Muppet Monday

Since my review of the new Muppets film isn't done, I offer some snippets of songs from the movie

The scene in which Camilla the Chicken and friends sing — well, bwawk — the hit single known politely as "Forget You" is a showstopper. I lie not; in the theater, the audience was laughing raucously the entire length of the number. While the clip on DisneyMusic's YouTube channel incorporates other footage (and inserted audio) from the film, in the movie itself the scene is center-stage, uncut, and much the funnier for it.

And that might not even be the strangest cover in The Muppets, whose soundtrack features original ditties written by its music supervisor, Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie (like the anthem "Life's a Happy Song"); oldies performed by the original artists (including Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"); a couple of covers reimagined by the Muppets ("Forget You" and a barbershop-chorus version of a tune I won't reveal); some Muppet classics revisited ("The Rainbow Connection" and "Mah Na Mah Na"); and even a Muppet cover band's version of a Muppets classic. 
Christophe Beck, who's best known for his Emmy-winning work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, contributed the delightful instrumental score.

You can listen to excerpts of many of the songs on an original video — with text commentary from what I think is supposed to be Statler and Waldorf — or hear brief bits and view the complete listing of the soundtrack on another page if you don't mind having some surprises spoiled.

The soundtrack album for The Muppets is available on Amazon at this writing as a CD for just $6.99 and as an MP3 download for only $4.99. If you order those items or anything else by clicking through the links in this paragraph, Blam's Blog gets a small percentage of the sale. What a deal!

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