It's time! OK Go posted the first video for the "Muppets: The Green Album" and it's sure to give you a big wave of nostalgia and some laughs. Featuring the band, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Swedish Chef--every Muppet you can recall, really--and of course treadmills, the brightly colored video perfectly encompasses both the band's and the show's lovably nonsensical comedic abilities.
Covering the original upbeat, honky-tonk Muppet Show theme song, indie rockers (and Yahoo! alumni) OK Go gave the tune a slovenly funky beat and spacey sound effects for a psychedelic sound to accompany the trippy video. The band members blend seamlessly into the Muppet cast members and show off a bit of comedic chops at the end of the video--I won't spoil it for you! But as a dog lover/owner, I do have to say my biggest laugh was at the very last line. FYI: Bunny is OK Go lead singer Damian Kulash's dog!
"The Green Album," whose title is a play on the Beatles' self-titled "white album," or Jay-Z's "The Black Album" (or even Danger Mouse's "The Grey Album," which mashed up the two aforementioned albums), also features covers from Hayley Williams of Paramore, Andrew Bird and My Morning Jacket among others. Not a stranger to today's leading artists, Cee Lo Green also featured a Muppet backing band and singers for his Grammy performance, and Lady Gaga notoriously wore a suit made of Kermit the Frogs in 2009. But she made up for it by taking Kermit as her date to the 2009 MTV VMAs.
Just a side note: Anyone remember the "Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits" cover album from 1995? Ramones doing Spider-Man, Liz Phair doing "The Tra-La-La Song," Sublime doing Hong Kong Phooey--it's a must-hear if you want to keep your "Child of the 70s-80s" nostalgia wave going.
Even before the album and recent appearances, the Muppets have always had some far-ranging celebrity guests on their show, which originally ran on CBS from 1976-1981. Just a few of their legendary guests included Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Johnny Cash and even hard rocker Alice Cooper came by for a song with a few of his own monsters.
And what does Americas favorite curmudgeons Statler and Waldorf have to say about the video? "OK Go and the Muppets? Sounds pretty exciting... Let's watch cat videos."
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