VARIOUS ARTISTS Super Fantastic Mega Smash Hits! (1995)

Super Fantastic Mega Smash Hits! (1995)
Technically, It’s A Concept Album

It was probably a funny idea in the board room. An album of old hit songs (some kinda dopey) by young, alternative artists (circa 1995), topped off with a sleeve that replicates the cheapie K-Tel hits collections of the 70s. Sales-wise, the cover might have been a little too convincing, to the point that some serious buyers ignored this set, just like they ignored those K-Tel originals. But it must have worked some magic, as Pravda Records released a handful of follow-ups (here’s one) with the same concept. Even re-issuing (or pre-issuing, it’s hard to tell) this CD (HERE) with added material (HERE).


THE SLUG – Hooked on a Feeling (3:15)
BO BUD GREENE – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (3:23)
SHADOWY MEN ON A SHADOWY PLANET – Popcorn (2:19)
THE NEW DUNCAN IMPERIALS – Convoy (3:50)
SMASHING PUMPKINS – Jackie Blue (3:52)
RED RED MEAT – I’m Not in Love (4:57)
SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS – Venus (3:48)
VIC CHESNUTT – The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (4:36)
FIGDISH – Kung Fu Fighting (3:40)
THE SNEETCHES with SHOES – I Wanna Be With You (3:08)
POSTER CHILDREN – I Feel Love (4:59)
SUSAN VOELZ – Ode to Billy Joe (6:20)
REX DAISY – Welcome Back (2:48)
UNCLE TUPELO – Movin’ On (3:30)
THE FASTBACKS – Rocket Man (4:01)

 

11 Comments

  • 1
    Kurt
    December 29, 2010 - 14:22 | Permalink

    Haven't seen Rex Daisy's name in a while.

  • 2
    grifftrain
    December 29, 2010 - 14:24 | Permalink

    Sweet. I was hoping you guys would be back. You guys are the ones who are super fantastic mega smashy awesomely great !

  • 3
    Four Steps From The Blues
    December 29, 2010 - 14:51 | Permalink

    Not all of us were immumne to the cheesy cover. I didn't buy this, but have the similar "Twenty Explosive Dynamic Super Smash Hit Explosions" referenced in your Amazon link.

    I swore by the K-Tel collections in the Seventies. There was no better way to get the current hits. The "That's What I Call Music" people have a similar idea and although they also have cheesy covers they aren't as kickass as K-tel.

  • 4
    W
    December 29, 2010 - 15:01 | Permalink

    The problem with this cover (and series) is that it's too K-TEL. At first glance, it looks like the real thing. The Now That's What I Call Music people took it a marketing step further. They've developed a "brand" name. I don't think that series will ever end, as their sales are staggering. Thanks for the comments.

  • 5
    Shriner
    December 29, 2010 - 15:49 | Permalink

    Is it so K-TEL that all the songs are "edited" versions?

    I found a bunch of K-TEL albums in a used record store a while back for $1 each (or maybe it was less) and was surprised how many of the songs were even shorter than the *single* versions.

    I guess I'll have to listen.

  • 6
    W
    December 29, 2010 - 16:04 | Permalink

    Didn't know K-TEL did that.

  • 7
    Anonymous
    December 29, 2010 - 18:31 | Permalink

    Well, great comp. I'd never hope to hear Venus like that. Have you some more of this kind ?
    Doc Muller

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    W
    December 29, 2010 - 13:56 | Permalink

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  • 9
    Patrick
    December 29, 2010 - 20:15 | Permalink

    I gotta say that the re-issue or whatever is vastly superior, due to the addition of Cheer-Accident's amazing rendition of the 'Theme From Shaft'

  • 10
    drfeelgoed
    January 2, 2011 - 01:20 | Permalink

    Thanks, this is fun!
    As for having shorter versions of the hits on the K-Tel albums, yes, they did that quite often and they were not the only ones.
    I remember having a 25 Golden R & R Hits album that had 2 songs edited down to just over half a minute!

  • 11
    shadreck
    January 2, 2011 - 10:59 | Permalink

    Looks good. Thanks.

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