Top Five Nostalgic Cartoon Bands
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Besides being an insidious marketing campaign--infesting our minds with ear worms that unconsciously convince us to buy withered grapes--The California Raisins were the most soulful lumps of clay ever molded. They played that sweet soul music. And when one of their commercials came on television, it had a similar effect as when That Thing You Do comes on television -- no matter what, you have to watch. And get this, the original commercial featuring the raisins singing I Heard It Through the Grapevine premiered in 1987!
Bubblegum music and cartoons go together like Scooby Doo and Shaggy, and the 1968-1969 cartoon, The Archie Show, was the crowning achievement of psychedelic yet wholesome animation. The characters -- Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones -- started The Archies. This band's reach didn't just fall on the ears of hyperactive rugrats; their song, "Sugar, Sugar," was a hit back in 1969. The Archies were the real yet fictitious deal.