Cool Stuff: Partners in Kryme’s Live Performance of ‘Turtle Power’ from 1990

Posted 8 years ago by Music

I just finished recording the first episode of a new podcast (details coming soon) with blogging buddies Jaime Hood of ShezCrafti and Shawn Robare of Branded in the 80s, and one of the things that got brought up was the 1990 song ‘Turtle Power’ from the first TMNT movie.

I remember rocking that song on cassette back in the day, and a brief trip down the I-wonder-what-happened-to-those-guys road led me to his awesome video of a live performance in 1990.

Partners in Kryme have what might be the saddest Wikipedia page ever, but they do have a Facebook page and don’t seem to be ashamed of their TMNT past, so kudos to them. Maybe they’d be up for being on a podcast and rapping for us all. The world would be a better place if they did.

Also, is it just me or are their back-up dancers dressed like Scorpion from Mortal Kombat?

Ben Folds Five plus Fraggles

Posted 8 years ago by Music

Well that was unexpected. Leave it to Chris Hardwick to organize the return of Fraggle Rock and Ben Folds Five in a new music video for the song “Do it Anyway.” There hasn’t been any new Fraggle-related stuff in years, but this is pretty awesome. Check it out and you’ll see Rob Corddry and Anna Kendrick in there, as well as Hardwick, all jamming along with Gobo, Mokey, Red, Wembley, Boober, and Traveling Matt.

The Story Behind the Muppets Tune “Mahna Mahna”

Posted 9 years ago by Music

The character known as 'Mahna Mahna' and two Slouths

Slate has a great article on the origin of the Muppets’ song “Mahna Mahna.” The second most interesting bit I gleaned was that it wasn’t an original tune by the Muppets troupe. It’s so iconic and muppetesque that it’s hard to imagine it having a very non-Muppets beginning.

Yes, that’s the most shocking revelation from this story. The ditty was by Italian composer Piero Umiliani. Surprising given its Muppet notoriety, it was written for the 1968 documentary “Sweden: Heaven and Hell.” The film chronicled sexuality in the Scandinavian country for Italian audiences.

You read that right. The song made famous by those cute and cuddly Muppets had its origin in a soft-core porn movie.

The song, originally released as “Mah Nà Mah Nà”, was featured on the film’s soundtrack. The single was a minor hit and reached #55 on the U.S. charts in ’68. “Mahna Mahna” then began its second life when it appeared in a “Sesame Street” sketch during the first season of the children’s TV show. Later that same year, the Muppets performed the song on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The catchy tune was reprised for the very first episode of “The Muppet Show” in 1976. See the video below. The Muppet hit even appears in the new film.

For more on this fascinating bit of Muppets trivia, head over to the Slate article. They also have videos of the song from (gasp!) the original movie.

[Update] 2011 Live Action TMNT Head?

Posted 10 years ago by Music

This came out of left field. Latino Review received this pic and they’re claiming it’s a head from the 2011 live action TMNT movie that was being planned. I haven’t heard anything else about this movie since Nickelodeon snatched up the turtles. Could it still be on? Are they going for a more natural turtle look? Did I just stare at this image for an hour speculating what it would look like talking?

Hopefully we’ll get answers to all those questions except for the last one. That is between me and my computer screen.

Via Topless Robot

UpdateIt’s not for a movie. Surprise surprise.

The Simpsons Sing the Blues

Posted 10 years ago by Music, Television

The Simpsons Sing the Blues came out in 1990, riding on the huge wave of popularity the Simpsons were enjoying at the time. I was an insanely huge Simpsons fan when I was younger, and I’m starting to regain that obsession now thanks to finally buying all the DVD sets.

I had two or three of the Simpsons albums back in the day, and The Simpsons Sing the Blues was my first. While I liked the albums of music from the show better, I can’t help but feel nostalgic when I listen to Do the Bartman or Deep Deep Trouble. Since it’s a couple decades old, you can pick up the album on Amazon for less than ten bucks, or you can listen to all the songs with me thanks to the magical world of YouTube.

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