THE MUPPETS' Green Album Is Coming!
We don't often post about music on AICN, but this was too cool not to talk about - on August 23rd, Disney will release MUPPETS: THE GREEN ALBUM, filled with some of our favorite Muppet songs, covered by such artists as Weezer, My Morning Jacket, and OK Go. I'm assuming this will be ramping up to the Thanksgiving release of the new film. And that's perfectly fine with me.
I'm especially curious to hear Weezer and Paramore's Hayley Williams' take on "Rainbow Connection", but My Morning Jacket covering "Our World" sounds like a terrific match as well. My Morning Jacket doing an Emmet Otter song? Yeah. I'm there.
Here's the 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"
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June 26, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST
used to have a music column on this and that vanished.
June 26, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST
June 26, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST
Well, not exactly, but close enough to count! Hooray!
June 26, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST
should do Rainbow Connection justice.
June 26, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST
airborne toxic event, andrew bird, sondre merche and matt nathanson are all excellent, but the rest is all either shitty pop (weezer, ok go, paramore, the fray) or shitty alt rock (my morning jacket, amy lee)
June 26, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST
now that's the way to go!
June 26, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST
So now college kids will think the Muppets are cool because Ok Go are covering the theme? The Muppets are better than this or at least I like to think so. Trying to juxtapose them with hipster bands seems limiting for theyre broader audience. This is the kind of stuff that will trap them in the current culture when they need to transcend it.
June 26, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST
June 26, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST
...or at least include them all.
June 26, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST
I'm shocked I haven't seen anyone else do that. It the most rocking of all Muppets tunes.
June 26, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST
June 26, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST
MMJ, Sondre Lerche, and Andrew Bird's tracks are the highlights.
June 26, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST
Their version of Rainbow Connection is great. They used it at the end of Kermit The Swamp Years.
June 26, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST
by Kyle Stark
a few years ago My Morning Jacket was actually scheduled to go on the road and do a tour of strictly Muppet songs. On stage would be Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem, and then behind a curtain My Morning Jacket would actually be playing the songs. It was all set to go, but then apparently the executive/producer at Disney who was behind it got fired, and along with him this idea went too. Jim James, the lead singer of My Morning Jacket, actually cites Kermit as one of the major influences on the way he sings..... not even joking, lol. They are a match made in heaven, just wish it was them doing the whole album.
June 26, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST
Muppets songs suck....except for the theme.
June 26, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST
Muppet Movie soundtrack on CD instead? It's been out of print for 20 years! No one wants this new album. No one cares about new groups covering these tunes. People want the originals. No one's heard of most of these teenybopper/disney channel singers anyway.
June 26, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST
The Electric Mayhem playing furiously atop an almost-exploding double-decker bus at night on the streets of London. The originals are out there - check iTunes/Zune/etc. There's the Muppets 25th Anniversary CD, and the soundtracks were rereleased when Disney rereleased the movies on DVD a few years ago.
June 26, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST
Current culture? There is nothing current or cultural about okgo, giggletits. It's hilarious when people will bash "hipsters" and "hipster culture" when they are more clueless than Dr Phil. Sounds to me like the college kids you talk to still rock devil sticks
June 26, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST
Agreed. my favorite Muppet song. Taped it on cassette recorder @ the drive-in when I was a kid and listened to repeatedly.
June 26, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST
I do not know any of those artists (?) ... and I grew up with the muppets
June 26, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST
June 26, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST
Or maybe Marilyn Manson
June 26, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST
-- and figuring out which "new wave/alternative" band from the 80's they are completely ripping off. Try it, it's fun.
June 26, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST
Steve Earle covering "Cigarettes and Whiskey and Wild Wild Women" from the Peter Sellers episode. Tori Amos (because I like her) covering "You're Always Welcome At Our House..." from whatever episode I remember that song from.
June 26, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST
June 26, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST
I'm so, so very sorry Muppets.
June 26, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST
There's nothing even remotely "hipster" about 85% of those acts. Sorry.
June 26, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST
I know nothing about this Alkaline Trio though.
June 26, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST
She can melt this choppahs heart with her voice.
June 26, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST
I'd kill for those songs.
June 26, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST
by My best friend
No kidding bro. BBQ, and The Riverbottom Gang's finishing song. Great songs!!! If you like those, you should check out the original music for Fraggle Rock.
June 26, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST
Cake is sweet.
June 26, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST
Part heaven, part space, or have I found my place? You can just visit, but I plan to stay. I'm going to go back there someday.
June 26, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST
Andrew Bird, hell yes. But where's Wilco? They're big Muppet fans and they're song for the Spongebob album kicked ass. Damn.
June 26, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST
Weezer's "Blue Album" and "Pinkerton" were phenonemal albums, but everything else after that, I lost interest in Weezer...
Used to love the band but they are no longer interesting anymore.
June 26, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST
June 26, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST
That band has totally regressed. Plus they got lazy with the power pop.
June 26, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST
Oh well, Paul Williams. We'll always have Phantom of the Paradise.
June 26, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST
Why wasn't he consulted for this?
June 26, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST
That the only band name I reconigze on there is Weezer? Be interesting to hear this album.
June 26, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST
Having been removed from your body must have been tough... but no need to be cranky. The key to staying current is going a la carte when it comes music - getting a hold of radio station samplers has kept me from going stale on the band front: sure, 60-70% of the stuff is crap, but now and then you find a song by a popular band from the modern day that you like. Start using technology platforms like _________ (which rhymes with abhorrent) or Pandora so you can sample all you like without paying a price. My music tastes go all the way back to Bill Haley and Fats Domino, but I still dig new bands like OK Go! - albeit on select songs.
June 27, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST
Weezer. Seriously...Hayley Williams? Paramore is a Chrstian Rock "onramp" band (though like Evanescence and Flyleaf they deny it and/or claim their beliefs have no bearing on their music). I'm sorry...I don't care what someone's beliefs are...but there is NOTHING in this world LAMER than fucking Christian rock. Weezer, a pre-eminently cool band (even if they are proto-emo), have just been tainted by association, and lost some serious credibility and coolness points in the process. Damn them.
June 27, 2011, 1:54 a.m. CST
Would have been much better ifnt was actually the muppets.
June 27, 2011, 2:02 a.m. CST
hipsters will love this line up, first scott pilgrim and then this? lucky
June 27, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST
Pinkerton is an amazing album...and probably their least popular.
June 27, 2011, 2:51 a.m. CST
and i am an atheist.
June 27, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST
at Spaceland in Silverlake, ca. Was that your band?
June 27, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST
Look at it more as a way to get kids who don't know the Muppets interested in their songs through bands they've heard of. Or complain. Either way, those original songs still exist.
June 27, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST
I've heard a few songs by those bands you claim are Christian rock, and nothing I've heard in any of their tunes suggest they are.
June 27, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST
If by "Seattle" you mean "The drummer's basement", maybe. Because by "band", I mean "a couple of people who can hold instruments correctly and jammed a couple of times". ;) But really, I'm glad to hear there are bands out there recognizing the Mayhem.
June 27, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST
June 27, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST
and jam it out for 38 minutes. what? no? PHISH SUCKS??? What do you mean? But I... I... well.. Ok.
June 27, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST
June 27, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST
I mean, it was ON The Muppet Show, but it's originally a Sons of the Pioneers song from the '40s.
June 27, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
Have you ever seen the sun come up in the West?
June 27, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST
Apatow alumni, hipster cameo crap. This film unfortunately will suck.
June 27, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST
the song that helped me heal from having my heart ripped out by my first crush.
June 28, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST
June 28, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST
by River Song44
Why is Hailey Williams popular??? This girl is annoying and not worthy of Weezer. But MMY! Hell yeah! Just saw them last week. Soooo good.
June 28, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST
We were friends back in her college days. Always knew she'd go far.
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