Sesame (and Muppet) Moment: Mahna Mahna

OK I need to do something to lighten the mood around here… so here are three videos of the classic Piero Umiliani song “Mah Na Mah Na.” The first is from 1969 on Sesame Street. It features two “Anything” Muppets and a wild and crazy guy named Bip Badotta.

The second is the more familiar, more famous version from The Muppet Show in 1976. The cow-like characters are called “Snowths” and the singer is known simply as “Mahna Mahna.”

Finally, a rare one that just appeared– it comes from the Ed Sullivan Show in 1969, not too long after Sesame Street started, and looks very similar to the Muppet Show version, except the laughs are from a live audience and the ending is a little different:

There… now don’t we all feel a little better? 🙂

Muppet Moment: Escort's Video for All Through The Night

I’ve seen some pretty great videos made from pre-existing footage before, but I’ve never seen anything like this.

Escort, an up-and-coming disco band out of New York that deserves a lot of attention (if you ask me), has put together a video for their song, “All Through The Night” that uses footage from “The Muppet Show.”  The editing on this video is like nothing I have ever seen.  And the images fit the funky groove of the music so incredibly well.  I have to imagine it took months and months to complete… but the end result is SO worth it!

Sesame Moment: Grover and Stevie Wonder

It’s been AGES since I’ve posted a Sesame Moment… but there’s a great new crop of vids on YouTube lately so I figured I’d resurrect the ol’ nugget.

Here’s a nice set of clips from Stevie Wonder’s appearance in 1973, all with Grover.

And here’s another great old memory– see if this one rings a bell… or grinds a red ball… 🙂