The Apples in Stereo

Heroes & Villains: Music Inspired by the Powerpuff Girls

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The Cartoon Network's Powerpuff Girls was the coolest new animated series of the late '90s, capturing the girl-power zeitgeist of the time while drawing visual influence from Japanese anime. Best of all was the series' original music, in particular Bis' dynamic title theme. Given its popularity among indie rock scenesters, it was inevitable that the Powerpuff Girls would inspire their own soundtrack, and in 2000 Rhino released this split single in advance of the full-length Heroes & Villains collection. Pressed on pink vinyl the color of cotton candy and boasting songs just as sugary-sweet, the disc's A-side features the Apples in Stereo's giddy, infectious "Signal in the Sky (Let's Go)," a chirpy garage pop gem that wouldn't sound at all out of place on any of the group's official LPs. Bis' aforementioned theme occupies the flip. Coming on like a kiddie version of a riot grrrl song, it's both fierce and cuddly, everything a song about bad-ass preschoolers should be.