My 10 Favorite Songs From The Muppet Show

It’s hard to pick. There were so many memorable tunes. But these are the ten songs I recall most fondly from The Muppet Show. As is often true of my lists, these come in no particular order.

10. Cuanto Le Gusta

I love Miss Piggy’s dance moves in this one.

9. Train Back Home

I’m a sucker for George Burns. Even though I know he’d done his bits a billion times, he always sounded like he was just in a room with me, riffing and messing around.

8. Buddy Rich: The Drum Battle

Buddy Rich goes to war with Animal. Stand back. The battle at 2:25

7. Steve Martin: Ramblin’ Guy

Enough said.

6. Paul Simon: Scarborough Faire

Not only is it a great song, but the production design is amazing.

5. Halfway Down the Stairs

I’m not at the bottom and I’m not at the top either.

4. John Denver: The Garden Song

From the age of 8 to…hmmm…how am I doing with that?…I couldn’t get this song out of my head.

3. Elton John: Crocodile Rock

For the first time with actual crocodiles.


2: New York State of Mind

I much prefer Electric Mayhem’s version to Billy Joel’s.

1. Harry Belafonte: Turn the World Around

I lied a little. The rest of these weren’t in order, but this one is. This was the greatest song ever performed on the Muppet Show. I’ve heard Belafonte perform it since, but, though it’s admirable, it just isn’t the same without Henson’s puppets.

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Movie 43 On My List: A Thunderdome of Ruthless Adolescent Self-Interest

Three weeks ago, I had my 43rd birthday, and as readers of the blog know I’m now obliged to add a 43rd movie to my 42 after 1971 list. (I’d go back and retitle the old posts, but, as Krusty the Klown once so aptly put it, I’m a lazy, lazy man.)

So, here’s #43:

Election: Many people identify with the high schools in John Hughes movies. I’m not one of them. To me, high school was never a place where members of different social classes struggled to find ways to come together. They were Thunderdomes of ruthless adolescent self-interest best observed from a safe, ironic distance. (That’s how I made it through, anyway.) Such a place is Carver High in Alexander Payne’s Election. The movie best known for Reese Witherspoon’s performance as the irrepressible striver Tracy Flick, but the movie is chock full of driven people, whether they’re driven to get sent to an all-girl’s school, to boink their best friend’s ex-wives, or to avenge themselves on ex-friends. The only person with anyone else’s best interests at heart, Chris Klein’s Paul Metzler, is too privileged and too stupid to know what those best interests really are. All of these grubby motivations come together to form a brilliant satire of not just high school life, but of all our lives, and the ways we justify our nastiest impulses to ourselves.

The State of the Blog Tour, Week 6

So, there was an interview and a review. The review was from Omnimystery News. Here’s an excerpt:

OMN: Suppose The Summer of Long Knives is adapted for television or film, and you’re asked to assist with casting. Whose agents are you calling?
JS: Okay … in this scenario I’ve presumably been paid millions of dollars, so I’ll entertain the fantasy:

Kriminalkommissar Rolf Wundt: Christian Bale
Dr. Klara Wundt: Tilda Swinton
Anika Wagner: Mila Kunis
Kriminaldirektor Helmut Brüning: Pierce Brosnan
Hauptstürmführer Weissengel: Ben Whishaw
Joachim Epp: John Hawkes

Of course, it’s one thing to play fantasy casting director, quite another to see how these actors all fit together as an ensemble.

OMN: Create a Top 5 list for us on any topic.

JS: Top 5 Films Related To The Rise or Fall of the Third Reich:

1. Der Untergang (Downfall);
2. Cabaret;
3. Conspiracy (HBO film);
4. Escape from Sobibor; and
5. Schindler’s List.

And there was one review, courtesy the From the TBR File Blog. The author, it seemed, didn’t enjoy the book.

There won’t be anything until November 2nd. One last review. Gains will be counted, wounds licked, and lives moved on.

All about Jim Snowden, Author of Dismantle the Sun and Summer of Long Knives, Among Other Things

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