Jack Fitzgerald | Seattle, WA United States | 01/02/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Saturday Morning - Cartoon's Greatest Hits" is a fun spin for anyone who grew up watching cartoons in the early to mid 1970s. You probably ate a lot of overly hyped sugary cereal, but the Cocoa Puffs, Trix and Quisp trivia is another story. This collection from 1995 was one of those "tribute" disks featuring altern/modern rock artists.Liz Phair (with Material Issue) has a fun time with "The Tra La La Song" from Banana Splits. Sponge doesn't fare so well with their take on "Go Speed Racer Go." I recently heard a remix that used samples of the actual theme and sound effects from the show, as well as some of those bad voiceovers. Hilarious. But again, I digress. Matthew Sweet's version of "Scooby-Doo, Where are You?" is faithful to the original and one of the best cuts on the disk. Both Helmet's "Gigantor" and Ramones "Spider-Man" really rock. My favorite cut is probably the Reverend Horton Heat medley of "Jonny Quest/Stop that Pigeon," a bizarre combo, with some blistering guitar work on J. Quest. Multiple key changes, dramatic time alternations. Very cool.Dig also does a fairly faithful "Fat Albert Theme" comlete with "Hey hey hey!" Watch out for Sublime's version of "Hong Kong Phooey" which is a little edgier than the dog janitor may have intended.Some other choices are less obvious, like "Open Up Your Heart and Let the Sun Shine In" from the Flintstones, rather than the theme that everyone knows. Another is the Violent Femmes "Eep Opp Ork ah-ah (means I love you)" from The Jetsons.Okay, and what is Happy, Happy Joy, Joy from Ren and Stimpy doing here?Pour yourself a bowl of Cap'n Crunch, put on this disk, and enjoy reading the back of the box, or in this case, the interesting liner notes."
Unique and Solid Tribute Album!
K. Brown | Walnut, Ca USA | 05/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is so much to embrace here! It seems like there's a new tribute album released every day, but the misses usually outweigh the hits.This album is one of the great few hits. It opens with The Banana Splits by Material Issue (and Liz Phair on vocals!), which is one of the best tracks on the CD. They put a raw energetic indie-style spin on the song, but without losing the essence of the original.The unmistakable Ramones sound hits home with their take on Spiderman. Like Liz Phair & Material Issue, the Ramones keep the passion of the tune we knew and loved as kids, but sped it up, and we hear Joey, in that traditional high-octane Rock & Roll spirit, yell "Look Out!" before going into the instrumental portion.About the only songs that left me cold were Sponge's "Speed Racer" and Helmet's "Gigantor." The theme songs we knew and loved as kids were unrecognizable; only the lyrics give you a clue which tune they cover.Other shining moments are Reverend Horton Heat's "Johnny Quest" and Frente's "Open Up Your Heart and Let the Sun Shine In." There's nothing quite like Pebbles & Bam-Bam singing the latter tune, but these cats do a great cover!So much to enjoy on this CD! Worth the money and time!"
All the songs you remember.. with a twist
Wiliam J. Starling | Denver, CO | 07/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great CD with songs you remember as a kid. I really got it because of the "Tra La La" Song from the Banana Splits, but all the others are great re-makes; Hong Kong Phooey, Scooby Doo, Stop the Pigeon, Fat Albert's Theme, Spiderman.. and others."
Really brings you back!
Emi The Shogun Emperor | Florida, USA | 02/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Remember those wonderful, bright Saturday mornings sitting in front of the TV with your crunchy ( later Soggy ) bowl of Cocoa Puffs or Captain Crunch...or even Cinnamon Toast Crunch watching The Smurfs, or Superfriends...or...SCOOBY DOO? Well, this CD really brings those days back!
I absolutely LOVED this CD! I played it SO much that it got scratched, abused, destroyed....man I really need to get another copy!
I loved the artwork, the different varieties of the bands in the album, I even loved the organization of the tracks!
I think I have to say my favorite songs were the ones of the Sid and Marty Kroft shows. Especially the "Friends" Song. I sang that one over and over and over!
I highly recommend this to any 80's kid...or ANY kid for that matter. All modern day kids need to know the origins of some of their fave cartoons.
This CD really brings you BACK!
This is a fun one!
Laura | Missouri, USA | 01/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Most of this CD is great. In my opinion, Sponge and Wax didn't do justice to the songs they recorded ("Speed Racer" and "Happy Happy Joy Joy", respectively), but these are the exceptions rather than the rule. The main highlights here are the Violent Femmes' "Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah", Liz Phair & Material Issue's "Banana Splits", Dig's "Fat Albert", face to face's "Popeye the Sailor Man", the Murmurs' "H.R. Pufnstuf" (very cute rendition!) and Sublime's "Hong Kong Phooey" (this one is REALLY wild, as they go through a variety of tempo changes). Looking forward to more compilations like this in the future."