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Schoolhouse Rock: Science Rock

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Schoolhouse Rock
  2. The Body Machine
  3. Do The Circulation
  4. Electricity, Electricity
  5. The Energy Blues
  6. Interplanet Janet
  7. Telegraph Line
  8. Them Not So Dry Bones
  9. A Victim Of Gravity


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033XU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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.
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By A Customer on June 15, 2004
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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.
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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.
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