The Smurfs Go Pop is a groundbreaking record, made up of effortlessly thought-provoking pop songs which inspired much of the great music from the Nineties, sparking off Britpop in tremendous fashion and famously being the only record to which both Blur and Oasis agreed to as being "One of the greatest in music history".
The first track "Smurfs Are Back" sets the bar of excellence inconceivably high, a song that would later be parodied by '2 Unlimited' to disastrous effect. With many media commentators suggesting the subsequent public outcry may have led to '2 Unlimited' frontman Ray Slijngaard's mental decline.
Other Highlights are "The Noisy Smurf" (co-written with Icelandic Heavy metal band Björk) and "Smurfing World" a protest song against the Gulf War, which was famously banned in every western country (the chorus to which contains 13 different curse words "each more inflammatory than the next"). The Secretary-General of the United Nations at the time Boutros Boutros-Ghali openly criticised the track as "Vile, Godless and Immoral".
However, perhaps as a result of government censorship The Smurfs have been almost completely overlooked in recent years. Despite many following chart-topping cover versions of Smurf songs garnering praise from critics and music fans alike. Such as The Libertines cover of The Smurf song "Don't Look Back into the Smurf" and the more recent Rihanna cover of "Smurfbrella". However, many say that this trend is likely to change after the release of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino Film 'The Smut of the Smurfs" documenting the events leading up to Papa Smurf's murder trial and following drug overdose.
Buy it while you still can!