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Album Review

Nickelodeon's late, lamented Adventures of Pete & Pete was the greatest children's show ever. Documenting the surreally hilarious exploits of teenager Pete Wrigley and his younger brother, Pete, the series earned hipster cachet for its stunt casting (cameos included the likes of Michael Stipe, Iggy Pop, Janeane Garafalo, and Steve Buscemi) as well as its uncommonly cool musical sensibility — in one episode, Luscious Jackson played the school prom, with bassist Gabby Glaser even making eyes at older Pete. The series' title theme and much of its incidental music was performed by Polaris, the side project of then-Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy; their crisp, richly melodic jangle pop perfectly complemented the show's vibrant wit, but except for a premium cassingle available from Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats, no official Pete & Pete soundtrack was ever made available. Polaris' debut isn't quite official — Music From the Adventures of Pete & Pete consists of what sounds like re-recordings, although they're almost mirror images of the originals. No matter, these dozen tracks are still superb, especially the nearly unintelligible theme "Hey Sandy," the lovely "She Is Staggering," and most notably "Summerbaby," little Pete's all-time favorite song per the classic "Hard Day's Pete" episode. Even the Powerpuff Girls never had it so good.

Customer Reviews

The Sounds of Wellsville

The Adventures of Pete and Pete was a wonderful program, and one of its best features was the music. At the time of production, the band Polaris was as mythical as the town of Wellsville, where the brothers Pete resided. Debate rages about the true lyrics to 'Hey Sandy' (check the net). 'Saturnine' is a gem of a tune with pleasing harmonies. My favorite is 'Waiting for October', which warns us of world's end on October 28, 1999; Mark Mulcahy's falsetto is just stunning at the end of this song. The pseudo-space talk between the tracks is annoying, though. Anyone who likes this music should check out Mulcahy's earlier work with Miracle Legion (if you can find it) and his later solo work.


After searching for this band and album for many years, I finally came across the CD early in 2005. Hey Sandy immediately brought back great memories, and i remembered when TV didnt suck and the shows were actually enjoyable. I loved the band playing out in the front lawn introducing each episode, and the theme song is still my most listened to track like it has been for months now. Thank you, Polaris, for reminding me of how great things were years ago.

Must Buy

This Album is a must's that simple. The melodies are great yes,but the lyrics are even better. If your a Pete&Pete fan you have no excuse. It'll take you down nostalgia lane without ever putting in the DVD. If you buy this"soundtrack"you won't be disapointed...well maybe will you know if you don't try/ Cheers, Seph

Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete, Polaris
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Apr 06, 1999

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