I’ll be honest, this review will be brief. Really, though, that’s kind of apt, given the 11-minute length of Less Than Jake’s new EP. Imaginatively titled TV/EP, it’s quite self-explanatory. Basically, Less Than Jake try their hand at some classic TV commercial and theme songs, from Malcom in the Middle and Married With Kids to Animaniacs and an old Toys ‘R Us commercial.
Whilst this smacks of desparation and a lack of imagination (seriously, it’s been over two years since their last full-length, and they have no new material yet?), it’s ultimately a harmless release with one huge selling point. This is a hell of a lot of fun, even with some shows I’m not totally familiar with.
I don’t really enjoy iCarly, but LTJ’s version of the theme is classic LTJ, and fun to listen to. From here, we go to the song from the Hungry, Hungry Hippos ad, which, whilst nostalgic, isn’t a track you’d actually want to here again. This is where even the 11-minute EP suffers from filler; the commercial songs, overall, aren’t that great.
In a huge contrast, the Animaniacs theme is absolute gold. I loved the show as a kid, and to hear the full theme given a ska-punk twist is absolute genius. Diff’rent Strokes was before my time, but the theme works well in LTJ’s style, so I can’t complain. That said, the adverts for the Big Mac and Pac Man cereal are filler once again, the latter maybe less so.
“Boss of Me” by They Might Be Giants was a great choice of theme for Malcom In The Middle, but it didn’t really need a cover. I love the song, but Less Than Jake haven’t mixed it up enough to make it seem fresh or different.
On the flip side, ska takes on the Scooby Doo theme and SpongeBob SquarePants are fantastic and fun. With the exception of these two and the Animaniacs theme, there’s only one more track I’d consider listening to more than twice. That 70s Show was a fantastic show, and hearing the theme is always a great thing.
Overall, this EP is career filler, but bits of it are fun enough to warrant a listen. Here, check it out: