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THE MUPPETS' Green Album Is Coming!

Nordling here.

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"

Nordling, out.

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  • June 26, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    harry's wife....

    by emeraldboy

    used to have a music column on this and that vanished.

  • June 26, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    WordKermit stares into my soul...

    by JohnnyThanatos

    ah.. AHHHHHHH!!!!

  • June 26, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    That's my birthday!

    by blackwood

    Well, not exactly, but close enough to count! Hooray!

  • June 26, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by Transhuman

    should do Rainbow Connection justice.

  • June 26, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST


    by tlyel37

    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

    Willie Nelson - Rainbow Connection

    by DrFever

    now that's the way to go!

  • June 26, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Calculated hipster posing disguised as sincerity..

    by MST3KPIMP

    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

    Who gives a fuck.

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • June 26, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    I'd rather it all be the original Muppet versions

    by Dreamwriter

    ...or at least include them all.

  • June 26, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    My short-lived band covered "Can You Picture That?"

    by bah

    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

    @melonman i was thinking the exact opposite

    by sunwukong86

  • June 26, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Already heard it

    by thefoggiest

    MMJ, Sondre Lerche, and Andrew Bird's tracks are the highlights.

  • June 26, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

    by Cobb05

    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

    Not Sure If You Know This But......

    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

    Cool art....shitty songs

    by Mel

    Muppets songs suck....except for the theme.

  • June 26, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    How about releasing the ORGINIAL

    by GrendelGrendelGrendel

    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

    More than "Can You Picture That", I'd love to hear "Night Life"

    by GoDFaDDa42

    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


    by Thisbathroomsnogoodfordoingcoke

    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

    Can you picture that

    by deelzbub

    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 am old ...

    by caipirina

    I do not know any of those artists (?) ... and I grew up with the muppets

  • June 26, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Rachel Yamagata gotta eat (nt)

    by Triple_J_72

  • June 26, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Needs Slayer

    by BigDogg

    Or maybe Marilyn Manson

  • -- 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

    I'd rather hear some of the Muppet Show songs

    by tangcameo

    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

    Andrew Bird!

    by flclhack

    I'm sold.

  • June 26, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Amy Lee?

    by MoffatBabies

    I'm so, so very sorry Muppets.

  • June 26, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by MoffatBabies

    There's nothing even remotely "hipster" about 85% of those acts. Sorry.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Ah I love "Moving Right Along"

    by D.Vader

    I know nothing about this Alkaline Trio though.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Rachael yamagata can do no wrong.


    She can melt this choppahs heart with her voice.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Can we get an official Emmett otter CD release this Xmas or what?!?


    I'd kill for those songs.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    @ Choppah

    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 did a great cover of Mahna Mahna

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Cake is sweet.

  • June 26, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    There's not a word yet for old friends who've just met.

    by blackwood

    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.

  • Used to love the band but they are no longer interesting anymore.

  • June 26, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    phenomenal, spelling...

    by brocknroll

  • June 26, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Agreed about weezer


    That band has totally regressed. Plus they got lazy with the power pop.

  • June 26, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    The hipster-ization of the Muppets is nearly complete.

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Oh well, Paul Williams. We'll always have Phantom of the Paradise.

  • June 26, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Paul Williams is still alive, isn't he?

    by deelzbub

    Why wasn't he consulted for this?

  • June 26, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Is it bad...

    by The_Mad_Groper

    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


    by MaxThrust

    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

    I just lost SO much respect for...

    by tensticks

    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

    All these bands lick balls hard


    Would have been much better ifnt was actually the muppets.

  • June 27, 2011, 2:02 a.m. CST

    oh Cool hope you like generic whiny pop/alternative

    by CT1

    hipsters will love this line up, first scott pilgrim and then this? lucky

  • June 27, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    brocknroll is 150% correct

    by Mel

    Pinkerton is an amazing album...and probably their least popular.

  • June 27, 2011, 2:51 a.m. CST

    I'd rather be Christian rock than be emo

    by Mel

    and i am an atheist.

  • June 27, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Bah, I saw a band play "can you picture that"!

    by jon

    at Spaceland in Silverlake, ca. Was that your band?

  • 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


    by D.Vader

    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


    by bah

    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

    And by "Seattle" I meant "Spaceland in California"

    by bah

  • June 27, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Phish should cover "Can You Picture That"

    by Xian042

    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

    "cool points" and "credibility" ?

    by durhay


  • June 27, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Cigarettes and Whiskey and Wild Wild Women isn't a Muppets song

    by rev_skarekroe

    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

    My favourite is "Moving Right Along".

    by Royston Lodge

    Have you ever seen the sun come up in the West?

  • Apatow alumni, hipster cameo crap. This film unfortunately will suck.

  • June 27, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    I Hope That Something Better Comes Along...

    by Dr_Willoway

    the song that helped me heal from having my heart ripped out by my first crush.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

  • June 28, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Hailey Williams? WUT???

    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

    Rachel's awesome!

    by oisin5199

    We were friends back in her college days. Always knew she'd go far.