ALF was a popular TV show when I was a kid but I never watched because it looked stupid. If only I had seen the show in German, things would have been different.
This is the third of my series of tribute posts in honor of Sesame Street’s 40th Anniversary.
While looking for clips to watch with my son, I noticed a trend of celebrity musicians coming to the Street and singing to Oscar the Grouch. I have the twin characteristics of identifying with Oscar perhaps more than other Muppet but also liking songs a lot too, so these resonate with me.
Johnny Cash leads things off with “Nasty Dan”:
Billy Joel and Marlee Matlin get really mushy with a Grouch they like “Just the Way You Are”:
Up on the rooftop, James Taylor appreciates “Your Grouchy Face”:
Totally unrelated to Oscar the Grouch, here are three more celebrity musician appearances on Sesame Street that totally rule.
Stevie Wonder rocks the Street with “Superstition,” a rare performance where the lyrics aren’t altered for the kids:
I never liked the original version of this R.E.M. song, but “Furry Happy Monsters” validates its existence:
Finally, there’s Feist’s performance of “1,2,3,4” another Sesame Street version that is an improvement over the original:
It’s Christmas Eve. As you wrap (or unwrap) gifts, sip eggnog, and/or get ready for Midnight Mass, you’ll want to start off by clicking the youtube link below:
Then you’ll want to click this youtube link, and replay it in a loop for about 3-4 hours.
If you need more music, check out these podcasts. I guarantee that there is good holiday themed stuff here that you’ll never here on that Light Rock station that’s playing holiday music 24/7:
- Vintage Radio Shows: Bing Crosby – Christmas Show for the Navy
- NPR “All Songs Considered”: Holiday Music
- WFMU “Antique Phonograph Music Program”
For a more sobering Christmas Eve viewing experience, watch this vintage propaganda film “Christmas Under Fire” about Christmas in England during the Blitz:
Finally, for even more uplifting memories, celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 8’s Journey to the Moon.
Happy Christmas to all!