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Schoolhouse Rock: Science Rock
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Schoolhouse Rock: Science Rock
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Children's Music
 
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Science is maybe the hippest platform for the Schoolhouse Rock crew to build on, as evidenced on this collection. The subjects are quirky, opening with a proto-ragtime/boogie-woogie backing for "The Body Machine," which sh...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Schoolhouse Rock: Science Rock
Members Wishing: 9
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 4/1/1997
Release Date: 4/1/1997
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Children's Music
Styles: Vocal Jazz, Bebop, Comedy & Spoken Word, Vocal Pop, Educational
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227261627, 081227261542

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Science is maybe the hippest platform for the Schoolhouse Rock crew to build on, as evidenced on this collection. The subjects are quirky, opening with a proto-ragtime/boogie-woogie backing for "The Body Machine," which shares the "traffic flow" approach of America Rock's "I'm Just a Bill" to explain how the body mechanically collects nutrition. With songs like "Interplanet Janet" and "A Victim of Gravity," this collection will newly tickle the ears of adults brought up with these tunes as Saturday-morning cartoon fare. The lyrics, from George Newall, Lynn Ahrens, and singing jazz vet Bob Dorough, are easy company for the sometimes complex notions. Treating the subject of the circulatory system as a dance craze is a great way to tune kids into an intimidating subject. And as usual with Schoolhouse's other titles, the music and vocals are artfully simple but never disappointing. --Andrew Bartlett

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Schoolhouse Rock - Generation Next
Y. Collins | Fairfax, VA United States | 05/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hey, I learned an awful lot schlepping around my house on Saturdays to the tune of this stuff. My 7-year-old isn't going to miss out."
Good music, good message
06/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"the 'science' isn't 100% up-to-date on these tunes, but they're so good that it doesn't matter. each song on this cd (and all the other schoolhouse rock cds) is stylistically unique, and they're all well-written and beautifully performed. these songs have been stuck in my head for decades now.btw, 'scripture rock guy', you and your oh-so-subtle plugs SUCK."
The soundtrack for the Science Rock videos from Schoolhouse
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 12/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Interplanet Janet
She's a galaxy girl
A solar system miss
From a future world.
She travels like a rocket
With her comet team,
And there's never been a planet Janet hasn't seen.
No, there's never been a planet Janet hasn't seen.

Yes, the 1970s gave us Watergate and long lines to buy gas, but there was also the bicentennial, "Jaws" and "Schoolhouse Rock!" Who does not have fond memories of those 3-minute cartoons that aired on ABC television on Saturday mornings teaching a generation of children about history, government, math, grammar, and science? What kid does not know that a noun is a person, place, or thing or cannot explain how a bill becomes a law? (I am shocked that "I'm Just a Bill" is only #2 on the list of most popular Schoolhouse Rocks! behind "Conjunction Junction"). As you can tell, "interplanetary Janet" (#8), with its tour of the solar system, is my favorite Science Rock, although I guess it is not too shocking that "Electricity, Electricity" (#5) ranks higher. After the "Schoolhouse Rock" song you ge eight of the nine Science Rock episodes:

"The Body Machine" which needs things like chicken salad sandwiches as fuel;
"Do the Circulation," the big new craze as everybody is doing the circulation;
"Electricity, Electricity" on the use of electrical power;
"The Energy Blues" or more accurately Energy Conservation;
"Interplanet Janet" and a tour of the Solar System;
"Telegraph Line" all about the Nervous System;
"Them Not-So-Dry Bones" without which you would be just a blob; and
"Victim of Gravity" sung by the Tokens.

What is missing is the Science Rock episode on "Weather." That omission and the fact that you are just listening to these educational cartoons instead of watching them on the video makes me round down on this one. After all, science teachers around the nation are still using those wonderful little "rock videos" to both introduce key topics and to provide a bit of musical reinforcement. I know that music is still being used in schools to help students learn material (my daughter can sing a song with all the state capitals and there is a woman at work who can do all the nations of the world) and that was the guiding principle behind "Schoolhouse Rock." The series was created by an advertising executive who noticed his song was having trouble with memorizing multiplication tables but knew all the words to the latest rock songs. Faster than you can say, "you got chocolate in my peanut butter" he put the two together and the rest is not just history, but science, math, grammar and government. You can just sing along with this CD, but that is not the complete Schoolhouse Rock experience."