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May 02, 2009



The tune reminds me of "Kids" from Bye Bye Birdie, sung by Paul Lynde in the show and movie. Not from the 20s, obviously, it was an early marker of what became an unfortunate trend to ricky-tick faux 20s songs in 60s musicals, culminating in Jerry Herman's "Hello, Dolly" and later pastiches.

Going back to the 50s, this all arises from the evil influence of Mitch Miller, whose "Sing Along" records and TV show always had that infernal banjo plinky-plink under the unbearably square arrangements. (Mitch Miller, evil? He's the man whose horrible A&R choices for Sinatra in the early 50s almost sank Frank's career.)

Of course the Muppets take this melange of influences and turn it into something wonderful. It's why we love them.


Hmmm, yup- "Fur" reminds me a lot of "Kids", hadn't thought of that, it's the OTHER song, "I Can't Help It" that seems to be based on a 'real' song somewhere...

Goyim in the AM

I bet you are thinking of "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt", aka "Falling in Love Again."


Cut Mitch Miller some slack wold. He did one kick-ass version of Give Peace a Chance
Here's Sesame Street's own Bob McGrath on a 1963 Mitch TV show.

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