Muppets Take On 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

Later this fall, the song might get its most startling reworking when it's delivered by some of our Muppet pals in the new film, The Muppets.

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After making its mark as an alt-rock anthem 20 years ago, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has been re-appropriated by everyone from Patti Smith to Chris Brown to the folks behind Moulin Rouge.

Later this fall, the song might get its most startling reworking when it's delivered by some of our Muppet pals in the new film, The Muppets.

Ultimate Classic Rock reports that the movie's soundtrack includes the Nirvana track performed by The Muppets Barbershop Quartet. Seeing as it's been reported that Dave Grohl has a cameo in the movie, we're wondering if the two instances aren't connected.

The film stars Jason Segel and Amy Adams, who attempt to help Kermit, Gonzo and the gang save their theater from evil oilman Tex Richman (played by Chris Cooper). The movie opens on November 23.

Check out The Muppets soundtrack tracklist below:

  • "The Muppet Show Theme" The Muppets
  • "Life's a Happy Song" Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter
  • "Pictures in My Head" Kermit and The Muppets
  • "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" Paul Simon
  • "Rainbow Connection" The Moopets
  • "We Built This City" Starship
  • "Me Party" Amy Adams and Miss Piggy
  • "Let's Talk About Me" Chris Cooper
  • "Man or Muppet" Jason Segel and Walter
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" The Muppets Barbershop Quartet
  • "Forget You" Camilla and The Chickens
  • "Rainbow Connection" The Muppets
  • "The Whistling Caruso" Andrew Bird
  • "Life's a Happy Song" Finale Entire Cast
  • "Mahna Mahna" Mahna Mahna and The Two Snowths

    Thanks for the report to Bryan Wawzenek, Gibson.com

  • 5 comments sorted by best / new / date

      EC_AL_JH_GH
      Great, now all I can hear in my head is: "Doo do do doo do, Mahna Mahna, doo do doo do".
      Lacebad
      not one single song by the electric mayhem, not even a cover, thats a crying shame, man.
      Sic_maggot_H
      I wanna hear Forget You by Priscilla and then chickens. bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk. Bawk youuuuu.
      slaveskinJACKET
      Surely Jason Segal could have picked a cooler, less-overplayed song to throw in there than Smells Like Teen Spirit. Might as well have thrown in Enter Sandman and You've Got Another Thing Coming while he was at it. --"Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" Paul Simon -- So, this children's/family movie features an ambiguous interracial gay sex song? I know Paul Simon has said that it's open to interpretation, and that it's probably just nonsense, but he (the writer of the song) has also said that he always figured it was something sexual that they were seen doing. Might as well have thrown in I Touch Myself by the Divinyls while he was at it.