, type in "schoolhouse" and go buy one of them.
THIS album is actually a mid-1990s remake disk, with various "alternative" and otherwise bands doing their riffs on the original Schoolhouse Rock. Some of the tracks -- Biz Markie's languid "Electricity" -- are a real hoot, some -- the Lemonheads' "My Hero, Zero" -- are very faithful to the original, and a few -- "Little Twelvetoes" by Chavez -- are just kind of a mess.
A similar album, "Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits," is much more successful, with a better category of performer generally -- some of the performers on this seem to be there for their brand name recognition, not for any particular ability on their part -- and a wider selection of television tunes to choose from.
Having said that, so long as you know what you're getting here (a novely album of Schoolhouse Rock COVERS by 1990s' alternative rockers), this is a fun album for your collection ... especially if you already own the aforementioned "Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits" CD.
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By A Customer on Oct. 16 1999
Format: Audio CD
I was amused to see all the 5-star reviews of this disc. I love Schoolhouse Rock; I of course grew up with it, and really liked the catchy tunes parlaying little history lessons, multiplication tables, etc. But the Amazon reviewer has it right; there's not much on here that surpasses the charm of the originals. The best of the remakes bear the personal stamp of the bands that play them, especially Deluxx Folk Implosion's sarcastic "I'm Just A Bill", Goodness' rocking version of "Electricity, Electricity", "Little Twelvetoes" by Chavez and Skee-Lo's hip-hop rendition of "The Tale of Mr. Morton". My exceptions would be Pavement's "No More Kings"--slowed down to a dirge and full of their low,low-key humor (though I like the revamping of the line "We're gonna run our country our way--run it into the ground!", and Moby whose "Verb: That's What's Happening" sounds like he just turned on the drum machine and left it running--no variance. The others (Better Than Ezra, Blind Melon, for ex.) play it fairly straight, and are fine, but probably would only be of interest to the devoted. I listen to this every now and then, and my young son likes it as well.
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