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Music video parodies you wish Sesame could have done

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by BlueAM, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    I've always loved the music video parodies that SS did in its "classic" years ("Rebel L", "The Letter N", "Kids Just Want To Brush", etc.). I thought it would be nice to come up with an idea of a music video parody that would have worked well during sometime in the '80s. It would be a parody of "Our Lips Are Sealed" by The Go-Go's called "Our Favorite Meal", concerning breakfast/lunch/dinner, and it would be sung by "The No-No's". I imagine Ivy Austin performing the voice of the lead singer.

    Here's a sample of the lyrics:

    VERSE 1:

    Can you guess what
    We love the most?
    Munchin' on cereal and toast!
    Can you see us
    Eat fried eggs,
    And drink down juice?
    Breakfast is such great news!

    All the things we crave to eat
    At breakfast it is really ne-e-e-eat!
    Our favorite meal.

    Hope you like it!

    Also, what music video parodies do you wish Classic SS could have done?

  2. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    Just to keep you interested, and to keep this thread going, I thought of another one:

    I thought of parodying Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" as "What I Wear At Night", by "Gil Call'ems", which is basically about getting ready to go to bed, perhaps? I always pictured Christopher Cerf performing his voice.

    And also a parody of Blondie's "Hanging On The Telephone" as "Hanging Out With Letter "O"", by "Blandie". I think Ivy Austin could've performed the voice of the lead singer of that band, as well.

    What do you guys think of these and my Go-Go's spoof?

  3. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Okay - not so much a Muppet-y parody but more along the lines of a celebrity cameo...i have LONG awaited the day when Annie Lennox would show up on the street singing about the virtues of "Y" (to the tune of "Why" of course)! Not only would this completely top Melissa Etheridge's fabulous "Like the Letter U", but just the thrill of seeing essentially my top two areas of fandom collide would be the coolest thing since the Debbie Harry episode of the Muppet Show!
  4. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    Here's another one:

    "1, 2, 3, 4, 5" by David Blowie ("TVC15" by David Bowie)

    Any other ideas?

  5. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Well-Known Member

    this is such a great thread! but it's hard to think of them unless i'm listening to non-muppet songs, which is less often than i listen to my mup3s...:D

    how about a song about learning to swim at a swimming pool, called I Don't Fear the Deep End, sung by some blue oysters.
  6. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    Another one:

    "Every Day I Ride The Bus" ("Everyday I Write The Book" by Elvis Costello), which could be sung by an Anything Muppet (definitely Chris Cerf again), riding on a bus, and backed by assorted AM passengers.

    Possibly like "Forty Blocks From My Home" meets "The Sign Says "Don't Walk"", if you will.
  7. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Well-Known Member

    how about an episode where Telly and Rosita want to play a game with Prairie Dawn, but Prairie is absorbed in an issue of Sesame Geographic magazine and doesn't want to play. then a group of sheep calling themselves BABBAA pop up and sing about how Prairie is a "Reading Queen with her magazine, whoa yeah..." and we see over Prairie's shoulder all the different people, animals, and plants you can read about in Sesame Geographic, perhaps with some other song parodies "water, too. plants need the sun and the water, too"...all of which gets Telly & Rosita interested and they end up reading with Prairie.
  8. Princeton

    Princeton Well-Known Member

    One that I always thought would be ideal for SS was "Hey You, Get Offa My Cloud": a bale of hay and the letter U sitting on a cloud. Maybe The Cobblestones could've done it .
  9. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    "The Number One Is A Must" by Keen ("Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen)

  10. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I've had an idea for a parody of "Joesph's Coat" for the Amazing Dreamcoat musical, where an AM would recieve a coat with either letters or numbers on it and they would name them during the "It has something and something...." part.
  11. SillyRed

    SillyRed Well-Known Member

    I'd like to see a parody of AM Radio, Idon't remember who does the song. Is it Everclear?
  12. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    We all remember The Beetles, but howzabout a parody of Paul McCartney's "Spies Like Us" as ""Y's" Like Us"?

    It could be sung by some cool-looking letter Y Muppets.

  13. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Maybe a parody of the Marvelettes song "Please Mr. Postman" called "Where's Mr. Postman?", which is obviously about a postal worker's job.
  14. BlueAM

    BlueAM Well-Known Member

    How about a parody of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" as "Went To School Again", basically about going to school and how fun it is?

  15. PinballStewie

    PinballStewie Well-Known Member

    Oooh great thread! :D I like some of your ideas you made up awhile ago like "God Save the 14" by The X Pestles. Instead of "Nooooo....fuuuu-ture for yoooouuuu...." in the chorus, it could be "Theeeee....nuuum-ber four-teeeeenn...."

    Some that I've thought of? Let's see...

    "I'll Stop the World And Count to Two" by Speaking English ("I Melt With You" by Modern English)

    "1234-56789" by Tommy Twocount ("867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone)

    "This Song Is About the Number One" by R.E.N. ("The One I Love" by R.E.M.)

    "Should I Stop Or Should I Go?" by The Trash - a song about crossing the street ("Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" by The Clash)

    "You Better Count" by Pat Withguitar ("You Better Run" by Pat Benatar)

    "I Love the Letter O" by Jane Jetplane and The Black R's ("I Love Rock And Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts)

    "Is She Really Going Out Or In?" by Jack Jackson - a song about opposites ("Is She Really Going Out With Him? by Joe Jackson)

    "Duckie In the Bathtub" sung by Ernie with How Now Brown and the Moo Wave ("Mirror In the Bathroom" by The English Beat)

    "I Wanna Count to 8" by The Marones ("I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones)

    "Boys Can Cry" by The Pure - a song about emotions, similar to "Big Kids Cry" I guess ("Boys Don't Cry" by The Cure)

    "Counting Down from 10 to 1" by The Violet 10's ("Blister in the Sun" by The Violent Femmes)

    "Roxanne (You Don't Have to Go At the Stop Light)" by The Lead Police ("Roxanne" by The Police)

    sooooo many more....this is fun! :D
  16. GSmiley2007

    GSmiley2007 Well-Known Member

    "Me So Hungry" by Cookie Monster (takeoff on "Me So *****")

    "Up Where E Belongs" by two Anything Muppet people (takeoff on "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes)

    "Letter U" by Spinny Jiperton [performed by Ivy Austin] (takeoff on "Loving You" by Minnie Riperton)

    "Elmo in Red" by Trish DeFrog (takeoff on "Lady in Red" by Chris DeBurgh)

    "We Are the Girls" by three Anything Muppet girls (takeoff on "We Are the World")

    "The Doggie Went Down to Florida" (takeoff on "The Devil Went Down to Georgia")
  17. HootsytheOwl

    HootsytheOwl Well-Known Member

    Sesame Street Song Parodies

    Hello everybodeeeeeee!:super:

    I love the song parodies on Sesame Street. I think some that might be fun could be:

    Letter O...........Parody of "Don't Let Go" by Isaac Hayes

    You Are The Number...Parody of "You Are The Woman" by Firefall (Purple AM singing about his favorite number, 5)

    I Tied My Shoes ..........To the tune of " Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon

    I'm sure I could list more if I thought about it more, but three is good for now. ;)
    (three....three...three <---Mad Painter)

    Your dear friend,
  18. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    How about some literary parodies?

    Muh-muh-muh-muh-muh-muh-muh My Antonia!
    (Willa Cather's) My Antonia!

    ["My Sharona" by The Knack]

    Burn, baby, burn- Dante's Inferno!

    ["Disco Inferno" by The Trammps]

    Lord of the Rings
    (ala "Lord of the Dance" by Michael Flatley)
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Mmm... not really. trying to teach about literary greats in that way isn't really something they would do on Sesame Street... they would use literary references and satire to teach something else:

    Examples- Grapes of Math (self explanatory), Waiting for Elmo (emotions), Shakespeare (various, it was a subject used many times)... basically Monsterpiece Theater, using literary satire and puns to promote smaller subjects.

    Not that it doesn't sound great, but why promote more mature literature (by which, complex readings) when your audience is just learning to read small words?
  20. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Well, that's true. I kinda figured it would be one of those things where the parents would get the reference and they could still teach kids things from the books through the rest of the lyrics.
    For instance, My Antonia could teach kids a bit of history about the pioneer days in America.
    Dante's Inferno could be used to teach kids about fire safety and not playing with matches, etc.
    And Lord of the Rings is a great example of friendship and the small things of the world confounding conventional wisdom and being the one to make a big difference. (ala "One Small Voice" and "I Believe in Little Things") [I could totally see Bert and Ernie as Samwise and Frodo- but other duos would work well too- Biff and Sully perhaps.]:D:)
    But mainly I've just used those little parody lines as a mnemonic device for myself to remember the titles and authors of books for English classes in high school, etc.;)

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