It's time to light the lights...
That song got me excited every week as a kid. The Muppet Show was a weekly religion for me and my uncle. Perhaps that's where the notion of being a big kid came from in my life. After being silent for a few years, the Muppets came back strong a couple of years ago via the interwebs. (Here and here are a couple of examples.) They proved that not only were they still relevant, but that they still knew how to make people of all ages smile and laugh.
Now we have a new Muppet movie ready to open this year (I can't wait!), and a new cover album of Muppet songs that comes out on August 23.
Muppets: The Green Album brings together a very eclectic mix of artists to cover popular Muppet songs. But they haven't gone after the latest pop idol or Disney star, which makes the album work. While some may have approached Muppet songs as a parody, everyone on the album treated the songs with respect. Some of them delivering incredibly heart felt versions. The standout of the album is Weezer (with Haley Williams of Paramore) covering 'The Rainbow Connection'.
Other notable songs on the album are 'I'm Going To Go Back There Someday' (Rachel Yamagata), 'Halfway Down The Stairs' (Amy Lee), 'Bein' Green' (Andrew Bird), 'I Hope That Something Better Comes Along' (Matthew Nathanson). Sadly OK Go's version of 'The Muppet Show Theme' falls flat while trying to be different.
Thanks to the good people at NPR we are able to get a preview of the entire album for a few days. If you would like to listen to individual tracks, take the jump to the NPR page.
Muppets: The Green Album will be released on August 23 and The Muppets hits theaters November 23.
What say you?