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Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits

Saturday Morning Cartoons Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 5, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002OYG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Turn on the TV and break out the Cocoa Puffs... January 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Solid Tribute Album! May 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the songs you remember.. with a twist July 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really brings you back! February 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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!

-Emi
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun one! January 27, 2000
By Laura
Format:Audio CD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talkin' 'bout my generation ... July 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you're a kid who grew up in the 1970s -- and still like rock and roll -- this is a must-buy album. Many of the artists on the album weren't well-known when this first hit the streets, although pretty much all of them deserve to be.

"Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits" benefits by having artists of the right generation (mostly) playing the covers. Everything from the amazing Liz Phair's cover of the "Banana Splits" theme song to Matthew Sweet's "Scooby Doo, Where Are You" to Sumblime's "Hong Kong Phooey" to the Ramones' "Spider-Man" are incredibly fun tunes that both evoke the classic cartoons and are representative of the musicians' work.

I picked this album up the first day it was in stores, having heard choice cuts from it on Washington, DC's WHFS all week prior, and it remains one of my favorite albums to this day, five years later.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars gotta have this!
Love this. If you grew up with cartoons in the 70's you should love these fun covers. Not gonna do a track by track, but I will say the only real miss is Sponges' version of... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Michael F. Medina
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun ( very alt 90s ) that could be good or bad depending on you.
Published 16 days ago by richard donia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect!
Published 1 month ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You.
Great price, experience.
Published 2 months ago by Tom Branigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out of that bed and rock, DAMMIT!
One of my all-time favorite c.d.s. In fact, mine skips. I need a new one. I LOVE the every darn song on here except: Open up your heart and let the sun shine in; it sucks. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Arthur Writeus
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
I recomend this cd to who ever likes the old classic sunday morning cartoons of the 60's and 70's. Can't find shows like that anymore
Published 11 months ago by greasergirl69
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as you remember- but fun new takes
Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits is a compilation of (mostly) modern artist takes on beloved TV cartoon classics. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Wulfstan
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I knew they were covers, but it would have been nice if the songs were more like the originals. Some songs just shouldn't be altered.
Published 18 months ago by monet25
1.0 out of 5 stars MEMORIES
I DID NOT LIKE THIS CD. IT IS NOT THE ORIGINAL SOUND TRACKS OF ANYTHING ON HERE. I BOUGHT IT FOR ONE SONG FROM FLINTSTONES AND ITS NOT THE SAME VERSION!!!! Read more
Published 22 months ago by OLD MUSIC LOVER
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Have been trying to get another copy of this since my last copy was scratched. Childhood cartoon themes redone by modern bands. They did a fantastic job!
Published on July 5, 2012 by T Farris
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Saturday Morning Cartoons video???
Yes there was but sadly it was only released in VHS format. I actually bought mine from a store but that was years ago. Drew Barrymore and her gang were the hosts who sat around in their PJs and had a little conversation before they played the music video of the songs. It was very cool because... Read More
Apr 2, 2006 by S. Steurer |  See all 2 posts
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