School House Rock! Rocks.
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
A great new twist and sound on old favourites-great to be used in the classroom.Published on Feb. 22 2010 by Toadmummy
Being a huge Pavement fan, I was mostly interested in their cover of No More Kings. Their reworking of the tune is great, definately on par with their eariler work, and at the... Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Michael Thomas Di Natale
The album features contemporary acts covering Schoolhouse Rock songs. All of them are good, with the notable exception of Pavement's dirge-like version of "No More... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003 by Johnny Heering
Worth buying just to hear the Mr. Morton track, by Skee-Lo, I also liked Blind Melon (w/Shannon) doing 3 is a Magic Number. Read morePublished on April 5 2003 by Kelly K. Coyle
As a throwback to 1973 on, I really liked this CD but couldn't help wishing it was full of the original songs and not bands from the 1990s (and I wasn't even familiar with all of... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2002 by momazon
Unlike those who have been shocked by the high reviews for this album, I'm shocked by the low reviews. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2002 by seoulbrother
The music of the series was a "Jim Croce" type folk music. It was usually light and friendly. This "music", (fortunately I only spent $$$used) is poorly executed, flatly sung,... Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2002 by J. Martin
Wow. I love it. First of all it has some of my favorite bands: Pavement, Better than Ezra, the Lemonheads, Blind Melon, and the like. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2002
In my opinion : Having owned the great School House Rock original videos and soundrtrack, this was a disappointment! Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2002
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