This week marked the release of The Green Album, a compilation of great bands covering songs by the Muppets. The record was made in anticipation of a forthcoming Muppets movie written by Jason Segel. Children of the seventies who now have children of their own will go Gonzo for familiar songs interpreted by bands that they love.
All of the hits are there, including Muppet Show Theme Song reworked by OK Go and Mahna Mahna done by The Fray. Some deeper (furrier?) cuts are Mr. Bassman sung by Sondre Lerche and I'm Going To Go Back There Someday, performed beautifully by Rachel Yamagata.
Weezer collaborated with Hayley Williams on a dreamy rendition of The Rainbow Connection. My three year old knows and loves the versions by Kermit, The Carpenters and Paul Williams on Yo Gabba Gabba (what? he comes from a long line of music completist nerds), and initially he said, "no, I want The Rainbow Connection with the frog," but by the end of the track he expressed his approval with a big loud "yay." I concur. The great genius of the Muppets has always been kids' entertainment with subtle substance and edge for the grown-ups, and this album definitely carries on that tradition.
Preview The Green Album at NPR or find the CD and MP3s at amazon.