The 90s were a strange and wonderful time for Pop Music. At one point, everyone was talking about it: Pop Music! Doobie Doobie Doo Wop! Pop Music! And somewhere along the way, in 1991 actually, Disney decided to make it a little stranger with this Simply Mad About the Mouse CD compilation of some of the companies most endearing and enduring musical classics.
And they collaborated with some of the decades biggest musical acts.
Some of these stars have stood the test of time and are still producing music today, while others have faded or passed away. But one thing that they all have in common is that they out grew the horrible clothing and hair styles of the period!
Most of the tracks are quite good. A few are Simply Okay About the Mouse. And a few are true standouts! This is common when a compilation album features such a diverse cross section of the industry. Every listener will have their favorite track, but for me, it is definitely the one that took me to my Laughing Place:
Below you can see an image of the disc itself with the playlist:
By the numbers: 1, 4, 9, 10, and 11 were just okay. 2 and 8 were quite good. And 3, 5, 6, and 7 were definitely standouts! Bobby McFerrin’s unique version of The Siamese Cat Song was beyond amazing and well worth the listen.
Ric Ocasek (March 23, 1944 – September 15, 2019) was the primary co-lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, songwriter, and frontman for the rock band the Cars. He released his first solo album in 1982, which would explain why the track I have included as an audio file with this post is by him alone and not by the Cars. In 2018, Ocasek was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars.
It’s hard to believe that this CD was released over 30 years ago! Music styles have continued to change. Musicians and bands have come and gone. But one thing has remained constant: Disney music. It is as timeless today as it has ever been. And it always will be!
Zip – A – Dee – Doo – Dah, what a wonderful thing!