Posted on August 2, 2011
Posted by John Scalzi
Yes, that’s his real voice. However, I have it on good authority that his banjo playing is completely dubbed.
More zombies about to die in your free time, John?
I’ll see your Rainbow Connection, and raise you Tom Smith’s “A Boy and His Frog.”
Grab the tissues.
Are you rehearsing this one?
So instead of being Milli Vanilli, Kermit the Frog is a Monkee?
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.
Actually, the only Monkee who didn’t play an instrument was Davy Jones.
The next time you’re in Orlando–and don’t bother protesting, because sooner or later everyone comes to Orlando–go to Jellyrolls, a dueling rock and roll piano bar at the Boardwalk Resort at Disney World, and request “Rainbow Connection.” (Ideally your request will be accompanied by a five spot.)
You’ll be glad you did.
This will haunt your dreams.
That looks like lip-syncing to me!
Best Day Ever.
(holds lighter app up in air)
It’s gonna be ok Kermit!
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.”
I am assuming that you are practicing this on your ukelele. It’s a great song. Really.
I had never heard of “A Boy and His Frog.” I am glad that is no longer the case.
I never heard of Boy and his Frog either. Really touching song.
@Stephen Dawson – grab the hankie is right, well played. But the other one, just so wrong!
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.
@Eric: I’ve heard something similar, but done with more of a Cthulhu-induced madness spin. :)
Gah, I hate muppets.
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…..
I can’t help imagining Scorpius delivering that line like Le Curé in the English dub of Diva. (The line in response: “You hate everything.”)
Scorpius, how long ago did your soul wither away? :(
This was the first song I ever learned when I was a little girl. I’d go around singing it until my mom wanted to strangle me. ;)
Stephen Dawson @ 8: Is it wrong that now I want to see Kermit sing “Everybody Hurts” by REM? That makes me a bad person, right?
Oh no! I spent most of Monday with this song stuck in my head. I’m not going to listen! But I fear the damage is done.
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.
Fletcher: That. Sounds. Awesome!
We’ll let them know to stay off your lawn :-D
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:
(And yes, now I want to hear Kermit singing “Everybody Hurts”, too.)
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