Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost
Songs From the Animated Feature & More
This is a cute, kid-friendly assemblage of tunes from and inspired by the two recent direct-to-video Scooby Doo flicks, and being a long time, dyed-in-the-wool Scooby fan, I couldn’t resist it. The bulk of the record is made up of tunes by the Hex Girls, an animated girl group that appeared in the latest of the videos, Scooby Doo & the Witch’s Ghost . The real Hex Girls are an aggregate of session singers led by the irresistible ex-Go-Go, Jane Wiedlin. Their tunes are poppy, semi-spooky (but not spooky enough to scare the little ones), and very hooky (you will catch yourself singing them). To me, the tunes that were actually in the movie aren’t as fun as the new songs that play into the signature elements of the long-running series — and with titles like “Scooby Snacks,” “Zoinks!,” and “Those Meddlin’ Kids,” you probably know exactly what I mean Scooby and Shaggy get in on the action for these tunes, and they’re a lot of fun. The album is rounded out by a couple of generic songs from Scooby Doo on Zombie Island and two versions of the classic TV theme, “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?”: a harmless instrumental and a horrid cover by Billy Ray Cyrus that’s almost as evil as Scrappy Doo (it’s the first track, so start the disc with number two, and you’ll be safe). All in all, it’s a neat bit of fluff that you can enjoy with your kids, or as a guilty pleasure after a late night Cartoon Network binge.
Rhino Records, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; http://www.rhino.com