Saved by the Bell, the hallmark kid’s show that ran from 1989 until 1993, was not necessarily a musical show. On the other hand, the most iconic moment of the show is, in fact, musical. This refers to, of course, the episode “Jessie’s Song,” wherein Jessie got addicted to caffeine pills and then tearfully informed Zack, and the audience, that she was so excited, so excited, and so scared. Beyond the Pointer Sisters reference, “Jessie’s Song” is quite music-centric, as it’s about Zack turning the gals into a girl group called Hot Sundae. You may or may not recall this episode also features Screech pretending to be an Irish cleaning woman named Sinead O’Connor so he can capture the ladies singing “I’m So Excited” in the locker room.
Yes, while Saved by the Bell was not as musical as, say, Glee, music still played a heavy role on the show. This was enough justification for Saved by the Bell: Soundtrack to the Original Hit TV Series. It’s not odd that the soundtrack would exist in the first place. What is odd, however, is that the soundtrack was released in April 1995, almost two years after the show went off-air. That’s a weird time for a cash-in soundtrack to be released. (You can get a used copy of the CD on Amazon for a little more than $21.)
Luckily, we found the whole thing for free on YouTube and decided, in light of its 20th anniversary, to revisit this classic.