The Rich Girls Are Weeping

04 May 2006

One two three four five, six seven eight nine ten, eleven twelve! You ask, you receive. And then some! I'm filling a request from earlier in the week for Oscar the Grouch and Johnny Cash performing "Nasty Dan" on Sesame Street. (Johnny Trash? Johnny Cash!) It's is another one of my favorites from that fabled The Stars Come Out On Sesame Street album. I'm also including some other songs near and dear to my heart here: Bert "Doin' The Pigeon" (this is a big favorite of my dad's, he does a great rendition of it) and Grover and Madeline Kahn's echo song.

And of course, I had to include some of the songs that were part of the little counting skits -- I still think of the old-timey, banjo-heavy "Ladybugs' Picnic" and The Pointer Sisters' jazzy, funky pinball jam when I hear the number 12 mentioned. Rounding things out, the ear-wormiest of the Sesame Street and Muppet Show songs -- "Mah Na Mah Na," written by Italian film score composer Piero Umiliani (for a soft core porn film, no less!) -- which was recently used in a Dr. Pepper commercial, of all things.

Johnny Cash and Oscar the Grouch -- Nasty Dan
Madeline Kahn and Grover -- Sing After Me
Bert -- Doin' the Pigeon

The Pointer Sisters -- Pinball Number Count
The Ladybugs' Picnic

Mah Na Mah Na (follow this link to a clip of the Muppet Show version.)

(Heck, if you've got lots of time to waste, here's a link to all the YouTube clips of Sesame Street moments.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! These take me to a very special childhood place and evoke very strong feelings and associations inside. The youtube links are great too.. I have a lot of time to devote to them!

Thursday, May 04, 2006 3:18:00 PM  
Blogger carolyn rhea drapes aka chacal said...

believe it or not, one of my favorites (from being an 8th grader) was "marvelous martha." no song, but i love how martha twirls around in her mary janes.


Thursday, May 04, 2006 11:51:00 PM  
Blogger HK said...

Aww, Madeline Kahn. I loved her. Hmmm, I think we may have to compare our muppet collections, and possibly trade some mp3s. Also, I like how Oscar calls him Johnny Trash, but Biff calls him Johnny Flash.

Friday, May 05, 2006 1:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I have had that Pointer Sisters "Pinball Count" running on an endless loop in a corner of my brain since childhood. Awesome. Thank you!

Friday, May 05, 2006 9:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW - more Sesame Street goodness here:

Friday, May 05, 2006 9:48:00 PM  
Blogger bulldoggy said...

Heh i like the idea of your dad "Doin' The Pigeon"...

Sunday, May 07, 2006 3:53:00 AM  
Blogger sweetviolet said...

Oh how I wish I could find "Letter B."

Saturday, June 03, 2006 2:30:00 PM  
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