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The Powerpuff Girls: Heroes and Villains Soundtrack

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • 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 (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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An alternative twist on your saturday morning! No, that's not your local college radio station you're listening to...it's "Heroes and Villans"..and this baby packs a punch!
Trapped in a Powerpuff girls episode, you are musically transported through just a typical day-in-the-life of fighting crime and stuff, with the ultra-hip side of the college music scene as your soundtrack.
Ex-Pixie Frank Black's "Pray For The Girls" and Shonen Knife's "Buttercup" are scene stealers on this record, along with the techno-blitz of Bis' "Fight The Power." Of course, the cute and clever Powerpuff theme is included as well.
Not your average top-40 single machine, but a fun collection of odd and quirky tunes that will make you wanna fight evil and smile all at the same time. What a bargain!
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I can't believe someone actually thought this CD was a ripoff because it didn't "represent the music used in the cartoon series." Um, hellooooooo? The CD's title says "Music INSPIRED by the series"? (And the last track of the CD, which is the End Theme, actually has an extra song after it which was used in the crazed black-and-white mime episode. I forget the title. So much for not representing the music used in the cartoon series)
Even the liner note says that these bands are Craig McCracken's personal favorites, the music which inspired him while creating the show. And I guess he asked those bands to create some music about the show in return, and voila, the Powerpuff Girls CD.
The result is quite pleasing. The songs (and their production value) are more indie stuff than Top 40, and that's just fine. Some songs aren't as catchy as I might've liked, but each songs have their own cheerful quirks and personalities that make me smile. My personal favorites are "Walk & Chew Gum" and "Buttercup (I'm a Supergirl)." The Frank Black song is utterly cool as well. And it's sure nice to have the beginning and the ending theme songs on the CD. Perfect stuff to listen to during my dreary morning commute. :)
If you're a fan of the show, then you can't go wrong with this CD. Good stuff. :)
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By A Customer on July 24, 2000
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Wow, what an amusing CD. This is one helluva trip. As you probably know, the CD encapsules a story that is told by the songs, and it works pretty much. My fav tracks are Frank Black's Pray for the Girls, Signal in the Sky by The Apples in Stereo, Don't Look Down by The Sugarplastic, and the End Credits by Bis. Some of this stuff sounds surf to me, in a new approach. The Girls rock and so their CD.
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