Monday, November 28, 2011

THE MUPPETS TAKE MY HARDON


As we all gleefully gear up for the new Muppet movie this Christmas (The last since 2005's "The Muppet's Wizard of Oz"), many may not know the seedy origins of the Muppet's most enduring theme song, "Mahna Mahna".  As Slate's Sam Adam's revealed in an article last Wednesday, the song first appeared in the 1968 Italian soft-core docu-porn "Sweden: Heaven and Hell", a film ostensibly exploring the permissive sexual culture of Scandinavia.  Composer Piero Umiliani's original title for the song, which coincides with a scene of buxom Swedish blondes entering a sauna, was “Viva la Sauna Svedese”.  During the premier season of Sesame Street only a year later, Jim Henson re-appropriated the catchy tune, forever transforming “Viva la Sauna Svedese” to the indelible "Mahna Mahna":



 

3 comments:

  1. Mahna Mahna is a classic! And the fact that it is originally a porn-song only adds to the charm! I love it! :D

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  2. Re the headline of this post: Them are some lucky-ass Muppets.

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  3. Heh I own SWEDEN: HEAVEN AND HELL. It's one wild flick!

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