Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Groovie Goolies

If you are of a certain age, you might remember the Saturday Morning cartoon show, The Groovie Goolies. Then again, you might not because the show wasn't really very memorable. Likewise, the music featured in the show was pretty uninspired. For the most part the Goolies' tunes sounded like the stuff that was too bland to be cut by The Archies.

According to Wikipedia, Tom McKenzie, a former member of the Doodletown Pipers, provided vocals for much of the music featured on the show. Maybe he's the one singing on this track, "First Annual Semi-Formal Combination Celebration Meet The Monster Population Party," which is the most enjoyable track on the Groovie Goolies' sole album.

I suppose I'm being a bit hard on these monsters, but I think this was a real missed opportunity. The Groovie Goolies show offered the perfect chance to turn young kids on to something a little bit musically wilder and more aggressive, a chance to subvert the dominant musical paradigm. Instead the show's producers offered chewing gum that had lost its flavor on the bedpost overnight. If you're looking for cartoon rock with a more exciting garage-rock flavor, check out The Hardy Boys, they (seriously) rocked.

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