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Two Songs That Remind Me of Three Muppets

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I heard Humble Pie's cover of "Honky Tonk Woman" on XM today today. Then I heard it like seven more times, each time louder than the next. It rules. Humble Pie, for those of you who were as unaware as I was before today, was a band that included Peter Frampton, among other people, and also Steve Marriott, the former singer of the Small Faces. Their cover of Honky Tonk Woman just blows the original out of the water. The singer can wail, the guitarist alternates between the riff and shredding solos, and the drummer...The drummer is just insane. Just bashing the shit out of the drums for the entire song, letting up for maybe 15 seconds tops, and then going right back into just drumming like nothing I've ever heard before. He somhow plays the crash cymbal on like every beat while still managing to pretty much solo the rest of the song. There's no way that you could hear this song and not instantly imagine Animal, the drummer for Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem Band on The Muppets playing the drums while shackled to his kit. Tremendous.

It's probably also important to note that the song has been covered by Joe Cocker, The Meters, The Pogues, The Black Crowes and The Rolling Stones themselves, and despite many impressive versions by an equally impressive lineup, no version can touch the Humble Pie one. Lest you think Humble Pie is some kind of one trick wonder, I present to you Thirty Days In The Hole. My friend Richard rightly insists that there is no way that this song should have not been included on "The Spaghetti Incident". As someone who has argued that every song would sound better sung by Axl Rose, I have to agree that it would have been perfect. What an Injustice. Ironically, Guns N' Roses has also played Honky Tonk Woman live, and I can't seem to track it down...After "Thirty Days In The Hole" they could just as easily be a two hit wonder. I haven't heard anything else. If there's other good Humble Pie out there, let me know.


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After getting the mental pictures of Animal bashing the drums in my head, I found it impossible not to spend the rest of the day thinking about the Muppets. I realized that there was another song that I've always associated with a specific duo of Muppets. And though it may not be as good a song, and have nowhere near the energy or repeat listening value of Humble Pie's "Honky Tonk Woman", I challenge you to listen to Simon and Garfunkel's "Old Friends" and deny that that picture of Waldorf and Statler sitting on that park bench will be forever etched in your mind whenever you hear the song again. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the Muppets did some sort of music video for that song where those two "Old Friends" were "Sitting on a park bench like bookends" because otherwise, it's just an astonishing way to bring that song to life.

Any other songs out there that make Muppets spring to mind?


Humble Pie - Greatest Hits Live

Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends

Guns N' Roses - The Spaghetti Incident

Comments

years ago I found a used cassette of Humble Pie's "Eat It", and remembered how, 15 yrs before, my 2 older brothers used to wear their stereo needles out on it - well, today my tape is somehow still holding up (i.e., yes, it's THAT good). Get. It. Now.

Thirty Days In The Hole!
Reminds me of strutting around when I was 14 - thanks for that.

Songs that conjure up visions of Muppets? Sure do...
"Mellow Yellow" (Donovan) = Big Bird
"Jeremiah was a Bullfrog" (3 Dog Night) = Kermit
"1, 2, 3..." (Gloria Estefan) = The Count
"Fly Me to the Moon" (Sinatra) = Pigs in Space
And the obvious, "St. Elmo's Fire"...

Wasnt "Almost Famous" loosely based on Crowes's intertaction with Humble Pie?

Especially Frampton and his eventual departure for a solo career?

I always thought Stillwater from Almost Famous was a mix of Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers, but the IMDB trivia page for the movie says that Peter Frampton gave Billy Crudup guitar lessons and has a cameo appearance as a roadie, so there's definitely some Humble Pie recognition.

"For What It's Worth" by the Buffalo Springfield always conjurs up Muppet memories. It was during an episode of "The Muppet Show" that a bunch of woodland creatures sang the song as they dodged bullets fired by Elmer Fudd type hunters. Classic.

'country honk' was actually the original, after which the boys recorded 'honky tonk women'.

- picky Stones fan

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