This might be old news for some of you, but NPR managed to post the world’s first preview of the all new Muppet album, featuring loving covers by popular artists.
Just beautiful… Some of my favorite Muppet songs of all time have been given the warmest possible treatment from some of the most popular music acts of the day (I’m only guessing – I’ve never heard of half these people) in order to prepare the world for the upcoming release of the new Muppets movie. Here’s the tracklist
“Muppet Show Theme Song” – OK GO
“Rainbow Connection” – Weezer feat. Hayley Williams
“Mahna Mahna” – The Fray
“Movin’ Right Along” – Alkaline Trio
“Our World” – My Morning Jacket
“Halfway Down The Stairs” – Amy Lee
“Mr. Bassman” – Sondre Lerche
“Wishing Song” – The Airborne Toxic Event
“Night Life” – Brandon Saller
“Bein’ Green” – Andrew Bird
“I Hope That Something Better Comes Along” – Matt Nathanson
“I’m Going to Go Back There Someday” – Rachael Yamagata
Standouts include Weezer’s Rainbow Connection (obviously) and Alkaline Trio, an old punk fav of mine performing one of the finest up tempo tunes in Muppet history. However, I gotta give it up to OK GO, a band I like far more for their videos than their music, for their wonderfully weird interpretation of the “Muppet Show Theme Song“.
Better still, My Morning Jacket went the obscure route and dared to cover a song from Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas! Makes me wonder… who currently owns the rights to the Muppets’ music catalog? The album is being released by Walt Disney Records, but Disney doesn’t own Emmet Otter, and its music has NEVER been released in any official capacity. Which is why I personally ripped the whole damn thing in a fit of internet anger last year. Your welcome?
Emmet Otter – Brothers in Our World (right click/save)
You can purchase the album from my provided Amazon links – which helps me out FYI – but if you’re like me, you’re really gonna want the premium package Threadless put together, which comes with a kickass t-shirt and poster.