Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits
CD Review: Saturday Morning Cartoons’ Greatest Hits.
Here’s something a little bit different. I recently rediscovered an old CD featuring covers of classic cartoon theme songs, performed by artists who were popular in 1995. It was the soundtrack to a Cartoon Network television special, which I remember fondly, and features hardcore covers of cartoons including “Speed Racer”, “Popeye”, “H.R. Pufnstuf”, “Spider-Man” (by the Ramones!), “Gigantor” and lots more. I wrote a review of the CD and all 19 individual tracks.
Around 1995, the then-new cable station, Cartoon Network, aired a late night television special called â??Saturday Morning Cartoonsâ?? Greatest Hitsâ?. It featured many of then-popular artists performing covers to various classic (and not so classic) cartoon theme songs. The special was hosted by, er, Liz Phair, I think, (I havenâ??t seen the thing in 11 years, gimme a break) and a dude in a Banana Splits costume. Each song had an accompanying music video featuring the band performing in front of clips of the cartoon in question. It was actually really cool and I even copied it onto a blank Beta Max cassette. Sadly, said cassette got trashed after our last Beta player broke-down (oh the humanity!). Well, much to my surprise earlier this year, the special actually had an accompanying CD, containing all the songs! The thing can be found on eBay relatively cheap (used copies going for under a buck, and factory sealed ones not exceeding $5). The music is a mixed bag, but the badass songs out-weigh the lame ones, and I would highly recommend it to any cartoon fan of any age.