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Schoolhouse Rock rocks!

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by bassteban, Oct 30, 2005.


  1. I searched & was surprised to find no threads on this stuff. If you were alive & watching cartoons in the 70s(or not), you will trip. Check it out- some very funky bass all over it. I particularly dig 'I got 6', & though not funky(more Elton-esque), 'Hey Little 12 Toes' & 'Figure 8', a sweet Blossom Dearie number. Anyone else used to watch too much TV?
     
  2. I did a stage version of School House Rock, and it was a LOT of fun! Bought my first 5-string bass just before it and used it in the pit! Had a great time! I'm all for the School House Rock stuff! My wife's favorite is "I'm Just a Bill"

    Good stuff! :hyper:
     
  3. Except I'm about to crash...
    :rolleyes:
    I'll check back in. BTW, my kids(6, 4 & 5 mos)love it- they've got several of the tunes down!
     
  4. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    I am a MASSIVE Blossom Dearie fan, and came across a track called 'Unpack Your Adjectives' a while back somewhere on the net. Fun stuff.

    http://www.school-house-rock.com/
     
  5. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass What key is this?

    May 26, 2005
    Fife, WA
    I bought the DVD awhile ago - my sons aren't really 'book' people (caught that from their mother, really - I read books by the gross). Started playing along with and really was impressed by the musicality of those songs. My fave is "rufus xavier sasparilla", personally, but "figure 8" is pretty hip too.
     
  6. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Illinoize
    I love that Ween cover of "The Shot Heard 'Round The World".

    "3 is the Magic Number" by Blind Melon is also awesome.
     
  7. My 8-year old son was talking about schoolhouse rock the other day, said he saw it at school, so it seems to have held up well over the years. A great way to learn about otherwise mundane things using catchy music/lyrics and cartoons.

    I still remember the words to some of those songs 30+ years later (yes, I am older than most of you whippersnappers here).
     
  8. You're the man, Josh! It's fun stuff, isn't it? Gotta love it! :D
     
  9. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Exactly why I came in here. Don't like all the bands, but it's cool to hear Alt Rock versions of the songs.
     
  10. Pruitt

    Pruitt

    Jun 30, 2005
    Danbury, CT
    My all time favorite! When I was a kid, I used to sing that song all the time. lol... :)
     
  11. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    Along with Conjuntion Junction, Interjection (starts a sentence with emotion, generally set apart from the sentence by an exclamation point or by a comma when the feeling's not as strong) was my favorite of the Grammer ones - I only remember what conjuntions and interjections are because of those songs.

    I also like We, the People. Pure genius to put music to the Preamble to the Constitution. I'm Just a Bill also helped me through high school civics. Not if they just could have done a 90 second song on Calculus, I might have avoided that C- in college.
     
  12. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    I would LOVE to know who the musicians were that played on the original Schoolhouse Rock songs, that stuff SMOKED!! I do know that jazz trumpeter Jack Sheldon was the voice of The Multiplication Bunny.
     
  13. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    ROTFLMAO!!! A 90-second song about Calculus? That would've been more like a 20-minute Prog Rock epic. :D
     
  14. Bob Dorough did a few of them- '3 is a magic number' & 'Little 12 toes', among others- the one that sounds like a 6-yr-old girl(on 'Figure 8' & 'Unpack your adjectives')is Blossom Dearie. A google search should give you some more info.
     
  15. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    + 1

    But don't forget about ...

    "Verb, verb, that's what's hap-pen-ing!!! :D
     
  16. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Pretty much every 20 minute prog rock epic is about Calculus...
     
  17. Did anyone ever find out who all those great musicians are?
     
  18. I know of Bob Dorough(3 is a Magic #)& Blossom Dearie(Figure 8). Worthwhile zombie thread!
     
  19. Saxn

    Saxn

    Oct 23, 2010
    Nashville, GA
    Man I am sorry to (re)resurrect a dead thread, but my kids were just checking out "math rock" - I had never heard this stuff before, and I had to STOP WORK, back it up and listen to that bassline :eek: At this writing, five and six are highly recommended listening :D