So Disney is putting out a new album called Dconstructed, which will feature dubstep/house/Euro remixes of songs from their classic and recent movies.
The Muppets will be featured in the form of a mix by Shy Kidx. And, uh, it’s not very good, for a lot of reasons. I don’t care if you like house/dubstep music: this song has removed anything that could’ve thematically-connected it to The Muppet Show (instrumentation, pitch, beat, memorable quotes) in favor of a song that’s, I guess, about nightmares.
Is it possible to produce a good Muppet-themed remix that’s both danceable and evokes the mood of The Muppet Show? Well, I’ve got a few choices up my sleeve. I suggest you listen to these instead:
- Dr. Cat and DJ Pony: “Can The Frog Tapdance?" (an electroswing version of The Muppet Show Theme)
- DJ BC’s Muppet Mashup album, which features “The Muppet Strut” (a mash-up of The Muppet Show Theme and Stray Cat Strut by The Stray Cats, “Scooter & The Computer Worms,” an electric remix of “There’s a New New Sound,” in addition to a ton of Sesame Street mixes)
- MrSCHLIEMINATOR: "The Muppets Remix": a simple-yet-effective send-up of Mahna Mahna
- Pogo’s “Muppet Mash”: While this is Sesame Street-themed, Disney’s worked with POGO in the past, and his stuff is great at capturing the feel of the original series
There’s definitely more of these out there, but this is just what immediately came to mind. It mystifies me that Disney would choose to take things in such a weird direction!
Anyway, check these out. You’ll enjoy all of them.
Happy 25th anniversary to The Jim Henson Hour! Have a Digit I drew.
Special thanks to muppet-wiki, whose articles on The Jim Henson Hour and Inner Tube I used as texture. It seemed apt.