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"Animal, cool it back there!"

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Princeton, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Princeton

    Princeton Well-Known Member

    I just thought of this today. Is Animal capable of playing the drums calmly? The reason I ask is because sometimes on TMS, the Electric Mayhem play some pretty laidback and mellow songs that don't call for Animal's wildness. So, do you think that Animal is able to play the drums softly or does the EM have another drummer for the more low-key songs?
  2. Gelfling Girl

    Gelfling Girl Well-Known Member

  3. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Animal' capable of it - you said it yourself - the EM have done mellow songs.

    Animal is first and foremost a drummer. A wild one, but a drummer nonetheless. He's never been described as a monster or creature or whatever...always a drummer. Despite his eccentricities he can keep a beat; i think just the joy of hitting something outweights his desire for tempo - the fast wild numbers are just a particular thrill!

    Of course that doesn't mean that he's ALWAYS going to behave during the slower songs...Sonny, the classical opening in Zero Mostel episodes, numerous songs that end with a extra Animal flourish, Dudley Moore closing number...i also suspect that over the years Floyd has come up with techniques for mellowing Animal beforehand!

    And it's not like Animal doesn't have his mellow sensitive side - he cries, he meditates, he loves to cuddle with bunny rabbits, he cries singing Danny Boy; he's not just a crazed ball of energy that can't handle the slow stuff.
  4. LamangoNumber2

    LamangoNumber2 Well-Known Member

    He can, the question is, does he want to? Minute A Major was one example of being FORCED into it by Sam, but he seemed mellow when playing 'Yesterday', 'Sad Song', 'I beleive in Music', 'Good Bye Yellow Brick Road',
  5. Gelfling Girl

    Gelfling Girl Well-Known Member

    I guess it just depends on the situation...
  6. Scooterthegofer

    Scooterthegofer Well-Known Member

  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    When did Animal perform a performance of Yesterday? I don't think it was ever performed on The Muppet Show.
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    What would some of these songs be? I don't quite know what you mean.
  9. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Moments when a song is generally over but Animal keeps going or adds a little bit at the end - i'm sure there are several examples but the one that comes to mind is when Dr. Teeth stops the band address the newly arrived Kermit and Fozzie in the Muppet Movie (Zoot has to be stopped as well!) Moments that end with (like the title of the thread says) a "Cool it Animal" or maybe even a little self-satisfied laugh from Animal.
  10. LamangoNumber2

    LamangoNumber2 Well-Known Member

    Roy Clark episode, he was drumming and also, cause probably from Franks arm being tired, sleeping, he passes out on the drumb set twice when its a wide shot then wakes back up. Zoot, Floyd, a flute player, and Rowlf where also in the pit, and Muppy was nuzzled to Roy's leg.
  11. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    well from having many friends as drummers....arnt drummers just crazy anyways

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