OK Go Takes On Muppets and Awesomeness Ensues (VIDEO)

I'm normally not a huge fan of hipster music/kid show mash-ups. Like that deeply annoying "Balloons" song The Postmarks sing on Yo Gabba Gabba, where it's all whispery and weird and like the singer is sharing a creepy little secret—possibly a balloon fetish—with the viewer. Or the Squirrel Nut Zippers singing "Put a Squid on It" instead of "Put a Lid on It" on Sesame Street, because OH HO HO ALL KIDS LOVE CEPHALOPODS.

Those bug me, is what I'm saying. But there's something deeply magical about the combination of OK Go and the Muppets in this fantastic new music video, and if that makes me a hypocrite, then by god I never want to be consistent.


OK Go has made quite a name for themselves with their creative, uber-viral music videos, and while this one isn't quite as mind-blowing as the visual masterpiece that is "This Too Shall Pass," it's pretty damn enjoyable. As contributors to The Green Album, which is a collection of Muppets covers by a variety of artists, OK Go put together a great video tribute to everyone's favorite cast of kid's characters—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Beaker, Gonzo, and more.

Take a look:

I love that they even featured the grumpy old dudes in the balcony, with the following wink to the fleeting popularity of Internet memes: "OK Go on the Muppets? That sounds pretty exciting." "Hm. Let's watch cat videos."

OK Go's lead singer, Damian Kulash, recently shared his enthusiasm over the Muppets video project, saying,

I'm so excited on what we're working on right now, so if I had to suggest anything that anyone watches, it would be this one because, I mean, it's the f***ing Muppets!

Exactly. Who doesn't love the Muppets? Heartless, asterisk-profanity-studded monsters, that's who.

Muppets: The Green Album just came out today (August 23), and I may have to reevaluate that whole thing about not being super into the idea of indie musicians taking on kid's themes, because other contributors include my boyfriend Andrew Bird and the always-awesome Weezer. Also, I'm definitely firing up my TiVo for the August 31 live performance of OK Go and the Muppets on the Tonight Show, and then I'm going to have my kids watch it with me while I regale them with tales of the old days when the Muppets featured artists like Alice Cooper and Dolly Parton. Both ways, uphill, in the snow.

What do you think of this OK Go/Muppets mash-up? Are you a fan?

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