Does this movie have Muppets in it?

How good is the internet? Today I felt like it existed just for me.

First, NPR is streaming the new My Morning Jacket album, Circuital. There’s some weird sounding stuff in there but the more I listen, the more I love – and these songs are going to sound awesome live. “Holding On To Black Metal” is so irresistibly random.

Then this trailer was released for Green With Envy. But much as I adore Jason Segel, there’s something not quite right about this by-the-numbers rom com…

“Whoah wait, wait, wait, STOP. Does this movie have Muppets in it?!”


So, to recap. New songs from my favourite band and a first taste from the new Muppet movie I’ve been obsessing over for so long. Surely things can’t get any better?

Whoah wait, wait, wait, STOP. Does this My Morning Jacket album have Muppets in it?!

Um. Just about. What I thought was just a rumour I had dreamed, but figured I should google just to be safe, turned out to be not so far-fetched at all. I mean, if you’ve ever seen the Jacket live you know that Jim James is basically a human muppet, and there have long been those who’ve compared his voice to Kermit the frog. But, quoth James to Rolling Stone earlier this year:

Some of the first songs written for the disc, including “Wonderful” and the power-poppy “Out of My System,” were originally intended to be played by Muppets: An exec recruited My Morning Jacket to record music for a new version of the Electric Mayhem band (the one with Animal on drums), promising a Gorillaz-style tour where MMJ would play behind a curtain while Muppet holograms bashed away onstage. The psyched band began writing and demo’ing, but the exec got fired and the project disappeared. (In any case, the lyrics of “Out of My System” — “They told me not to smoke drugs, but I didn’t listen” — probably wouldn’t have worked out.)

James also got a call to write a couple of songs for Jason Segel’s new Muppet movie, but they didn’t use those either. “So now, twice, Muppet glory has been within my grasp,” says James. “It’s pretty heartbreaking, but it did propel us just to kick into high gear and finish our own record.”

Dear people of the internet: Please, can we start some kind of campaign to make the My Morning Muppet collaboration a reality?