SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK POLL

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Three Is a Magic Number 8
Conjunction Junction 5
Unpack Your Adjectives 4
Verb: That's What's Happening 4
I'm Just A Bill 3
Interjections! 3
Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla 2
No More Kings 2
The Four-Legged Zoo 1
Figure Eight 1
Interplanet Janet 1
Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here 1
Electricity, Electricity 1
Lucky Seven Sampson 1
I Got Six 1
The Preamble 1
The Weather Show 0
A Victim Of Gravity 0
Elbow Room 0
Fireworks 0
The Great American Melting Pot 0
I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College 0
My Hero, Zero 0
Mother Necessity 0
The Shot Heard 'Round The World 0
Them Not-So-Dry Bones 0
Telegraph Line 0
Elementary, My Dear 0
Ready or Not, Here I Come 0
Naughty Number Nine 0
The Good Eleven 0
Little Twelvetoes 0
A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing 0
Busy Prepositions 0
The Tale of Mr. Morton 0
The Body Machine 0
Do The Circulation 0
The Energy Blues 0
Sufferin' Till SuffrageThree Ring Government0


The Reverend, Saturday, 22 December 2007 09:04 (twelve years ago) link

Oops, messed up those last two. I guess their vote can be combined.

Anyway, "Verb: That's What's Happening": That's what's happening. "I'm Just a Bill", "Conjunction Junction", and "The Magic Number" are pretty badass, too.

The Reverend, Saturday, 22 December 2007 09:07 (twelve years ago) link

my money was on this being a chaki thread.

J0rdan S., Saturday, 22 December 2007 09:16 (twelve years ago) link

i'm voting for the classic "i'm just a bill"

J0rdan S., Saturday, 22 December 2007 09:16 (twelve years ago) link

They're almost all classics. I'm torn between Interjection! and No More Kings, at the moment, but it could easily be any of a dozen more.

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 22 December 2007 12:18 (twelve years ago) link

Very torn between
- Verb! (That's What's Happening)
- Figure Eight
- Little Twelve Toes
- Three is a Magic Number

Bobbi Peru, Saturday, 22 December 2007 20:46 (twelve years ago) link

I wanna vote for "I Got Six" but my family is pressuring me to go for "Sufferin' Until Suffrage." This is gonna go down to the wire.

Dimension 5ive, Saturday, 22 December 2007 20:50 (twelve years ago) link

Desperate showdown between "My Hero Zero" and "Lucky Seven Sampson," with the latter taking it in the end. "I sure do thank you for the huckleberry pie!"

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 22 December 2007 21:07 (twelve years ago) link

interjection

gershy, Saturday, 22 December 2007 21:08 (twelve years ago) link

Verb, no doubt. I get my thang in action!

Oilyrags, Saturday, 22 December 2007 21:15 (twelve years ago) link

wots yr function?

tipsy mothra, Saturday, 22 December 2007 21:19 (twelve years ago) link

that was sweet. I doubt there were 20 pop songs released this year that are better than "Conjunction Junction"

nicky lo-fi, Saturday, 22 December 2007 22:35 (twelve years ago) link

God Bless Jack Sheldon

PappaWheelie V, Sunday, 23 December 2007 04:29 (twelve years ago) link

I'm all about FOUR. I mean, there's a kudu and everything!
Recently I've had to explain Schoolhouse Rock to some of The Kids, and it makes me feel old and sad :(

Morley Timmons, Sunday, 23 December 2007 06:41 (twelve years ago) link

Unpack Your Adjectives

Curt1s Stephens, Sunday, 23 December 2007 06:45 (twelve years ago) link

Huh, I didn't know Jack Sheldon was white!

"Interjections!" for me, altho "No More Kings" still has the narrative power to make me wish I was American nearly 30 yrs later

Myonga Vön Bontee, Monday, 24 December 2007 03:06 (twelve years ago) link

Very hard to pick just one, but I'm gonna go along with Curtis and vote for UYA, although the rest of the clan might wanna vote for Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 24 December 2007 03:10 (twelve years ago) link

Very tough call, but I went for Verb.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Monday, 24 December 2007 05:24 (twelve years ago) link

THREE IS ALWAYS MAGIC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11N-BD1aBo0

forksclovetofu, Monday, 24 December 2007 10:34 (twelve years ago) link

Schoolhouse Rock C/D?

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 24 December 2007 14:42 (twelve years ago) link

Tough choice, but "Conjunction Junction" I think.

Who all here is old enough to have watched these in their original Sat.-morning-cartoons setting?

Rock Hardy, Monday, 24 December 2007 17:29 (twelve years ago) link

yo

gershy, Monday, 24 December 2007 17:30 (twelve years ago) link

not yo

The Reverend, Monday, 24 December 2007 18:45 (twelve years ago) link

Second run.

forksclovetofu, Monday, 24 December 2007 18:48 (twelve years ago) link

Same here, but I was a bit too young for them to be useful for me.

The Reverend, Monday, 24 December 2007 18:53 (twelve years ago) link

http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/7625/eartrumpetgx1.jpg

Oilyrags, Monday, 24 December 2007 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

yo

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 24 December 2007 19:17 (twelve years ago) link

...nearly 30 years later...

Myonga Vön Bontee, Monday, 24 December 2007 22:30 (twelve years ago) link

hand held high [or as high as i can with the onset of arthritis].

violoncellos, Monday, 24 December 2007 22:38 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, and "Rufus x.p" for the win.

violoncellos, Monday, 24 December 2007 22:40 (twelve years ago) link

er, obviously the lager has gotten to the synapses. Make that "Rufus x. s." for the win.

violoncellos, Monday, 24 December 2007 22:41 (twelve years ago) link

We had to recite the preamble in seventh grade and everyone had it memorized from Saturday mornings. One kid was basically busted for doing so when he couldn't help reciting it in the same meter as the song. Saying "ah-and" was the dead giveaway.

dad a, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 03:15 (twelve years ago) link

i bought this for my son a couple years back, so fun remembering lyrics to songs i had not heard in 20+ years. amazing how these ditties really burned into memory cells.

gershy, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 03:21 (twelve years ago) link

yo, yo

Morley Timmons, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 07:01 (twelve years ago) link

i am guilty and old as charged

Dimension 5ive, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 08:05 (twelve years ago) link

god this is hard

chaki, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 08:06 (twelve years ago) link

How to even vote?

"My Hero, Zero" is the catchiest
"Conjunction Junction" is probably the most educational
"Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla" is a motherfucker of a song

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 09:00 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

I didn't vote for it, but "The Tale of Mr. Morton" should be taught in songwriting classes.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 26 December 2007 04:19 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Thursday, 27 December 2007 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

Who all here is old enough

I was there.

xhuxk, Thursday, 27 December 2007 03:40 (twelve years ago) link

De La Soul fans, amirite?

Oilyrags, Thursday, 27 December 2007 03:50 (twelve years ago) link

i was there too, ca. 76-78. used to go across the road saturday mornings to watch cartoons at eric's house. schoolhouse rock bits came on between speed buggy, fat albert, krofft supershow.

tipsy mothra, Thursday, 27 December 2007 03:58 (twelve years ago) link

Missed the poll, but I was squarely in the demographic when these first aired. Would have voted for "The Shot Heard 'Round the World," but I always think of "The Great American Melting Pot" when I'm riding on the F train and can see Lovely Lady Liberty off in the distance.

Joseph McCombs, Thursday, 27 December 2007 16:15 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

Was robbed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhHpJ45_zwM

This song rocks.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 24 November 2009 01:19 (ten years ago) link

Robbed? Hey! It got three votes!

Welcome To The King Pleasure-dome (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 01:26 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, but Three Is A Magic Number got 8 votes.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 24 November 2009 01:27 (ten years ago) link

Thx 4 the subtitles had no idea as a youngin that it was:

"They're generally set apart from a sentence
By an exclamation point
Or by a comma when the feeling's not as strong."

♪♫(●̲̲̅̅̅̅=̲̲̅̅̅̅●̲̅̅)♪♫ (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 01:27 (ten years ago) link

Oops! I forgot! That's my favorite song!

Welcome To The King Pleasure-dome (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 01:28 (ten years ago) link

I love the chorus: "So when you're happy (HURRAY!) or sad (AWWW!) . . ."

Genius, kinda.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 24 November 2009 01:30 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

I didn't vote for it, but "The Tale of Mr. Morton" should be taught in songwriting classes.

― James Redd and the Blecchs, Tuesday, December 25, 2007 8:19 PM (5 years ago)

Written by Lynn Ahrens, who is also the voice on some of her own compositions. Wrote on her "Preamble":

http://thisiheard.blogspot.com/2013/09/schoolhouse-rock-preamble-1975.html

timellison, Saturday, 21 September 2013 17:56 (six years ago) link

DJ Quik sampling "Verb: That's What's Happening" in "We Still Party" is one of the dopest samples ever.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E2pX7ezEKIs&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DE2pX7ezEKIs

The Reverend, Saturday, 21 September 2013 20:06 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

Bob Dorough does a jazz brunch sometimes or variants thereof, including this weekend at Joe's Pub.

In Walked Sho-Bud (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 24 February 2014 16:36 (six years ago) link

"I'm Just A Bill" wuz robbed.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 24 February 2014 22:49 (six years ago) link

"I Got Six" kicks so much ass.

Alex in NYC, Monday, 24 February 2014 22:54 (six years ago) link

i don't see how unpack your adjectives got more votes than classics i'm just a bill and interjection!. fix was in.

Daniel, Esq 2, Monday, 24 February 2014 22:55 (six years ago) link

DJ Quik sampling "Verb: That's What's Happening" in "We Still Party" is one of the dopest samples ever.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E2pX7ezEKIs&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DE2pX7ezEKIs

― The Reverend, Saturday, September 21, 2013 1:06 PM Bookmark

Me OTM!

imago draggin' (The Reverend), Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:00 (six years ago) link

Alright I have my tickets for this Sunday's noontime performance.

In Walked Sho-Bud (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 25 February 2014 17:52 (six years ago) link

Will you call out requests?

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 March 2014 16:21 (five years ago) link

Think so.

In Walked Sho-Bud (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 March 2014 17:57 (five years ago) link

He front-loaded the straight jazz part of the show, including "September Song" and "I'm Hip," then did Schoolhouse Rock material at the end. Afterwards somebody had him autograph the sleeve of a Sorcerer LP. He promised to do "Rufus Xavier Sarsparilla" next weekend.

In Walked Sho-Bud (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 3 March 2014 04:28 (five years ago) link

one year passes...
four months pass...

Thx 4 the subtitles had no idea as a youngin that it was:

"They're generally set apart from a sentence
By an exclamation point
Or by a comma when the feeling's not as strong."

― ♪♫(●̲̲̅̅̅̅=̲̲̅̅̅̅●̲̅̅)♪♫ (Steve Shasta), Monday, November 23, 2009 5:27 PM (5 years ago)

This part kind of reminds me of another song, maybe the chorus(?) of The Crystals' "He's A Rebel":

Just because he's doesn't do what
Everybody else does...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 30 September 2015 08:15 (four years ago) link

two months pass...
two years pass...

HI DERE,
Thread of missing Bob Dorough. Glad I got to see him live the one time and name a rolling jazz thread or two after his work before the recent curvy Colombian crackdown.

Dub (Webster’s Dictionary) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 27 April 2018 14:31 (one year ago) link

Incredible songwriter obviously, and a very distinctive singer who projected exactly the right pitch of warmth, enthusiasm, and uncondescending knowingness to make this material as compelling as it is.

"Remember Lucky Seven Sampson, that's my natural-born name
If you should ask me again I'd have to tell you the same
When you wake up tomorrow you'll be glad that I came
'Cause you'll be singing one of the songs that *I* sang"

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Friday, 27 April 2018 14:53 (one year ago) link

Adore the animation but it was the music that stuck in my head my entire life. I bought the DVD for my kids and the CD box set for me!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 27 April 2018 15:21 (one year ago) link

weird bit of trivia only interesting to me: Bob Dorough once guested on a Fantastic Plastic Machine LP. on first listen I remember thinking, "this dude sounds a lot like the Schoolhouse Rock guy"; it was a few years before I realized it actually was

frogbs, Monday, 30 April 2018 21:47 (one year ago) link

Bob Dorough made it to 94 and saw generations of kids love and learn from his music. That's about as good as it gets.

I don't know about you lot but his songs still rattle round my brain at times.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 3 May 2018 23:20 (one year ago) link

Nice tribute coming up in a few days

Abbatari Teenage Riot (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 May 2018 23:48 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...
one year passes...

I hope his voice will be echoing round school rooms for centuries...

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 2 February 2020 18:01 (three weeks ago) link

Man, I love each and every one of the cats associated with this music.

He’s the Listener DJ, I’m the Listener Rapper (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:35 (two weeks ago) link


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