In the early ’80s, Creem published a hoax review of an album that supposedly featured new-wavers covering sitcom themes, including such delights as Elvis Costello and Linda Ronstadt duetting on “Green Acres,” Talking Heads covering “Petticoat Junction,” and David Johansen performing “Car 54, Where Are You?” (a connection weirdly echoed many years later by Johansen’s appearance in the nonhoax movie version of the show). I spent much of high school searching for this record, because it promised to illuminate essential connections between quasi-avant-garde pop music and mass TV culture. Saturday Morning promises similar revelations, but while much of it is entertaining, only a few tracks resonate as anything deeper than throwaways. The most striking impression the listener derives from the disc is that, no matter what one thinks of Juliana Hatfield, “Josie and the Pussycats” is the song she was born to sing (Hatfield shares the song with Tanya Donelly). Liz Phair and Material Issue bring appropriate brio to the theme from The Banana Splits (despite the disc’s title, not all the programs memorialized here were cartoons), and Collective Soul does a swinging rendition of “The Bugaloos.” But a number of tracks are flat because they seem strangely close to home: The Ramones’ cover of the Spider-Man theme is just another Ramones song, and Matthew Sweet doesn’t have to stretch too far to deliver “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?.” Other offerings are just plain lousy, most notably Dig’s “Fat Albert Theme,” which makes the listener appreciate how funky the original was; the album’s nadir, though, is Fwente!’s simpering and simply horrid “Open Up Your Heart and Let the Sun Shine In.” The original was performed by Pebbles and Bamm Bamm; the stone-age toddlers were inspired, of course, by having watched too much television.—