A First Glance at The Muppets: The Green Album

The Muppets: The Green Album

Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison, Tony Bennett and Ray Charles. What do they have in common, besides a horde of awards and Hall of Fame memberships?

They all recorded “Bein’ Green,” as in “It’s Not Easy Being Green” – Kermit the Frog’s famous declaration of emeraldness.

Well, add to that distinguished list Andrew Bird, who performs the song on a charming upcoming tribute to the music of the Muppets, which you’ll find at Starbucks later this summer. (Beginning August 23, to be precise.) We’re pleased to present for the first time the cover of The Muppets: The Green Album, as well as the track list.

As you see, it’s rife with songs that are familiar to generations (the Muppets themselves date to the mid-‘50s) and artists who are in the forefront of music today, including Weezer, My Morning Jacket and Matt Nathanson.

I guess as I scan this list, there’s really only one obvious omission. Where’s the Muppets house band, Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem?

  1. Muppet Show Theme Song, OK Go
  2. Rainbow Connection, Weezer and Hayley Williams
  3. Mahna Mahna, The Fray
  4. Movin’ Right Along, Alkaline Trio
  5. Our World, My Morning Jacket
  6. Halfway Down the Stairs, Amy Lee
  7. Mr. Bassman, Sondre Lerche
  8. Wishing Song, The Airborne Toxic Event
  9. Night Life, Brandon Saller of Atreyu and Billy Martin
  10. Bein’ Green, Andrew Bird I
  11. Hope That Something Better Comes Along, Matt Nathanson
  12. I’m Going To Go Back There Someday, Rachael Yamagata

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    • pkmsigns
    • 6/24/2011 11:32 AM

    lookin forward to it, will it be playing in coffee shops

    • kapearlman@comcast.net
    • 6/24/2011 12:22 PM

    Taking pre-orders???

    • pcoaltermartin
    • 6/24/2011 2:24 PM

    I'm a serious Muppet fan. So glad you are supporting them. I remember wonderful finger puppets that I used to buy at Starbucks. They included Muppet characters before they were discontinued. Wish those finger puppets would come back They were the BEST.

    • acad14gal
    • 6/24/2011 2:34 PM

    I have always loved the muppet movie. This brings back great memories. Can't wait to hear them again.

    • BlueAlbatross
    • 6/24/2011 3:48 PM

    If I walk into a Starbucks and hear the Muppets playing, I'm taking my business to Panera Bread.

      • WingedWonder
      • 6/24/2011 8:40 PM

      In reply to: BlueAlbatross

      I agree. Starbucks is an adult oasis in a world full of McDonalds, Burger Kings, Hardees and Chuck E Cheeses. Must it turned into a coffee-scented daycare? I don't want Starbucks to play kids' music either. Stick to smooth jazz, or the Beatles.

      • littlekat
      • 6/25/2011 7:30 AM

      In reply to: BlueAlbatross

      Hey there, BA....easy now....if you scroll up and look, you will see that a lot of really good bands are doing the singing and playing....lighten up....have a latte or something.

        • WingedWonder
        • 6/25/2011 9:35 AM

        In reply to: littlekat

        ^Don't know how BA feels about this, but to me a kids' song is a kids' song. And in Starbucks - DO NOT WANT.

        • mrcqm1
        • 6/25/2011 8:19 PM

        In reply to: WingedWonder

        People who've forgotten how to have fun scare me. The knowledge that this album is coming brought a smile to my face that won't soon go away. Killjoys won't get me down. :P

        Have a mocha and please get over it.

    • nuts4coffeecups
    • 6/24/2011 6:09 PM

    "The Green Album" sounds like a great project. I'll have to check it out once it's released. I love the Muppets!

    @pcoaltermartin: I remember the finger puppets too! I have Kermit, Rowlf, Gonzo, Fozzie, Swedish Chief, and Animal. The only one I don't have is Miss Piggy. It would be great if Starbucks could bring them back. They could add new characters too, like Sam the Eagle.

    • srborden
    • 6/25/2011 8:37 PM

    Can't wait to hear The Airborne Toxic Event's version of Wishing Song!

    • lulamaecollins
    • 7/7/2011 2:21 PM

    I remember seeing Frank Sinatra on The Tonight Show (With Johnny Carson) back in the day singing "It's Not Easy Bein' Green". Best rendition!

    • anythingmuppet
    • 7/18/2011 2:12 PM

    I'm really excited to get this album! I love creative thinking and writing while at Starbucks, and tapping into Muppet-magic is right in line.
    (from the Muppet Movie) Janice: "With real good music and organic refreshments..."

    Just a comment, though - "Night Life" is an Electric Mayhem tune; I'm glad they weren't omitted!

    • justplanefun
    • 9/18/2011 9:59 PM

    Where can I order my copy online? I have been searching around here on Starbucks.com and haven't found it yet....

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