THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS!
One of America’s most heard and least known composers, Raymond Scott has been enjoying a revival of late—typically without a whole lot of people noticing even as they are hearing. What they’re hearing is The Ren & Stirnpy Show, the hit cartoon series on Nickelodeon, where Scott’s music has been relicensed after several decades as the soundtrack of hundreds of classic cartoons. Adapted for Warner Bros, by Carl Stallings, Scott’s music had more eccentric ideas packed into fewer notes than anyone else’s except Spike Jones, who was more
directly comedic. Scott created an atmosphere with his standard jazz quintet where anything could happen and anything could make sense, contributing mightily to the mythic dreamscapes inhabited by Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. In Scott’s first anthology of original studio recordings since 1953, Columbia has assembled some of his most notorious songs, whose wonderfully crackpot melodies will be instantly familiar to any cartoon fan even if the titles are not: “Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals" and “At an Arabian House Party.”—C.M.Y.