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I’m Entirely Unmotivated to Write Anything Here Today, So Here’s Kermit Singing “The Rainbow Connection”

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Yes, that’s his real voice. However, I have it on good authority that his banjo playing is completely dubbed.

By John Scalzi

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My boyfriend’s hidden talent is doing a really good imitation of this song. My hidden talent is never getting mosquito bites that last longer than one hour. I’d say that his is more entertaining, but mine is more useful.

The end.

Such fond memories! I remember the first time I heard this song. It was decades ago, we were driving from Stockton to Travis AFB, listening to Kasey Casem’s Top 40 on the radio and “Rainbow Connection” came on. I listened for a bit, then said “Pretty song, but not a very good singer.” A moment later, Kasey announced “That was Kermit the Frog singing Rainbow Connection”. I said, “Oh, well, not so bad for a frog.”

The most fun I’ve ever had with this song was at a karaoke night years and years ago where a guy performed the song as though Kermit was a paranoid schizophrenic who was off his meds – just imagine “Have you been half-asleep… AND HAVE YOU HEARD VOICES!!!?!?!?!?!!!?!” it was howlingly funny.

First take out your old 45 (you kids don’t know what these are), second apply thusly to your digital turntable and even with the years of dust and scratches STILL have a better version than that YouTube version.

But I still love that tune…..

Original Post: you take that back, you damn dirty ape! Kermit was a great banjo player, much better than Winston Chuchill. Steve Martin didn’t even dare pick up a banjo in that movie ’cause he knew he would get served.

For those like me who just can’t get enough of the frog, recently the incredibly talented Andrew Bird sang “Bein’ Green” on NPR. And it’s all part of an effort called “The Green Album” which features Weezer singing “Rainbow Connection”, among other contributors and contributions:

http://consequenceofsound.net/2011/06/muppets-the-green-album-to-feature-my-morning-jacket-andrew-bird/

(And yes, now I want to hear Kermit singing “Everybody Hurts”, too.)

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