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Courtesy of Sesame Workshop
August 5, 2003

Everyone’s in a party mood gearing up for Sesame Street’s 35th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than with a unique mix of the show’s favorite tunes? Sesame Workshop and Ninja Tune are releasing a 12” vinyl record for the DJ collectors’ market in the US, Europe, Australia, the UK, and Canada. What began with requests to include the infamous “Pinball Number Count” on mixed CDs, quickly blossomed into a Sesame Street disco mix of fun-loving classics.

Sesame Street graduates include DJs who have scoured record bins for decades in the hope of finding old Sesame compilations. A few years ago Strictly Kev, part of DJ Food, decided to re-edit songs such as the “Pinball Number Count.” Viewers of all ages can remember this funky song accompanied by animation of the pinball rolling across eccentric landscapes. The Pointer Sisters coo syncopated numbers to a fantastic beat, making this arrangement an excellent choice for the record.

If you grew up watching Sesame Street you probably have wonderful memories of singing along with Cookie Monster to “C is for Cookie.” The late Larry Levan, DJ legend and driving force behind several New York City clubs, recorded an original disco mix of this favorite which is included on the record. Now Cookie Monster fans from all over the world can dance along to a familiar hit from their younger days.

The last track on this collection is an alternative mix of “C is for Cookie” by the late Manhattan disco DJ Roy Thode. Involved in the New York disco scene in the seventies, Thode is known for the remixes he has done for Vanguard Records. This version is a “sweeter” variation of Cookie Monster’s beloved tune.

“With our 35th anniversary in 2004, we now have a whole new audience of Sesame Street fans beyond preschoolers – teens and adults. Our new teen apparel program has been extremely popular and now we are extending our product offering into special products for adults,” said Tamra Seldin, Sesame Workshop’s Vice President of Marketing, Global Consumer Products and International TV Distribution. “Now Sesame Street music can tap that nostalgia chord while still being cool and relevant to today’s trendsetters, who still have fond memories of their Sesame Street days. A fresh approach will now make these classic tunes into dance hits.”

Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization making a meaningful difference in children's lives around the world. Founded in 1968, the Workshop changed television forever with the legendary Sesame Street. Today, the Workshop continues to innovate on behalf of children in 120 countries, using its proprietary research methodology to ensure its programs and products are engaging and enriching. Sesame Workshop is behind award-winning programs like Dragon Tales and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat and ground breaking multi-media productions in South Africa, Egypt and Russia. These are among many Workshop endeavors recognized for their deep understanding of children's developmental needs and the most effective ways to address them. As a nonprofit, Sesame Workshop puts the proceeds it receives from sales of Sesame Street, Dragon Tales and Sagwa products right back into its educational projects for children around the world.

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