It's Time to Play the Music
July 12, 2011 3:27 PM   Subscribe

Muppets: The Green Album is being released on August 23rd and the new movie on November 23rd, but if you need your fix, here's a taste: My Morning Jacket covering "Our World" from Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.

Full track listing:

01 OK Go: "Muppet Show Theme"
02 Weezer and Paramore's Hayley Williams: "Rainbow Connection"
03 The Fray: "Mahna Mahna"
04 Alkaline Trio: "Moving Right Along"
05 My Morning Jacket: "Our World"
06 Amy Lee: "Halfway Down the Stairs"
07 Sondre Lerche: "Mr. Bassman"
08 The Airborne Toxic Event: "Wishing Song"
09 Atreyu's Brandon Saller and Good Charlotte's Billy Martin: "Night Life"
10 Andrew Bird: "Bein' Green"
11 Matt Nathanson: "I Hope That Something Better Comes Along"
12 Rachael Yamagata: "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday"
posted by Muddler (29 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Just reading your post made me start to whistle.
posted by mrgrimm at 3:39 PM on July 12, 2011


I'm missing the riverbottom nightmare band
posted by reverend cuttle at 3:39 PM on July 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


I knew there was going to be a Weezer track.
posted by brennen at 3:42 PM on July 12, 2011


I just got done watching the 1994 "World of Jim Henson" documentary, and had no idea they were coming out with a new movie. I am psyched!

[also, here are a bunch of out-takes from "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas."]
posted by not_on_display at 3:43 PM on July 12, 2011 [4 favorites]


The "Emmet Otter" outtakes are required viewing for any muppet fan.
posted by ShutterBun at 3:45 PM on July 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


I read your post and I started to do that chittering/mumbling thing cats do when they see a bird nearby.
posted by The Whelk at 3:48 PM on July 12, 2011 [6 favorites]


Muppets don't need these bands to make them cooler.
posted by scrowdid at 3:52 PM on July 12, 2011 [7 favorites]


Here's some Riverbottom Nightmare Band for you. Maybe not quite the original. But somehow I think Chuck Stoat and Pop-Eyed Catfish would approve.
posted by darksasami at 3:52 PM on July 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


My favorite Muppet music collection (because Rowlf is my favorite Muppet), recorded by Jim Henson but released years after his death and out of print.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:07 PM on July 12, 2011


Well, at least this album will make money for Paul Williams. I hope they allow for the Andrew Bird track to be downloaded individually.
posted by pxe2000 at 4:37 PM on July 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is still my favorite Muppets record. But I would pay any money to hear Tom Waits sing It's Not Easy Bein' Green.


Or New York State of Mind.




Or You and I and George.


Why was he never on the Muppet Show?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 4:48 PM on July 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


obligatory
posted by humboldt32 at 4:53 PM on July 12, 2011


First, no cover of Mahna Mahna beats Cake's. Second, if you cover one song from Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas, then that song had GOD DAMN WELL BETTER BE BARBECUE.
posted by middleclasstool at 5:03 PM on July 12, 2011 [3 favorites]


On the other hand, Lena Horne may have the definitive It's not easy bein' green.


Or Big Bird, but I can't really watch that one.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 5:04 PM on July 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Muppets don't need these bands to make them cooler.

No, but these bands desperately need the Muppets.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:08 PM on July 12, 2011 [10 favorites]


A couple of "Hmm, that could be good" tracks and some "I'll have to wait and see" tracks.

However, the Fray and "Mahna Mahna" makes me die inside a little.
posted by Gronk at 5:57 PM on July 12, 2011


They got a lot of the nostalgia cues right in that trailer, but the Kermit seems wrong.
I like the Tshirt.
posted by chococat at 6:52 PM on July 12, 2011


If you really like music and you really like Muppets, you might enjoy Muppet Musique.
posted by hippybear at 6:56 PM on July 12, 2011


I try to imagine Weezer's version of Rainbow Connection but it just comes out like Buddy Holly.

Someday well find it therainbowconnection, oo ee oo, and youre Mary Tyler Moore,
posted by ian1977 at 7:50 PM on July 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


Incidentally, if Metafilter ever evolves/devolves into 100% Muppet-related FPPs, I would be okay with that.

Perhaps I need to find a fan site.
posted by dry white toast at 7:51 PM on July 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


First, no cover of Mahna Mahna beats Cake's. Second, if you cover one song from Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas, then that song had GOD DAMN WELL BETTER BE BARBECUE.

When you meet somebody that don't like soul food
They still got a soul
And it don't mean that you got no rhythm
If you don't like rock 'n roll
But if your tastes are like mine
You like whisky not wine
And your very favorite thing to do
Is get a perty girl dancin' to jug-band music
And a mess of mama's barbecue

posted by mrgrimm at 9:09 PM on July 12, 2011


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posted by ian1977 at 9:21 PM on July 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


Incidentally, if Metafilter ever evolves/devolves into 100% Muppet-related FPPs, I would be okay with that.

Oops, meant to quote this in my above post.
posted by ian1977 at 9:21 PM on July 12, 2011


seriously - not using cake's mahna, mahna and going with the fray instead makes absolutely no sense.

and, this is the best song performance to feature muppets.
posted by nadawi at 5:23 AM on July 13, 2011


oh, this one is pretty good too.
posted by nadawi at 5:26 AM on July 13, 2011


"It deserves to share legendary status with Rudolph, Frosty, and Charlie Brown [holiday specials]"

*Squeal* I 100% agree. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas is THE Best. I too watch it every Christmas.

"We're not birds. We're a jug-band!"
posted by BuffaloChickenWing at 6:32 AM on July 13, 2011


am i the only one that immediately suspected this to be a cash-grab from an increasingly unoriginal hollywood?
posted by RTQP at 2:15 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


am i the only one that immediately suspected this to be a cash-grab from an increasingly unoriginal hollywood?

No, you are not. The post made me whistle the intro tune, but there's little chance of me buying any new album or watching any new movie, or even listening to the covers. Henson's dead, and it's a sad shame, but the Muppets are basically dead to me too.

I listened to about 15-20 seconds of the MMJ cover, and then watched Marilyn Sokol's original version on the Youtubes. Sublime.
posted by mrgrimm at 2:37 PM on July 13, 2011


Andrew Bird Covers "It's Not Easy Being Green"
posted by schmod at 8:56 AM on July 29, 2011


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