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Duration: 3:16 
Release Date: 1936  (Shalom) 
Lyrics By: Raymond Scott (Shalom) 
Music By: Raymond Scott (Shalom) 
Produced By:
Released By: 78 - Master 111 (Shalom) 
Published By: Music Sales Corp. (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: ASCAP  #460065698 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
  • Powerhouse is the ubiquitous instrumental tune in classic WB cartoons heard when the cartoonist wants the viewer to think 'industry', 'machines', or 'construction'. It's in dozens of their cartoons. A classic example of its use in cartoons had Elmer Fudd explaining how (capitalist) industrial commerce works during the 'red scare' of the '50s. (Remember that one? Sylvester inherits a pile of cash, Elmer wants him to invest it in 'good companies', and explains why. No, I'm not making this up.) Warner Bros. bought the rights to it and used it's own orchestra to recreate 'Powerhouse' for it's cartoons. Their versions take a few liberties with the tune. The original tune is quite distinctive. It sounds like a '20s song, but the melody is unmistakable. (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • used in many Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons (Shalom)
  • Song Lyrics:
    none, it's an instrumental (Shalom)
    Current Rating 10.0 (3 votes)
    Song Images:
    Messages about the song: "Powerhouse"
    Stavro Arrgolus   Offline  -  Editor, MP3  -  07-13-10 12:31 AM  -  13 years ago
    As it turns out, the cartoon example given above that 'Powerhouse' was used in was not my imagination at all, but was called Heir Conditioned (1955) and was part of a paid propaganda campaign. We had to stop those damn dirty Commies somehow.
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