Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
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The beauty of Schoolhouse Rock in its original Saturday morning run (1973-85) was that kids watching couldn't tell whether the catchy three-minute cartoon jingles were meant to be commercials, shows, or something else entirely. That enabled overexposed TV youth to learn without realizing it between episodes of Scooby Doo and Fat Albert. Then the Brady Bunch generation became the alternative nation, and the innocence with which they took in these grammar, history, and math lessons was lost. Now comes the obligatory tribute album, Schoolhouse Rock Rocks--pleasant enough, but full of postmodern yuks and missed-the-point nostalgia that aim to celebrate but instead drain the joy from childhood memories.
Though it's somewhat interesting to hear Pavement turn "Mo More Kings" into lo-fi krautrock or Moby make "Verb: That's What's Happening" into industrial techno-pop, the performers who most successfully preserve Schoolhouse Rock's edutainment viability are those who are most cartoonish to begin with: Ween ("The Shot Heard 'round the World"), Biz Markie ("The Energy Blues"), and Daniel Johnston ("Unpack Your Adjectives"). The problem remains, nonetheless: Any revamping of these songs implies Schoolhouse Rock somehow needed to be made hipper. That none of these songs is better than its original proves how very unhip '70s kids have grown up to be. --Roni Sarig

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tracklisting: Schoolhouse Rocky [Original Theme Music] - Bob Dorough and Friends
I'm Just a Bill - Deluxx Folk Implosion
Three Is A Magic Number - Blind Melon
Conjunction Junction - Better Than Ezra
Electricity, Electricity - Goodness
No More Kings - Pavement
Shot Heard 'Round the World - Ween
My Hero, Zero - The Lemonheads
Energy Blues - Biz Markie
Little Twelvetoes - Chavez
Verb: That's What's Happening - Moby
Interplanet Janet - Man or Astro-man?
Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here - Buffalo Tom
Unpack Your Adjectives - Daniel Johnston
Tale of Mr. Morton - Skee-Lo
title: Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 09-04-1996
price: $9.98
net Rating: 4
last lookup time: 137389328
genre: Lo-Fi
Television Soundtracks
Indie Rock
Novelty Music
fullTitle: Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
currentValue: $3.29
created: 137389264
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
asin: B000005J80
artist: Various Artists