- Album name: The Muppet Show
- Group name: Various artists, including Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz and Jim Henson
- Year: 1977
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Arista Records
- Collection: Selman
- Distinguishing characteristics: cut in bottom left corner of album
- Buy it on Amazon: $75.00
Level of familiarity before listening
I’m definitely familiar with the existence of the Muppets, but it was not something that I watched while growing up, for whatever reason (that probably had something to do with my parents thinking it was dumb).
I did watch Sesame Street, though.
What I expected
Skits and songs for children, voiced by the adults who did the Muppet characters on the television program.
What it was actually like
I thought that I might find this entire record intolerable, but parts of it were actually tolerable.
Mississippi Mud, for example, wasn’t terrible! It had good banjo, but with more of a strumming style instead of the Scruggs three-finger picking style.
Mr. Bassman was also decent, and immediately made me think of Sha Na Na (they did do this song, but it’s actually a Johnny Cymbal song), and then, naturally, of The Marcels’ Blue Moon.
That said, there was a very prominent Oompa-Loompa sound on the opening track The Muppet Show Theme and I had to turn the volume down just to make it through.
Also, the Kermit the Frog voice was so awful that I would pay money never to have to hear it again.
I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog might have been the worst song, but it was not easy to pick.
1/5: horrible enough that I couldn’t make it through
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