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Muppet Show Song Ideas?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Ryan, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Anything by ZZTop with Floyd on vocals.

    Especially their song "Cheap Sunglasses" which already sounds like Floyd is singing on it!!
  2. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Well-Known Member

    That's already been done ... well, sort of. Sesame Street had a song called "ZZ Blues", performed by a bunch of AMs with sunglasses and big beards, with Jerry on lead vocal.
  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I remember that now. :)

    Still, to have the EM perform their songs would be cool, instead of parodies thereof.

    ZZBlues wasn't even based on a ZZTop song, just the look of the characters.
  4. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Well-Known Member

    Love shack would be super cool! Next, Mother's Little Helper by The Rolling Stones, sung by Electric Mayhem.

    And a rousing number of Satisfaction with EVERYBODY! Including Electric Mayhem!!! That would be cool!
  5. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    You guys have such great ideas!

    I've modified my "Everything Is Beautiful" concept. There will also be a Bela Lugosi Whatnot joining the other three on the first verse, and Uncle Deadly, Boppity, Gloat, and the Vincent Price Whatnot will sing the second verse. Beakie and two female Frackles will serve as backup singers. As in "Short People" a band will accompany them. It will consist of Svengali on organ, Droop on guitar, the black, silver-beaked monster from the Alice Cooper episode on bass, Beautiful Day on keyboards, one of the punk band members from the Debbie Harry episode on tambourine, and Miss Kitty on drums.

    Here are some more:

    Harry Nilsson's Me and My Arrow: The Electric Mayhem, and then an arrow appears and a "Robin Hood" Whatnot retrieves it.

    Cheese and Onions (The Rutles): a rock group called The Cheese and Onions Band (two of them are pieces of cheese and two of them are onions).

    Neil Innes' Mississippi Moon: Floyd, Zoot, and Dr. Teeth.

    A Couple of Swells: Scooter and Link dressed as hoboes.

    Do What, John?: Fozzie, Rowlf, and Floyd.

    No More Toymakers To the King (Santa Claus is Comin' to Town): Two villainous Whatnots who then get beaten up by toys.

    Old Joe's Place (from A Mighty Wind): three Hillbilly Whatnots, and then Old Joe (the pawn store owner from MCC) pops up to complain.

    I'll be back with more ideas!

    "Little things hitting each other! That's what I like!"- Napoleon, Time Bandits
  6. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    Piggy singing "I Will Survive" on Koozebane... I like it.

    I sorta used a lot of songs that people mentioned in some outlines-

    BlueAM, I made "Up, Up and Away" the closing number of my Paul Lynde outline, only it takes place in an WWII airplane w/the Electric Mayhem playing and singing backup, Fozzie, Gonzo, Scooter, Crazy Harry and Luncheon Counter Monster as paratroopers about to jump, Paul as their commander, and Thog as... well, Thog I guess, dancing around in the plane.

    erniebert1234ss- "Satisfaction" as performed by the Electric Mayhem was the opening number in my James Caan outline.

    Manda:-D- I dunno about Dr. Teeth singing Mr. Bojangles; isn't his voice a little harsh for it? Natually, the second outline I did, the one with Sammy Davis Jr., Sammy sings it.

    Did I already mention "Black Water" ('I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland, Pretty mama come take me by the hand') probably by the jug-band? I had a nifty idea for the Electric Mayhem and the jug-band to play together on the song "Sweet City Woman".

    "Come Go with Me"- doo-wop song, using it in a soon-to-be-posted outline, as are "Sunday Will Never Be the Same" and Dave Baby Cortez's "The Happy Organ".

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  7. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    More Beatles Songs and the seasons they would be best fit:

    Two Of Us by Floyd and Janice- a perfect song for them. I can just picture them singing it. Season 5.

    Taxman by J.P. Grosse to Kermit- just sounds perfect. Season 2.

    And Your Bird Can Sing- Floyd, maybe? Season 5.

    For No One- Maybe Kermit, backed by the EM...I dunno why, but I picture him singing it. Season 2.

    Piggies by Floyd, being attacked by Piggy (would make a great UK skit) (Floyd: "What they need's a darn good whacking!" Piggy "I'll show ya whcking! Hiii-ya!") Season 4.

    Martha My Dear by a British chap Season 2.

    Rocky Racoon by the Henson Jugband Trio (Jerry, Frank, and Jim, of course) Season 1.

    Honey Pie, by a young British Whatnot (probably a Richard Hunt Muppet) Season 3/4.

    Come Together by EM, with Floyd Vocals Season 2.

    Something by Floyd (?) Season 1

    Maxwell's Silver Hammer by The Newsman- Maybe it is told in a news report, and whenever the chorus comes, he's hit in the head with the hammer. Yeah, I know, It's far-fetched, but I think this song would work well on TMS. Season 4/5.
  8. TravellingMatt

    TravellingMatt Well-Known Member

    How about...

    "The Organ Grinder's Swing"--this would be an instrumental played by Dr. Teeth, Janice, and Animal. Dr. Teeth would REALLY get into this one, yelling "OH YEAH!" at odd intervals.

    "Psycho" by the Sonics, as played by the Electric Mayhem, Dr. Teeth vocals

    "Seasons Of Love", sung by everyone!

    "Bring It On Home To Me" as sung by Floyd & Janice

    "Calling Baton Rouge" as sung by the jugband

    "Big Bad John", as sung by Rowlf (in homage to his old boss, Jimmy Dean). Gonzo would play John and get buried in a mine. Crazy Harry has to blast him out afterwards. :)
  9. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    I believe you are trying to refer to Over the Top. Just thought I'd let you know...

    I came up with an "Eleanor Rigby" concept, too: It could be sung by four undertakers with Nigel (in funeral dress) on violin. Hope you like it!

    I think that Boober Gorg's "Backbraker" concept should be like this: It should be sung by a Whatnot rock band and they get attacked by Gorgon Heap in drag.

    I'll be back with more ideas!

  10. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    How about the Electric Mayhem singing "Y.M.C.A." by The Village People (or has that been done? please tell me if it has, I really like that song! )
    (the tune, ok. I didn't know what the song was even about until many years after I'd heard it as a child- it's still good for roller skating parties!)
    :D :sing: :flirt: :halo: :cool:

    The Muppets already have done my all time favorite Beach Boys song, which of course, is "Kokomo".

    I could see them doing some other 80s songs though.

    Like "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals- wait... They DID do that on the "Kermit Unpigged" album

    hmm... Okay, how about "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News.
    I think I could see the Electric Mayhem doing that. (Although I guess Kermit and Miss Piggy could too...)

    Well, here's one that would work well for graphic imagery.

    "To **** With the Devil" by Stryper. I could just see one of the devil muppets from "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" skit getting stuffed into an abyss.

    "Pressing On" by Relient K. That's just a really encouraging song for me that could be done well by Kermit, what with the hectic schedule of running a theatre and all.

    "Beyond Belief" by Petra. It's a song about taking your faith in Christ to a deeper level and following where God leads. And it totally rocks! This is definitely one for the Electric Mayhem.

    And I definitely vote for "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything", a song from the Veggietales gang, of course, and later covered by Relient K.

    I'm sure there's lots of other good ones, and there's so many songs that I like I might find myself posting more later....
  11. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    "To **** With the Devil" by Stryper. I could just see one of the devil muppets from "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" skit getting stuffed into an abyss.

    Hmm... I wonder what "To Asterisk With The Devil" is about? :)

    By the way, if you're wondering about the song title, I totally meant that in the literal sense, so it's not cursing. Read Revelation 20:10. That's what the song is based on.

    By the way, check out http://www.stryper.com if you want to read more about the band. I just got to see them live in concert a while back and they totally rock for Jesus!

    "Rocking the world for You, Holy One! Rocking the world for You and Your Son!"
    - "Rockin' the World" by Stryper

    And the celebration of the birth of that Son, Jesus Christ, will be here soon on December 25th. (Or January 6th., if you're an Orthodox Christian. It doesn't matter... celebrate it every day of the year!)

    That said, hope everyone had a happy and thankful Thanksgiving and hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

  12. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    But it is good to know that we have some language censors on these boards.
  13. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    They never did "YMCA" on "The Muppet Show", but one of the classic numbers from the show was "In the Navy" as sung by Viking pigs as they pillaged a coastal village (opening number, Roger Moore episode, 1980).

    If they had done "YMCA", I think they would've/should've set it in some sort of ironic setting, like the desert or Siberia, or some other place you wouldn't find a YMCA. Can anyone else think of a better setting idea? I'm stuck.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  14. Skeeter Muppet

    Skeeter Muppet Well-Known Member

    Got s'more!

    Zoot Suit Riot: Sung/performed by the Muppet Swing Band. Members would include Zoot on sax, Lips on trumpet, Rowlf on piano, Animal on drums and Floyd on upright bass.

    You Can Close Your Eyes (James Taylor): Sung by Kermit, possibly to Robin.

    A Bird That Whistles (Joni Mitchell): Either Janice or Skeeter. I'm thinking of using Skeeter if I ever do another outline.

    What's Goin' On (Recording Stars 2001 Version): This would be an all-cast performance, and by all-cast I mean all of the cast; there would be enough lines for just about everyone.

  15. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    How about "American Pie" by Don MacLean?

    The original version of that song is somewhere close to 20 minutes long!!!!

    I think we could successfully work in the entire Muppet cast with that one and give everyone at least 1 line!!!!

    And a setting for Y.M.C.A.? couldn't it just be in a disco hall?
    I guess the Muppets usually go in for more of an ironic setting, like "Gorgon Heap" said. a city dump? .... I don't know......... :confused:
  16. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    A couple of songs by The Platters-

    "The Great Pretender" featuring a male guest star with the Gills Brothers
    "Harbor Lights"- same, perhaps outside a party, overlooking the dock/sea at night (yes, I'm a very visual thinker, although I can't form the symbols over my head like Kermit in the old days)

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  17. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    I used "Up, Up and Away" as the closing # in my Paul Lynde outline. Paul is a paratrooper commander with Fozzie, Gonzo, Scooter, Crazy Harry and Luncheon Counter Monster as the paratroopers. The Electric Mayhem plays the song while the others sing, and Thog dances around in the airplane. One by one, Thog in his dancing accidentally nudges all the troops out of the plane, including Paul- who has no parachute!

    You can find the outline here: http://forum.muppetcentral.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=5419

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  18. How about these:

    "Who Shot the Whole in My Sombrero" as sung by a Mexican male what-not

    "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" as sung by Marvin Suggs and the Muppaphones (I can just imagine the Muppaphones crying "Ow!" to the lyrics of that song)

    "The Old Gray Mare" as sung by Jim, Jerry & Frank with Old Skyball Paint the Horse in drag

    "Ta-Ra-Ra-Doom-De-Ay" performed by everybody

    "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar" performed by Dr. Teeth

    "See 'Ya Later, Alligator" performed by Floyd and the crocodiles

    "Joy to the World" as sung by everybody

    And some Disney songs:

    "The Bare Necessities" as sung by Fozzie, Bobo, Billy and other Muppet bears

    "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)" as sung by Polly Lobster, Clueless Morgan and Mad Monty

    "In the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room" as sung by the Muppet birds, flowers and Tiki masks and statues

    "Grim Grinning Ghosts" as sung by the Muppet Ghosts

    "Everybody Has a Laughing Place" performed by Fozzie and others

    "Whistle While You Work" performed by some laboring what-nots

    "Best of Friends" as sung by Zelda Rose's singing owl while Rover Joe and Catgut frolic in a forest

    "Little April Showers" as sung by the Jug Band while sitting on a front porch watching the rain pour down

    "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" as sung by Robin

    "Pretty Irish Girl" as sung by an Irish what-not

    "I Wanna Be Like You" as sung by Quongo the Gorilla to a male what-not
  19. Skeeter Muppet

    Skeeter Muppet Well-Known Member

    Adding more suggestions to the list:

    "We've Got Tonight": I can see this done as a duet (like Kenny Rogers did with Sheena Easton), performed by either Janice and Floyd, or Kermit or Rowlf with a female guest star.

    "The City of New Orleans": Performed by the Electric Mayhem with Floyd on lead vocals, set in a boxcar with background scenery going by so that it looks like a moving train.

    "Take Me or Leave Me": from the RENT soundtrack, originally performed by Maureen and Joanne. I can see this as a duet between Piggy and Kermit with Piggy trying to deliver an ultimatum to the frog about their relationship.

    "I'll Cover You": also from RENT, originally performed by Collins and Angel. I included this in my Joni Mitchell outline, with Clifford and Skeeter performing it. I can also see Floyd and Janice covering the song.

    "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)": For some weird reason I can see Gonzo doing this song, and doing it straight - no attempts to sing it while doing something impossible, no performing it on weird instruments. Just sitting on top of a stone wall (perhaps the one from the talk spots in season 1) against a starry background.

  20. Correction: I meant "Who Shot the Hole in My Sombrero"

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