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?
Muppets: The Green Album Tracklist:
1. OK Go – Muppet Show Theme
2. Weezer and Paramore’s Hayley Williams – Rainbow Connection
3. The Fray – Mahna Mahna
4. Alkaline Trio – Moving Right Along
5. My Morning Jacket – Our World
6. Amy Lee – Halfway Down the Stairs
7. Sondre Lerche – Mr. Bassman
8. The Airborne Toxic Event – Wishing Song
9. Atreyu’s Brandon Saller and Good Charlotte’s Billy Martin – Night Life
10. Andrew Bird – Bein’ Green
11. Matt Nathanson – I Hope That Something Better Comes Along
12. Rachael Yamagata – I’m Going to Go Back There Someday
The album will be available August 23rd.