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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

    Shanoah Alkire is our Discordian at large. "Born in Santa Cruz, I grew up in Grass Valley and the Bay Area, and now lurk in Las Vegas. My literary influences include Ray Bradbury, Lewis Carroll, and Douglas Adams. I also program as a hobby, and currently maintain the Gtk port of Angband. You can find a rather old bio of me here."

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Posts Tagged ‘Muppets’

Ease On Down the Road

Posted by shanoah on April 12, 2010

And here we are with the Muppet show again. Here we are with Jean Pierre Rampal acting out the story of the Pied Piper. Only the rats weren’t happy with the story and changed it. And then suddenly everyone starts singing a cover of ‘Ease On Down The Road’.

Well, you can tell Jean Pierre is very talented, and the cover isn’t bad. And I love how random it is…

Of course, the song Ease On Down The Road comes from the musical The Wiz, and fun as the version on the Muppet Show might be, it’s hard to beat the version with Michael Jackson & Diana Ross…

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The Viking Tea Party

Posted by shanoah on March 12, 2010

You know, Sean, I was going to post something with lots of obscenities, and generally be NSFW.

But yesterday was my moms birthday, so I’ll hold off for a day or two. Fortunately, while I might not have a good followup for One For The Road (And you should hear the whole song, Sean. But it’s cool even as only one verse.), I do still have a few Muppet videos around.

Here we have Brooke Shields as Alice at the Mad Tea Party from Alice In Wonderland singing We’re Off To See The Wizard. Don’t ask. Alice and Dorothy have a lot in common, don’t they?

And this skit has Vikings singing In The Navy, by the Village People. Is Jim Henson comparing the Navy to a group of vicious, bloodthirsty guys wearing horns who loot and pillage villages? Possibly. Is it funny? Definitely.^_^

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Human Sacrifice and Mating Rituals

Posted by shanoah on March 10, 2010

Where as I drink large amounts of tea, so would have other associations with the tea party.

Anyways, lets start today off with a nice little human sacrifice ritual. On the muppet show, Janice is tied up to be used as a human sacrifice, and Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem have to rescue her. Somehow this all turns into a cover of a Beatles song. Lots of points for originality.

And here we have Kermit the Frog doing a fairly entertaining report on the mating rituals of the Koozebanians. In my opinion, anyways.

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Christmas Day

Posted by shanoah on December 25, 2009

Here we are, Christmas Eve has passed, and we’re on to Christmas Day. And hell if I can really think of anything Christmassy I want to post. If I think of anything, I’ll put it up. In the meantime, here are some singing sheep[1]:

[1] Or should I say ‘Baaa humbug‘?

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11-25-08 The Muppet Show – Java

Posted by Sean on November 26, 2008

I agree, Shanoah. The Muppetness of this blog has gotten entirely too high lately (not that this is a bad thing). But before I leave this thread, I have to share a Muppet Show skit that probably explains why I’m the way I am nowadays.

This skit is called “Java”. It first aired on Feb. 21, 1977 in the United States, and it went off like an atom bomb in my young and easily impressionable mind when I first saw it. According to Muppet Wiki, this is based on the instumental song Java by trumpeter Al Hirt – which is probably why these little fellas are called “Javas”.

What Java and trumpets have to do with dancing meat tubes (one of which has a howitzer in its foot), I have no idea.

How Jim Henson and Co. came up with the idea of dancing meat tubes, and why they thought that said dancing meat tubes were the best artistic expression for Java… again, I can only speculate.

But this skit does give you an idea of what we lost when Jim Henson died.

Courtesy of giorgiop5.

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Engel

Posted by shanoah on October 13, 2008

I remember that line, Sean. That and similar lines was why I stuck that in the drafts section in the first place. That’s something that resonates well with me, too.

And that is one of these videos that I’ve been looking for a good opportunity to post for a while. Today, though, since we were going back to a heavy metal type theme, I thought I’d post another song by Rammstein:

Engel – Rammstein

(Video footage from the Muppet show, with Debbie Harry, James Coburn, & Dizzy Gilespie)

Here we have Rammsteins Engel, with footage that complements it very well; scenes from the muppet show. They go together well enough that I was thinking “Rammstein was on the Muppets?” till I noticed a clip from Animal singing “Wild Thing”.

The footage of James Coburn and Blondie (Debbie Harry) fits in well, too. And that flute music is haunting.

I much prefer this, in fact, to the official music video:

Engel – Rammstein

“Hi, I’m a hot nearly naked chick with a suggestively draped snake! I’m going to make you lick beer off my foot, while two children with black eyes sing in a cage.”

Say what? Give me the Muppets any day.

Lyrics, with a translation, are here, btw.

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Mad Furry Radio Gods

Posted by shanoah on March 27, 2008

Actually, the Muppets wasn’t where I first ran into Mahna Mahna, either. The Muppet version was a cover, and I ran into a different version covered by a band called “Moonflower”, on their self-titled cd.

That happens to be a very out there, psychedelic cd which is in frequent rotation for me, btw. One of the reasons why I love cdbaby.com, in fact, is because they have all these unique independent artists you won’t find anywhere else…

So, Grover, a large, blue, furry Muppet, as Yoda, a small green wrinkled one with big ears? It’s a mad, mad world. And so is this:

Mad World

This is actually Gary Jules cover of Mad World, from 2001. The original is a Tears For Fears song from 1982. It also had loud rhythms & synthesizers over the whole thing, and I think the cover did a better job of conveying the message of the song.

I like how the video gives a sense of isolation;observing everything apart from the rest of the world. It seems like a good fit with the songs lyrics. Next, something from 96, a one hit wonder, unfortunately:

Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth (with Money in My Hand)

This is by Primitive Radio Gods. This is one of these songs with an awesome sound overall to the whole thing, and with lyrics that hold your attention[1].

I suppose after the overall tone of the songs in this post, I should round it off by adding something more upbeat. Maybe something by REM. Or the Muppets. For that matter, why not both?

Furry Happy Monsters

[1] “About a god I’ve never seen, who never fails to favor me”, for example.

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Your What the FUCK for 2-8-08

Posted by Sean on February 8, 2008

And here I thought Animal was the headbanger Muppet.

Well, it’s always the quiet ones that’re the real freaks, ya know? Bet Bert and Ernie have a cache of severed heads in the refrigerator, too.

BTW, the song is apparently A Divine Proclamation to End the Present Existence (try saying that five times fast) from Last Days of Humanity, with video from YouTube’s HAYW1R3. Thanks to WFMU’s Beware of the Blog, who got it via Crotchbat

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