OK, I admit it, I’ve got a thing for cartoon music and all things sonically cartoons. But mostly my posts have been about the actual scores and songs from the ‘toons (and let’s not forget the sound effects).
But my friend Andy Schwartz just sent me a really cool piece (from the cooler than cool radio station blog of WFMU in New Jersey) dedicated to the actual record label Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera set up during the 1960s heyday of Hanna-Barbera Productions, where the company recorded original songs and stories using the original character voice actors and orchestras.
But that’s not all!
"The company put out, as you might expect, albums based on The Flintstones, Atom Ant, Touché Turtle et al. However, they were also responsible for some of the most impressive (and now sought after) garage rock, psychedelia and rugged soul music of the era - and indirectly spawned a band called Three Dog Night.”
PS: And if, like me, you’re as obsessed with album covers with cartoon characters and you are with the music itself, check out the cartoon gallery at LP Cover Lover, curated by my great friend Matthew Glass.