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Saturday, January 06, 2007

"aren't you johnny trash?"

i know this blog sometimes risks just becoming a youtube's greatest hits site, but dammit, there are some things that you people absolutely need to see, whether you realize it or not.

this is one of those things. there are not enough synonyms for "awesome" to adequately describe to you how awesome this is. the english language utterly breaks down when attempting to process the sheer face-melting amazingness of this clip. the human mind is incapable of understanding this much greatness. i may never post a youtube video again because, simply put, nothing will compare to this.

also, this is more proof that sesame street used to RULE. taken with my stevie wonder post, here you have further evidence that kids' music today is just pathetic (outside, of course, of a few shining examples like dan zanes and pancake mountain) and we are sorely depriving our wee-est ones.

my humble theory: kids don't need music that's been labratory-designed and focus-grouped and edge-free. kids don't need "kids music." kids just need good music.

my proof: mr. johnny cash ... with a little help from Oscar the Grouch.




i love it that oscar is such a hepcat, chiming in with "right on!" and "far out!" throughout the song.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Sallyacious said...

Yay! That was awesome. You're right. Absolutely fantastic. I'd forgotten just how fabulous Sesame Street was. (And if you haven't seen it, you should look for the video of "Put Down the Ducky." It's, well, star-studded is the only way to describe it.)

1/06/2007 2:14 PM  
Anonymous andrea said...

wait, wait, mr. nice guy!!! before you stop posting youtube videos, please look out for just one more amazing sesame street clip. you must find paul simon singing "me and julio down by the schoolyard". "Paul Simon is sitting on the stoop of 123 Sesame Street, playing his guitar for a gaggle of little kids. During the intro vamp, one spirited girl pipes up with her own version of the song: 'Dance, dance, dance! Dance, dance, dance, all right! You can dance now! Everybody dance around!' She even steps on Paul's first line. While Paul is singing, she claps out of rhythm. Halfway through the song, Paul sings, 'It's against the law... What your mother saw, it was against the law.' And the little girl cries out: 'It's against the law!'"
I haven't been able to find the clip online. My 15 mo and I might have to trek uptown to the Museum of Televsion and Radio and see if they have an archive of it on file.
viva la rue s├ęsame!

1/06/2007 11:03 PM  
Blogger NG said...

So true. I have often lamented that my daughter cannot take advantage of the Sesame Street of yesteryear and only has the option turning on PBS now and hearing things like Elmo's "hand" song. ("Hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand." Puleeze! Barney is even a musical genius compared to THAT.)

I'm glad there are still some folks who realize that kids music doesn't have to suck.

1/07/2007 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Maliksmommie said...

There is a collection of Seseme Street songs on DVD. We have it somewhere, but it does include the Paul Simon song, and, my all time favorite "Put Down the Ducky"

1/07/2007 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Maliksmommie said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5qqhOIfAKs

Put Down the Ducky

1/07/2007 11:54 AM  
Blogger Clayton said...

geez Oscar's voice was different in my memories.

1/07/2007 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is indeed a brilliant You Tube.

Know what would be an even more brilliant one?

One of Baby Nice Guy gracing all your attentive readers with an adorable "Aw FUCK."

I'm just saying.

1/07/2007 11:22 PM  
Anonymous laurie said...

are you kiddin me? that's magnificent! i'm going to wake my kids up right now to play that for them.

1/08/2007 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Sisco said...

This oscar and cash performance is included in the the new "old school" sesame street dvd--a selection of shows from the first, like, 4-5 years.

Cash, Grover, the trippy "Daddy Dear song," and the Jesse Jackson segment. Holy shit. I cried like a baby.

1/08/2007 12:15 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

yes, that's where i found this. and don't forget the "listen brother: count to twenty" gospel breakdown workout on the bonus features.

1/08/2007 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Sisco said...

Listen, brother, you can make plenty, but you've got to learn to count to twenty.

1/08/2007 1:22 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

praise the lord!

1/08/2007 1:55 PM  
Blogger Theoretical Grammatarian said...

That is an awesome clip! I am afraid to show it to my husband, though, lest it add feul to his "if we have another boy we;re naming him Sue" campaign.

Also, just wanted to say that I've been reading your blog for a couple of months now, and have finally managed to finish the archives as well. You rock me sockless my friend. Thank you.

1/10/2007 2:17 PM  
Blogger meleah rebeccah said...

In lieu of it being "DELURKING" week (or so I've heard, over in blog land) You are supposed to comment on blogs you read all the time but never say anything. I have commented maybe ONCE, but I wanted to take the time and let you know even though I don't comment, I READ you all the time, and LOVE THIS BLOG! so, um, thanks.

1/10/2007 8:02 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

holy smokes! meleah and theoretical ... i am bigtime blushing my face off. thanks! guess i better do some updatin'...

1/10/2007 10:35 PM  
Anonymous kasey said...

You should pick up Cash's music for kids album--he does Nasty Dan on there too (without Oscar, though).
http://www.amazon.com/Johnny-Cash-Childrens-Album/dp/B000F2CC36/sr=8-13/qid=1168551904/ref=sr_1_13/105-5440746-8150819?ie=UTF8&s=music

1/11/2007 4:48 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

solid tip, kasey. i'm a big fan of the smithsonian collection of kids' songs ... especially those by woody guthrie. so great.

1/12/2007 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Western Dave said...

WE got The Bottle Let Me Down, the Bloodshot label (Chicago alt-country) kids album. It came out in 2002. It is groovy. "Godfrey, the sickly unemplyed amateur children's musician" by Robbie Fulks will surely appeal to MNG while BNG will like most of the rest.

1/22/2007 10:01 AM  

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