One of the few CDs I still listen to in this amazing digital age is Saturday Morning: Cartoon's Greatest Hits. The album, which is still not available on iTunes, was a tribute to all the best cartoon theme songs of the '60s and '70s. Things like Scooby Doo and Sigmund and the Sea Monster, but with bands like Helmet covering them.
It's highly worth the buy if you managed to track down a physical copy. My favorite is Sponge's rendition of "Go Speed Racer Go," and I still think it was a sin to use some ridiculous techno track for the credits of the Wachowski film adaptation rather than Vinne and Co.'s clearly superior version. You also get the classic Ramones performance of "Spider-Man," as well as an amazing Sublime interpretation of "Hong Kong Phooey."
Being a child of the '80s and '90s, I thought about submitting a wish list of my own childhood entertainment being interpreted by modern pop and rock artists. However, I'm just too worried that Michael Bay will find it and try to poop on it. Instead, I wanted to explore the current crop of children's shows and offer some suggestions in case producer Ralph Sall is thinking about a sequel.
Go, Diego! Go, Electric Six: I skipped Dora because her theme song sucks. Diego has the much better tune, and the dark electro-funk that is Electric Six could bring the jungle perfectly to life.
Olivia, Rasputina: If any artist can match the constant imagination of Olivia the Pig, it's Melora Creager. An updated cello version would be just the thing. Seems appropriate since Rasputina has already covered "This Little Piggy" previously.
Pink Dinky Do, Pink: Honestly, I'm still not convinced that Pink isn't already singing this anyway.
Team Umizoomi, Danzig: I admit that one of the reasons I suggest Danzig is just because it would be very funny to hear him belt out "We are a tiny team!" That aside, the song already had a tremendous rock vibe underneath the lighthearted pop, and there's a fair amount of defiance and fist-pumping you could inject in it.
Toot & Puddle, Lady Gaga: Anyone who has watched this show can attest that it is really the story of a world-traveling gay couple engaging in discovery of self. Have Gaga throw in a disco beat and it basically records itself from that point.
Lazy Town, Green Day: I agonized over this one trying to find a modern male voice that didn't overuse the high end. Green Day finally seemed like the perfect choice. They have the energy, and it helps you imagine Lazy Town as a pink candy version of the city in "Welcome to Paradise."
Caillou, Regina Spektor: Though it's my personal belief that Caillou takes place entirely in the head of a lonely senior, it's still a sweet tune. Spektor has a way of bringing such things to their own particular brand of life.
Bubble Guppies, Hyperbubble: The Kid With One F's favorite show definitely needs the skills of Texas's own electropop duo Hyperbubble. No other act in the world brings such manic joy to their work.
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Jack's Big Music Show, No Doubt: No Doubt is finally back, with a new album set to be released November 25 this year. I'm super-psyched about that, but wouldn't it be great to squeeze in one more little bonus track all about the rock and roll camaraderie that they are so famous for?
Kipper, Nick Cave: This wouldn't even crack the Top 5 list of most insane things that Cave has ever done. The Kipper theme is vaguely jazz, strangely surreal and would definitely give Cave a chance to do what he does best: destroy your soul.