With Jason Segel's new Muppet movie landing in November, the lovable puppet creations of Jim Henson are singing and dancing their way back into public consciousness. If you really want to become a trendsetter in this day and age, there's one subsection of society that must be appeased: hipsters.
The fastest way to a hipster's heart is through music, which is why all the children of the '70s and '80s will absolutely love "Muppets: The Green Album," a new compilation of some of Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, and the rest of the gang's signature anthems all done up nice and new by indie rock all-stars.
Add Muppets together with gettin' stuff for free and you're in hipster paradise, which is why it's extra-awesome that the fine folks at NPR have put up the entire album to listen to on their website, gratis.
OK Go kicks things off in fine fashion with the "Muppet Show Theme Song" done up with thumping bass and all the ultra-produced bells and whistles you would expect from them, while The Fray does a zippy play on "Mahna Mahna." Andrew Bird manages to turn Kermit's trademark tune "It's Not Easy Being Green" into a morose country ballad worthy of a sulky rain-soaked afternoon, which picks up after a spirited violin solo.
To add irony to irony, Weezer (supported by Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams) pops up to do a lovely rendition of Paul Williams' immortal "Muppet Movie" theme "The Rainbow Connection," making this their second "green album" after their 2001 CD.
Other artists doing heartfelt (get it? Wokka Wokka!) versions of Muppet classics include Alkaline Trio, My Morning Jacket, Amy Lee, Matt Nathanson, and more. Check it out!