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The Powerpuff Girls: Heroes and Villains [Soundtrack]

Devo , Frank Black , The Apples In Stereo , Optiganally Yours , Shonen Knife , Komeda , Dressy Bessy , Bis , The Sugarplastic , Cornelius Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (July 18, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: July 18, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Kid Rhino
  • ASIN: B00004TZZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Powerpuff Girls (Main Theme) - The Powerpuff Girls: Heroes & Villians
2. Go Monkey Go - Devo
3. Pray For The Girls - Frank Black
4. Signal In The Sky (Let's Go) - The Apples In Stereo
5. Walk & Chew Gum - Optiganally Yours
6. Buttercup (I'm A Super Girl) - Shonen Knife
7. B.L.O.S.S.O.M. - Komeda
8. Bubbles - Dressy Bessy
9. Fight The Power - Bis
10. Don't Look Down - The Sugarplastic
11. The Fight - Cornelius
12. Friends Win - The Bill Doss
13. The Powerpuff Girls (End Theme) - Bis

Editorial Reviews

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Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup sure know how to pick 'em. Their Heroes & Villains might be the coolest soundtrack of the summer of 2000, as well as the best repellant for Townsville's evil monkey, Mojo Jojo. Inspired by the Cartoon Network's The Powerpuff Girls series, this delicious disc delivers a handful of exceptional contemporary pop-rock tunes customized especially for the occasion. And the music's so good that it may supersede the cartoon itself. Produced by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh and Bob Casale, with fave groups picked by Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken, Heroes & Villains has nary a clunker in its bunch. Disc highlights include the Beatles-like "Walk and Chew Gum" (Optiganally Yours), Komeda's killer "B.L.O.S.S.O.M.," Apples in Stereo's hook-infested "Signal in the Sky (Let's Go," Shonen Knife's hard-edged "Buttercup (I'm A Super Girl)," and a fun story thread that runs between songs. Of course there's Devo's own simian cheer lead, "Go Monkey Go," clearly another de-evolutionary breakdown at the hands of the mindless monkey Mojo. Play it again and again at maximum power. --Martin Keller

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic August 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Like the cartoon show it is based on, "The Powerpuff Girls - Heroes and Villains" is an instant classic, and may well be the coolest and most-played CD you buy this year! From the opening snippet and Devo's "Go Monkey Go" (all cheesy 80's synths and lyrics Boojii Boy might have written twenty years ago) through to the extended version of Bis's hard-rock end theme (reason enough for fans to buy the album, having two full verses for the first time), this release just does not put a foot wrong.
The artists involved were all hand-picked by Craig McCracken, creator of the series, who also contributes liner notes. It's not a question of which tracks on the CD are good and which aren't...but rather which are good and which are awesome. Stand-out tracks for me would have to be the hi-tech wonders of "The Fight" by Cornelius (listen LOUD with a good pair of headphones and prepare to be blown away) and the other Bis track, "Fight The Power" - featuring a huge Chemical-Brothers-style meltdown in the middle. And who could resist lyrics like "You've got the brainpower of a sunflower"?
Aside from the fact that the ORIGINAL "Love Makes The World Go Round" (sung by the Powerpuff Girls) really should have been included, this WEA/Rhino release is a perfect CD, full of variety and talent, with a fun storyline to match. What more needs to be said?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makin' a better day through the power of music! October 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This CD is just incredible! The genre style is dream pop-indie. Songs like "Bubbles" by Dressy Bessy, "Don't Look Down" by The Sugarplastic, and "Signal in the Sky (Let's Go!)" by The Apples in Stereo, will wake you up with it's healing power if you're down, as well as float you away to the clouds if you're tense. Either way, the majority of songs here are powerful and plain irresistable. This is also stuff you'd really want your kids to listen to.

It has credibility whether you really are a kid with a sweet tooth for infectious music or an alienated teen like I was when I fell in love with this record. "Fight the Power" by Bis and "The Fight" by Cornelius are highly danceable and fully forced pop and techno, "B.L.O.S.S.O.M." by Komeda and "Pray for the Girls" by Frank Black are two more choice tracks which both give a kick and are very thoughtful or a little brooding. And finally "Friends Win" by Bill Doss has an interesting 80's sound to it that reminds me of Human League and/or Haircut 100.

I didn't care for "Walk & Chew Gum" by Optiganally Yours or "Go Monkey Go!" by Devo, but they're good songs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoooaaaa!!!!! January 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love the show, but I was still sure I was hallucinating when I stumbled upon this and read who was on it. Apples in Stereo?? Frank Black?? Dressy Bessy?? CORNELIUS?? All singing about POWERPUFF GIRLS-NESS?? This is perhaps one of the coolest THINGS I have ever seen. Seriously. Now they need to do a Samurai Jack album with Cibo Matto and Soul Coughing and such. Rock on.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough tribute to the Powerpuffs October 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
There have been a few notable tie-ins to animated TV series. Some, like South Park's Chef Aid, boasts an eclectic collection of songs from the series done by alternative, rap, and punk artists. In the case of The Powerpuff Girls:Heroes And Villains, the concept is different, as the songs here are inspired by the series, and with the exception of the intro and end theme, are original. The songs assume that one is in on the Powerpuff Girls, otherwise references to Mojo Jojo and the Gangreen Gang would be lost on the uninitiated.
Interspersed between the songs is a bit by bit story of the Powerpuff Girls against Mojo Jojo.
At least Mojo gets a song rooting him on. That is the upbeat "Go Monkey Go" by Devo. Q: Are they not human, A: No they are Mojo.
"Signal In The Sky" by The Apples In Stereo is a nice dose of Beatles-ish pop-alternative and one of the highlights of this collection. Anyone see the music video for this?
Optiganally Yours' "Walk & Chew Gum" is a pleasing oddity of 1930's/1940's lo-fi jazz and describes the Mayor as someone who can't, well, do the actions of title track at the same time. The lyrics here has the mayor down to a tee: "Thank goodness for the Powerpuffs/Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup make it easy to do my job." That is a massive understatement right there.
With "All right, Mo-Jerk! How'd you like a taste of Buttercup?" introduced by the toughest Powerpuff, comes the best song on Heroes On Villains, Shonen Knife's "Buttercup (I'm A Super Girl)," which is the punkest song I've heard the Yamano sisters do. The adrenaline fury of the drums and guitar reflect Buttercup's reputation as the toughest fighter perfectly.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for adults, iffy for little kids. August 9, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you are an adult PPG fan, you will get a kick out of this little upbeat collection set up as an "audio adventure." The pace is upbeat and mostly fast, so it goes to the gym easily for an entertaining workout.
If you are a parent thinking of buying it for a child, it might be a little iffy. Although it pleases me to see more positive role models for little girls and it's not as violent as other cartoons, a parent wishing to limit their child's exposure to violence on TV might not want to deal with PPG stuff. It also bothers me that the lyrics to B.L.O.S.S.O.M. coupled with the chanting, almost frantic pace can come across as bulimic: "Go beserk, let it work, do the right thing. I've got an urge, I've got to purge, I've got to get it out, I want to make a better day. I want to hear you say, I want to make a better day. I want to hear you say -- We've got to make a better day."
So overall? I think it is a lot of fun for the adults, and maybe a little iffy for the kids. It's going to be a personal call for the parents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Family Favorite
Years ago when this recording was released I purchased a copy for my daughter who was a Powerpuff Girls fan. We would listen to it on long road trips with fond memories. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kori L Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars music cd
My son loved this cd and added it to his ipod as well. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the show
Published 8 months ago by Frank Elmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice
brings such memories of the Powerpuff Girls show. i mainly purchased this CD cause The Apples In Stereo song "signal in the sky (let's go)" was on it. Read more
Published on May 3, 2010 by K. Garnic
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best CDs of all time--seriously
Ok, I'm 54 years old, I've heard a lot of music, and I have a wide range of tastes. And I rank this cd as one of the best overall pop/rock listening experiences of all time. Read more
Published on May 9, 2008 by R. Shouse
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Stop This Album
I'll tell you this; wow. I've had this captivating cd since I was a little girl, but since little girls are not to the most handiest ones with cds, it's kinda well; unusuable now. Read more
Published on August 27, 2007 by C. A. Aburime
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes and Villians
Heroes and Villians is everything I hoped it would be, and more.
It's the perfect PowerPuff Girls soundtrack.
Published on July 14, 2007 by Stacia M. Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD...
I bought this for my niece for her birthday. She absolutely loves it. The music is great.
Published on May 26, 2007 by M. Vasconi
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Soundtrack
The three young superheroines star in this amazing audio adventure where they save the day and play a little music, too. Read more
Published on August 18, 2006 by Tim Coogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and fun!
My husband bought this when it first came out because my daughter loved the Powerpuff Girls. I have to say that it is one of my favorite CDs and I am not a big music fan. Read more
Published on June 19, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An hour full of powerful Powerpuff stuff.
Don't worry, you don't have to be a 12 year old girl, or familiar with the show to like this. I'm a 31 year old male, and I can't decide what I like more, watching, or listening to... Read more
Published on June 16, 2003 by H3@+h
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