Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"The Muppet Movie" and "The Muppets" Soundtracks

By: Nick

This past weekend, ABC Family played a Muppet movies marathon. I was fortunate enough to catch  The Muppet Movie and The Muppets back to back (but, I was not happy that they edited out a couple of songs from The Muppets, but I digress.) Seeing these 2 films back to back was terrific as there are several references to the original in The Muppets.

I grew up with the Muppet Show, and my parents took me to see The Muppet Movie in the theater in 1979.

A few months ago I found the The Muppet Movie Original Soundtrack Recording album at the flea market, for just $2!

The album art and photos are wonderful.

To say I get emotional from these songs would be an understatement. These songs are intrinsically linked to my childhood.

Side One:
Rainbow Connection
Movin' Right Along
Never Before, Never Again
Never Before, Never Again (Instrumental)
I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along

Side Two:
Can You Picture That
I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along (Instrumental)
I'm Going Back There Someday
Animal...Come Back Animal
Finale: The Magic Store

Movin' Right Along...

We don't really buy many CDs anymore, but I felt compelled to buy The Muppets soundtrack when it came out in conjunction with the excellent 2011 movie, which I had the pleasure of taking my parents to!

It comes with a booklet with lyrics to the original and classic Muppet songs.

This soundtrack, like the original, elicits a wide range of emotions.
Take the "Rainbow Connection" (Moopets Version).
I laugh!
I hear Kermit sing "Rainbow Connection", and I cry.

I listen to "Pictures in My Head", a wave of nostalgia rushes over me, and I laugh AND cry!

And the new songs are perfect Muppet songs.
I hear "Man or Muppet" and I'm singing that at the top of my lungs for the rest of the day.
Does my wife mind?
No, because she's singing along with me!

Beautiful packaging.

Have you ever wanted to hear Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" sung by a Muppet Quartet? Have you wondered what Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" would sound like clucked by chickens? Well here's your chance!

So, are you a man (or woman) or a Muppet?


  1. I admit, while I was a huge fan of the Muppet tv show, the movies just don't work for me. I do love the Muppets 3D at HS . . .

  2. Great post! I love the muppets - still have my Kermit doll (alas, Miss Piggy is lost forever). We've been known to belt out "Man or Muppet" around my house a time or two as well!

  3. Waka waka waka! Let the good times roll! Before I die of impatience for the new Muppet movie to arrive to Sweden, I thought I'd go back to the humble beginnings of these wonderfully timeless entertainers. More specifically, 1979.


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