Rockin' Through the Decades

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Rockin' Through the Decades
Created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (characters)
Directed by Steve Karman
Starring Will Smith
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.
Janice Karman
Ben Vereen
Richard Moll
Kenny Loggins
Raven-Symoné
Shelley Duvall
Markie Post
Little Richard
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 23+15/2=19 minutes
Production company(s) Bagdasarian Productions
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original airing 1990 (as Pilot)
1992 (as Rockin' with the Chipmunks)

Rockin' Through the Decades is a live-action and animated television special based on characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks. It was directed by Steve Karman, produced by Bagdasarian Productions, premiered on NBC in 1990, and released on VHS by Buena Vista Home Video in 1992 as Rockin' with the Chipmunks. Most recently, the special has been released September 8, 2009 by Paramount Pictures on the DVD The Very First Alvin Show along with A Chipmunk Reunion.

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Rockin' With The Chipmunks[edit]

Rockin' With The Chipmunks made significant changes to the featured songs.

  1. "Witch Doctor"
    1. Intro medley, done in various styles
      1. Little Richard (style of Tutti Frutti)
      2. Elvis Presley (style of Blue Suede Shoes)
      3. Jimi Hendrix (style of Foxy Lady)
      4. Bob Dylan (style of Like a Rolling Stone)
      5. Michael Jackson (style of Billie Jean)
      6. Bruce Springsteen (style of Born in the USA)
  2. "Tutti Frutti"/"Heartbreak Hotel" (fifties)
  3. "Surfin' Safari"/"She Loves You"/"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (medley, sixties)
  4. "Crocodile Rock" (seventies)
  5. "Smooth Criminal"/"Beat It"[1] (medley, Alvin added to the original music videos, eighties)
  6. "Sleigh Ride" (original, Christmas-themed, hip hop song, nineties)

Segments from two episodes of The Alvin Show, A Chipmunk Christmas, and an episode of The Ed Sullivan Show are also featured. "Alvin's Harmonica" can be heard in the background while Will Smith is on the fifties set. Smith also does a rap introduction to the Sleigh Ride segment, giving his perspective on what to expect of the nineties.

Soundtrack album release[edit]

Rockin' Through the Decades
Soundtrack album by The Chipmunks
Released December 21, 1990
Recorded November 1988 (track 1),
July–September 1989 (tracks 2-11),
December 1990 (track 12)
Genre Children's music
Label EMI America
Producer Tom Chase,
Steve Rucker (track 1),
Ross Bagdasarian,
Janice Karman (tracks 2-11),
Jimmy Jam,
Terry Lewis (track 12)
The Chipmunks chronology
Born To Rock
(1989)
Rockin' Through the Decades
(1990)
The Chipmunks Rock the House
(1991)

Rockin' Through the Decades is also the name of a soundtrack music album by Alvin and the Chipmunks, released by Chipmunk Records in 1990, and contained all of the songs from the documentary, along with three added tracks.[2]

  1. "Witch Doctor (Decades Mix)"
  2. "Tutti Frutti"
  3. "She Loves You ('90s Reprise)"
  4. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  5. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" - The Chipettes
  6. "Beat It ('90s Remix)"
  7. "Heartbreak Hotel"
  8. "Crocodile Rock"
  9. "Surfin' Safari"
  10. "Oh, Pretty Woman"
  11. "Johnny B. Goode"
  12. "Sleigh Ride"

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