Friday, October 14, 2011

What The Muppet Show Did For Me

The Muppet Show did several things for me: introduced me to some awesome music that was way outside my Bear Country Jamboree record, had me rolling with laughter at some of the funniest people of the time, and scared the bejesus out of me.

Where else could I hear greats like Roger Miller or Alice Cooper or Debbie Harry sing their hits when I was a kid being raised in a conservative household? I still laugh when I watch Johnny Cash with Rowlf the Dog sing "Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog". Every time I hear "Baby, Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me" (and I hear it a lot since it's on my iPod in a favorite playlist) I see Mac Davis sitting on an oversize fishing hook.
The Muppet Show opened up the music world to my young ears, and I love that.

I also saw Gilda Radner tap dance her super glue troubles away; Ruth Buzzi wrestle some respect out of Sweetums; Steve Martin play a great dueling banjo; and Cloris Leachman ask if she was the cook or the dish......

But it also, unwittingly, gave me some fuel for my nightmares.

When Loretta Lynn (who I love and adore) sang "One's On The Way" with those little baby things crawling all over the place, with their beady little eyes and gaping mouths.....Shudder! If I ever say, "That baby looks like a Muppet Baby," I do not mean that cartoon with baby versions of Kermit and Miss Piggy and the gang. And I do not mean it as a compliment. Those "babies" were terrifying.
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Did that stop me from watching The Muppet Show, or being a huge fan of their movies? No way! I'll risk those horrifying babies every time, for a good old laugh with my dear friend Kermit.


  1. I have blocked it all from my memory! The only thing I remember is the blue eagle muppet, and only because I think he looks like Chris Noth.

  2. WOW! What a memory...I thought I watched the Muppet show with you girls, but I must have been reading through most of them. My only clear memories are the old guys in the balcony, the Swedish chef and the rest of the weekly cast of characters: Kermie, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo. And the crazy guy who always played the drums. No wait I do remember Candace Bergen singing "There's a Hole in the Bucket".