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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!'"

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Posts Tagged ‘The Muppet Show’

Mr Bass Man

Posted by shanoah on April 8, 2010

Well, today I decided to play a song from 1963 by Johnny Cymbal called Mr. Bass Man.  It’s rather fun, though it can get a bit annoying at times. Which might go a way to explaining why I have three versions of it in todays post. 🙂

This is the original.

Now, as it happens, the Muppet Show covered it, with Scooter as lead singer, and The Electric Mayhem backing him. This versions fairly faithful to the song, and is a good cover.

Now, if I wanted to do a bad cover of this song, a proper one would involve coming up with a J-Pop version of it sung in Engrish, sort of a “All Your Bass Man Are Belongs To Us” version. And as it happens, I managed to find a cover that fits that. Play the following version at your own risk. ^_^


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Julie Andrews

Posted by shanoah on November 30, 2008

Well, I should actually be back tomorrow, so for todays post, I thought I’d play some clips of Julie Andrews on the Muppet Show.

I Whistle A Happy Tune

Here we see Julie singing a song to keep her spirits up while surrounded by monsters. Or worse, fans.

A Song For Kermit

And here she is with a lovely song about when Kermit was young.

The Lonely Goatherd

And I’m sure everyone recalls this song.

I was very tempted to put Julie Andrews singing “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” in here too, but that wasn’t on the Muppet Show. Pity she was filming Mary Poppins at the time My Fair Lady was filmed, though. She appears to have been very good at the part of Eliza Doolittle.

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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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11-25-08 Crystal Gayle – We Must Believe in Magic

Posted by Sean on November 25, 2008

Well, Shanoah, if we’re going to shift the thread to The Muppet Show, then there’s one song that I have got to get up, because who knows when we’ll get back to The Muppet Show on this blog? (Answer: 2.4 weeks)

One of my favorite songs – absolute favorites – was when Crystal Gayle sang her song We Must Believe in Magic, the title track on her 1977 album. All I remembered about it, before finally finding it again today, was that it had a ship sailing to Alpha Centauri, which just blew me away when I first saw this on The Muppet Show as a kid.

Funny how the luster’s rubbed off this song. I must be getting cynical. That’s not a good thing.

Courtesy of Scooterpiety.

Lyrics courtesy of LyricWiki here.

Mad is the captain of Alpha Centauri
We must be out of our minds
Still we are shipmates bound for tomorrow
And everyone here’s flying blind

Oh, we must believe in magic
We must believe in the guiding hand
If you believe in magic
You’ll have the universe at your command

Mad is the crew bound for Alpha Centauri
Dreamers and poets and clowns
Bold is the ship bound for Alpha Centauri
Nothing can turn it around

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11-24-08 Animal, FIRST BLOOD PART TWO

Posted by Sean on November 24, 2008

I always did have a soft spot in my heart for Animal. Maybe it’s because my brother’s a drummer, or maybe it’s because he does what I’d love to do: go crazy in public.

Anyway, we learn a bit more about Animal in this short from The Muppet Show, courtesy of moresco63. Among other things, we find out why he doesn’t need to belong to a performer’s union.

Oh, and speaking of Buddy Rich…

Courtesy of Nomox78.

But enough of that. Let’s move on to the one song for which the Animal treatment was inevitable, simply inevitable: Wild Thing.

Courtesy of samfilms.

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Mack the Knife

Posted by shanoah on October 18, 2008

There sure seem to be a lot of knives in the story of the bible, for a 52 second version, Sean. Of course, thinking of the Bible, that’s about right.

Could have used a few hookers, too, though.

The story of the Bible brings to mind a song that tells another story involving knives, so I thought I’d play it here:

Mack The Knife - Louis Armstrong

Here we have some classic jazz, played by Louis Armstrong in Germany. Now, you might be confused about what’s going on in the song, with shark teeth, jack knives, and the like.

So why not let Dr. Teeth explain it to you?

Mack The Knife - Dr. Teeth & Sam The Eagle
(The Muppet Show)

This is probably one of the best explanations I’ve seen since Humpty Dumpty explained Jabberwocky to Alice. And Sam plays the perfect straight man in this…

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Which Doctor?

Posted by shanoah on July 15, 2008

Well, not sure how to follow up crushing heads, since I already played Skullcrusher Mountain, so I think I’ll steer things back a little, from comedy to musical comedy, namely Dr. Demento.

In this case, here’s the music video for the song “Witch Doctor”:

Witch Doctor – Cartoons DK (1998)

A video with everything: A guy with weird voodoo face paint, people with phallus-shaped hair, sexual harassment, a microphone ship, and Elvis Presley (Who, to tie this back to my last post, died at 42).

And here’s what the Muppets did with the same song:

The Witch Doctor – The Muppet Show

You know, since this involves hitting furry things on the head, this is almost an appropriate seque from curshing skulls. Wonder how that happened?

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Hugga Wugga & Monkeys

Posted by shanoah on July 6, 2008

Operation Mindcrime does sound interesting, Sean.

Except now he had a philosophy, and that made him dangerous.”

For some reason, the quote that pops into my head when reading that is “I think too much – therefore I am mad!“. But then, my mind often makes strange associations like that.

But for my neat thing of the day, I thought I’d head back to the Muppet Show:

Hugga Wugga

In spirit this reminds me a bit of Mahna Mahna. Still, this sketch is a lot of fun.It’s catchy, funky, and rather entertaining with the bits of “You Are My Sunshine” going through it.

And I thought I’d include a bit of a Disney film I always liked, while I’m at it:

I Wanna Be Like You

Yes, it’s Disney, which is a big evil corporation these days. Still, I have to enjoy this bit with Louis Prima singing from the Jungle Book. And I’ll admit it, it’s mainly because of the scat singing going back and forth between King Louie and Baloo (Phil Harris) at the end.

Lovely stuff that the Jonas Brothers should never have gotten near. And, while Smash Mouth’s cover (to loop around to my last post somewhat) was better, it still can’t match the original.

Though, you know, watching, that bit at the beginning where King Louie picks up Mogli by the head with his feet, and strokes his hair is rather disturbing[1]. I suppose he should be glad it was just “Man’s red fire” Louie was after.

[1] Right at the beginning, after calling himself a swinger, while telling Mogli he “wants to be a man”.

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3-26-08 Near and Far

Posted by Sean on March 26, 2008

Oh RAWK, you found Mah Nà Mah Nà. The weird thing is that I didn’t originally hear this one on The Muppet Show, but as a Flash animation on Newgrounds. It was a little cartoon of a blue guy/robot getting his head kicked off his body and the subsequent adventures that his body and head have to get reunited, and for the life of me I can’t find it.

But hey, that’s okay (and that’s a fact, ain’t it Jack?) cos that just gives me an excuse to put up a post that I’ve wanted to do for a while…

What Yoda was doing about 900 years before the Clone Wars! Turns out that he kinda bummed around the galaxy doing odd jobs, including those lost years as a male prostitute (hey, he’s just the right height for most of his customers – rim shot) before becoming a Jedi. In this rare holocron, courtesy of Jedi Master NantoVision, we see him doing one of those odd jobs: teaching juveniles of all races about Near and Far.

Oh come on, you didn’t know that  Grover was Yoda? The superpowers, the Force flight, the knight’s helmet… none of that clued you in?

Super Grover!

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