Top Five Nostalgic Cartoon Bands

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Music writing, sometimes, could use a sense of humor -- or maybe just a bit more animation. Lately, I've thinking about cartoons.  When I was a kid, I loved Nickelodeon.  Honestly, who didn't?  Rocko's Modern Life, The Angry Beavers, Spongebob, Doug -- to name a few. These shows really bring me back.  But as I was walking down memory lane -- that cheesy and terribly corny avenue of childhood -- I started to think about music, about theme songs, and about all the great cartoon bands.  So here is a list of top five bands from the cartoon world that kick some very real life ass.

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5. The California Raisins

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!  

4. The Archies

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. 

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