Ahmet Ertegun was profiled by George W. S. Trow
in The New Yorker in a classic piece back in 1978. Ertegun was the son of the Turkish ambassador to the US and he remained behind in D.C. studying medieval philosophy at Georgetown. Instead of devoting himself to his studies he founded Atlantic Records with his friend Herb Abramson. Trow charted how Ertegun moved from tramping through muddy, Louisiana fields in search of hot new sounds to the whirl of Studio 54. Below the cut are links to the songs mentioned in the article, as best as I could find, in the order in which they appear. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 17, 2009 -
There seems to be a lot of bleeping going on lately
. But now it's time, with the help of our friend Count von
), to bleep
the number of times you can have a laugh with the bleeping bleeps
. Start here
and then go on: 1
And more bleeping
fun with Ernie, Bert, Oscar, and the Cookie Monster: 1
. [more inside]
posted by omegar
on Feb 25, 2008 -
Scary Stuff: Count Floyd's Scary Little Christmas Promo
Dr Cube's Posse
A Scarier Skeleton by Jack Handey [mp3]
The Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra Trailer [previously]
Plan 9 From Outer Space - Best Lines
Re-Enactment - Pan's Labyrinth
Scream in 30 Seconds and Re-Enacted by Bunnies
Season of the Witch
The Thing in Lego
REM & Muppets - Furry Happy Monsters
. Happy Halloween everyone!
posted by McLir
on Oct 30, 2007 -
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
may be the most elaborate parody of the Beatles ever constructed, including satirical tributes to the appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show
, Yellow Submarine
, and the rooftop concert
at Apple Records. Check out some other fine parodies who picked up where the Rutles left off: The Mosquitoes
on Gilligan's Island, Chris and the Alphabeats
on Sesame Street, Letter B
and Hey Food
by the Beetles, the Be Sharps
on the Simpsons, A Hard Day's Night of the Living Dead
by the Zombeatles
, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore's L.S. Bumble Bee
, the Powerpuff Girls Meet the Beat Alls (parts 1
with commentary by Mojo Jojo), Beatles spoofs in a Polish sitcom
and a Bollywood musical
, Beatallica sings A Garage Dayz Nite
, the Chasers' I Am Thesaurus
, and the Beatles go bar mitzvah
posted by jonp72
on Aug 6, 2007 -
The Year of Roosevelt Franklin.
High on the list of forgotten Sesame Street
characters is one Roosevelt Franklin
, a reddish purple muppet with pointed black hair and a distinctly hep style of speech (provided by the late Matt Robinson
, the show's original Gordon). Despite Roosevelt's funky musical sensibilities (demonstrated in an album called My Name is Roosevelt Franklin
, later released
as The Year of Roosevelt Franklin
), the character's classroom behavior
was, well, quite frankly, poison
. His constant misbehavior in school might have been fun to watch, but was seen as representing a negative stereotype and a bad example, and so it was adieu Franklin
posted by Astro Zombie
on Jan 30, 2007 -
Betcha didn't know:
"While the extreme branch of heavy-metal music known as death metal is defined in part by often-vile lyrics about violence, catastrophic destruction, nihilism, anarchy and paranoia, its singing style is associated with a beloved goggle-eyed, fuzzy blue puppet."
The Wall Street Journal
considers death metal
and Sesame Street
in an article I'm sure Lester Bangs
would have enjoyed.
posted by scratch
on Mar 3, 2006 -
- USNews and World Reports has a new must-read article: "The White House has approved a classified new strategy, dubbed Muslim World Outreach, that for the first time states that the United States has a national security interest in influencing what happens within Islam. Because America is, as one official put it, "radioactive" in the Islamic world, the plan calls for working through third parties--moderate Muslim nations, foundations, and reform groups--to promote shared values of democracy, women's rights, and tolerance."
This means surprising US-funded initiatives such as restoring historic Sufi (i.e. moderate, non-Wahhabist) mosques, saving 11th Century Uzbek Korans, and convincing Pakistani madrassah teachers to quietly add science and math to the curriculum. Oh, and it means we're funding secular and independent media, including "in what boosters are calling Muppet Diplomacy"
, an Arabic version of Sesame Street
. Can cultural revitalization, increased educational access, nascent democratic movements, and adorable lil' Elmo--all paid for with US tax dollars--be an effective innoculant against the tentacles of Radical Islam? Daniel Pipes
, The Progressive Muslims' Union
, and Reason magazine
weigh in. See also a related RAND Corporation report
from March, 2004.
posted by Asparagirl
on Apr 28, 2005 -
One two three, four five, six seven nine ten, eleven twelve
. [6.5mb .wmv]. An excellent remix video of the the Sesame Street 'Pinball Song'. Features the Pointer Sisters on vocals, apparently. The remix was done by Braces Tower
, who also have the mp3
up on their site.
posted by tapeguy
on May 18, 2004 -
American values brought to you by the letters...
In the Islamic world the USA doesn't appear to be making too many friends recently. But is it all a big misunderstanding? Perhaps the middle east simply need to learn more about American values. Who can teach them about American culture, morality, and cookies? You'd be surprised...
posted by kaemaril
on Sep 3, 2003 -
A new TV series described as "Sesame Street for adults"
gets a wide release next month on PBS stations nationwide. Its producers hope it will reach a few of the estimated 90 million "low-functioning" grown-ups. In 1992, when researchers last rated the skills of adults 16 or older, they found that nearly half weren't proficient in applying basic skills to accomplish daily tasks. Is this a bold step toward improving the lives of less fortunate adults, or a disturbing sign of the increasing ignorance of the American public?
posted by eyebeam
on Jul 25, 2003 -
is an informational website about the three disco-related Muppets/Sesame Street records released in the 1970s. It makes for a good argument in favor of file-sharing, it reveals some of the stranger children's music of the past twenty or so years, and it's cute. (warning, some flash)
posted by pxe2000
on Jun 24, 2003 -
oh, no .. not Grover.
What many of us didn't see behind that brave exterior was a monster cowering in the face of his own insecurities, a monster so unsure of himself he wouldn't even watch his own performances, and a monster who ultimately allowed his own weaknesses to overcome him and nearly ruin his career. A genius, a tyrant, a womanizer or just a washed-up drunk? It's time to expose Grover- the monster behind the myth.
posted by Raindog
on Feb 15, 2003 -
Sesame Street's HIV positive Muppet
The next season of the South African version of Sesame Street will feature a female muppet who has HIV.
We want to show that here is an HIV-positive member of our community who you can touch and interact with.
posted by Foaf
on Jul 11, 2002 -
"I have taken down the "Bert is Evil!"site from my server. I would like to thank Sesame Workshop for their patience and restraint all these years. I implore all fans and mirror site hosts of "Bert is Evil" to stop the spread of this site too. -- dino"
posted by RavinDave
on Oct 11, 2001 -