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The Song of the Count vs. The Batty Bat

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by minor muppetz, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Two of The Count's signature songs are The Song of the Count and The Batty Bat. The Song of the Count came out in season four, the season The Count made his debut, and seems to be the song most associated with the character for many years. Then The Batty Bat came out in season 17 and seems to be the more popular song.

    Which of these songs do you like better?

    The Song of the Count: http://www.sesamestreet.org/video_p...1560-11dd-a62f-919b98326687/song_of_the_count

    The Batty Bat:

    I like The Song of the Count better. I really like the green lighting in this segment, and I like the sinister sound of the music and The Count. I feel like The Batty Bat is a bit overrated.
  2. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I always loved the Batty Bat Song. It was so much fun to listne to. But I never heard the Song of the Count before. It's really cool. I'm gonna stick with Batty Bat for now just cuz I've liked it longer. But I think now I just officially like songs the Count sings.
  3. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    The Song of the Count all the way! Batty Bat's a fun enough song but SotC just completely captures The Count's whole essence musically and lyrically.
  4. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    They're both great! I love The Count!
    And both songs are classic for The Count, even though I probably remember "The Batty Bat" more readily than "Song of the Count"- could just be that it's been a while since I've heard that one though.:batty:
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I did some checking at Muppet Wiki to see which one has had more audio releases, and The Song of the Count has actually been released more, though only by one release (SotC has 7 releases, BB has 6).

    It seems like The Song of the Count is never included in any anniversary specials or products, while The Batty Bat has been. The Song of the Count wasn't in the Tenth Anniversary Album (the only song of The Count in that release was The Count's Lullaby), though then again C is for Cookie and ABC-DEF-GHI weren't included, either. I am a little surprised The Song of the Count hasn't been remade (now that I think about it, it seems none of The Count's songs have been remade on the show).
  6. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I don't care for remakes, but I'd love them to re-do "Count Up to Nine" for today's kids to enjoy.
  7. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    The Song of the Count is my pick! I LOVE THE SONG! It definetely introduces the Count's character! I just love it!
  8. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Last night I was with some friends and we got to talking about the Count. One of the guys in our group who's like in his forties mentioned the song of theCount and got blank looks around the table (except for me.) Then I mentioned Batty Bat and more people recognized that one. The rest of us at the tables were in our twenites. It was just interesting to see the gap between those songs.
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    While I'd prefer they show the original and not do a remake, they haven't shown classic segments in years. When last season began it looked as if it was limiting the segments to Elmo's World and stuff shot in HD, though by the end of the season they showed more stuff from as far back as the early 1990s. It won't surprise me if someday they limit it all to stuff shot in HD. And then they'd have to either make new versions of classic songs for new audiences to enjoy or not show classic songs at all. Though it seems like it's been years since they last showed the 1990s remakes of Rubber Duckie and C is for Cookie.

    I've also just noticed that it's been a long time since many of the shows classic characters had their own song. Not counting group numbers like What I Am, when's the last time The Count, Bert, Grover, or Cookie Monster got to sing a new song on their own? Have Big Bird or Oscar even sung anything new in recent years?
  10. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    "Eight Beautiful Notes" was also on the 10th Anniversary Album.

    The question might be is it "The Song of the Count" or "Counting is Wonderful" (which has been recorded twice by the way).

    For me it's probably "The Song of the Count" as I think of it as his signature song.
  11. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    The 1990's remake of "C is for Cookie" was played so infrequently. I don't know why, but I'd love for them to use it on the show again this season.

    Big Bird was involved in a musical insert from season 39 and had some songs in season 40 and 41 episodes he appeared in. The Count got a new song this season, "Eight is Great". It wasn't that great, but hey, beggars can't be choosers.
  12. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    Hmmm...as a Gen-X viewer I remember "The Song of the Count" a bit more personally, though my memories aren't as sunny as most of the others involving Sesame Street songs. The minor key, mostly slow tempo, and lists of things the Count counted made me think of him as a tragic and lonely character who counted to keep himself from going insane.

    "The Batty Bat" didn't come out until I was almost out of high school (and rarely watched TV at all), so I've got less personal attachment to that song. Still, I can see why it's more popular: the music is more upbeat and catchier, and the lyrics show the Count in a more fun-loving light.

    Based on my knowledge and experience, I'd have to say that the jury is out!
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't ever remember seeing or hearing "Counting is Wonderful". In fact it's a Count song I hardly think about. I was wondering whether it was done on the show or was an audio-only song, and after checking Muppet Wiki saw that it was performed on the show (though Muppet Wiki doesn't have any images from it yet). Here's hoping that Sesame Workshop adds that clip to sesamestreet.org soon (it's been a long time since any classic clips have been added, though a few classic clips that have already been added have just recently been put into the "recently added" bar, for some reason). If they ever release a spotlight video for The Count I'm now hoping "Counting is Wonderful" gets included.
  14. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    I've grown up with The Count's Batty Bat song so I would go with Batty Bat. :batty:
  15. DramaQueenMokey

    DramaQueenMokey Well-Known Member

    I am going to sat The Batty Bat because I will always know all the words to The Batty Bat by heart <3 :batty:
    FrackleFan2012 likes this.
  16. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Yup! Me too.
    This song is one of my favorites and may be stuck in my head (and in my dreams) soon.
    It's a fun dance to do occasionally.
  17. RichardHuntFan

    RichardHuntFan New Member

    I prefer The Song of the Count personally because I feel that it accurately shows in one song what the character is about all in one song. Though growing up I have had more exposure to The Batty Bat, I prefer The Song of the Count for the reasons stated above.
  18. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    To bump this thread, I too am taking the sides of those who prefer "The Song of The Count". My reason is of course, because like everyone else has been saying, "The Batty Bat" is too overrated, and because "The Song of The Count" shows The Count's personality better. :batty:

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