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Listen to the Muppets' "Theme" ft. Joanna Newsom & "Life's a Happy Song" ft. Feist


The new Muppet movie comes out later this month, and everybody is conjecturing about it reviving the franchise. Its pretty clear that since Jim Henson’s death in 1990, the movies has steadily declined in quality, starting with the classic Muppet Christmas Carol all the way to up to 2005’s lame Muppets’ Wizard of Oz starring Ashanti. Now though, this new movie is clearly trying to reboot the series, with its simplistic title, The Muppets, and its addition of a new Muppet, Walter.

With just a couple of weeks to go until the film’s release, a couple of indie-starlet-studded songs from the soundtrack, and a complete track listing, have been made available. The first song is a rendition of the classic "Muppet Show Theme" from the original series. The 38-second track features a very brief vocal appearance by Joanna Newsom, affirming that it is in fact, “time to get things started”.

The second track, “Life’s a Happy Song” is a new one, and it’s even more exciting. Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords wrote the song, and that alone is thrilling, since so little has been heard of either Conchord musically since the end of the series in 2009. The track features vocals from Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Feist, Mickey Rooney and a whole bunch of different Muppets. The real highlight of the song is when Electric Teeth bandleader Dr. Teeth chimes in that “life is full of highs” showing that the new movie maintains the bits of adult humor of the original movies and series.

Along with the audio, there is also a complete list of the soundtrack’s tracks, a highlight of which is “The Whistling Caruso". The soundtrack is out November 21 via Walt Disner Records and the film two days after that. Listen to “Life’s a Happy Song” below, and take a look at the track list below that.



The Muppets Original Soundtrack track list

01. “The Muppet Show Theme” (featuring Joanna Newsom) by The Muppets (0:51)
02. “Muppet Studios, I Can’t Believe It” by Walter (0:04)
03. “Life’s A Happy Song” by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter (4:29)
04. “I Haven’t Seen the Old Gang” by Kermit and Jason Segal (0:20)
05. “Pictures In My Head” by Kermit and The Muppets (2:36)
06. “We Drive” by Kermit and Walter (0:11)
07. “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” by Paul Simon (2:42)
08. “That Spells Reno” by 80′s Robot and Amy Adams (0:18)
09. “Rainbow Connection” by The Moopets (1:02)
10. “Welcome Back” by Kermit, Fozzie, Walter, and Dr. Teeth (0:20)
11. “We Built This City” by Starship (4:54)
12. “Party Of One” by Sarah Silverman and Amy Adams (0:09)
13. “Me Party” by Amy Adams and Miss Piggy (1:53)
14. “We Humbly Ask” by Kermit and Chris Cooper (0:09)
15. “Let’s Talk About Me” (featuring Nathan Pacheco) by Chris Cooper (2:33)
16. “The Answer Is No” by Chris Cooper and Kermit (0:06)
17. “Are You A Man Or A Muppet?” by Amy Adams (0:08)
18. “Man Or Muppet” by Jason Segel and Walter (2:58)
19. “Down At The Ole Barbershop” by Kermit (0:07)
20. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by The Muppets Barbershop Quartet (2:23)
21. “Princesses Of Poultry” by Kermit (0:06)
22. “Forget You” by Camilla and The Chickens (2:29)
23. “It’s Time for Our Song” by Kermit and Miss Piggy (0:04)
24. “Rainbow Connection” by The Muppets (3:09)
25. “Get Out There And Help Those Guys” by Jason Segel (0:06)
26. “The Whistling Caruso” by Andrew Bird (1:15)
27. “How Charming, A Finale” by Uncle Deadly (0:06)
28. “Life’s A Happy Song” (featuring Feist and Mickey Rooney) by Finale Entire Cast (2:23)
29. “Mary, Marry Me” by Jason Segel and Amy Adams (0:09)
30. “Mahna Mahna” by Mahna Mahna and The Two Snowths (2:05)