Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Care Bears: Off To See The World
For the last couple years or so, I've been collecting albums by The Care Bears. Not the more recent ones released on Compact Disc, but the original Kid Stuff ones that came on LP. Why am I collecting these? Probably because I owned three of them when I was a kid. You see, I wasn't allowed to watch normal cartoons like the other kids (GI Joe, Transformers, etc) because of my strict religious upbringing. The Care Bears were one of the least violent things at the time, so it was approved listening and watching, although there were even some things questionable about it too (Wish Bear = Spiritism, Good Luck Bear = Worshipping the God of Luck.) I know it's stupid, but that's the way I was brought up.
Also, When my father was drunk and my mother had beat the shit out of me for his drinking, the Care Bears were always there for me. They took me into a land that didn't exist, and made everything happy and full of love. No wonder I was such a loner.
Most of the songs on these albums have a lot of really good hooks and the music. Regardless of the songs being very 1980s, they're quite catchy. However, this album was a drastic disappointment. The concept is retarded, and the songs REALLY suck. A lot of them are ripped off from the original GOOD songs on the previous Care Bears albums. It even failed to get a mention on the Care Bears Wikipedia Discography.
The most atrocious song on here is called "Sunny Africa". It gives me the vision of these barely clothed malnourished Africans beating on drums with bones outside of a mud hut with a topless African woman breastfeeding in the background, and then this damn Care Bear comes in singing about how happy everyone is. The lyrics for this song were pulled directly out of Sunshine Bear's ass. If you don't believe me, give it a listen yourself.
Does this not sound like it should have been left OFF the album? Anyone from Africa care to comment on this song? I'd love to hear your input.