Mahna Mahna, Cake
I’ve been waiting for a long time for today. That’s right, its the opening day of The Muppets, Jason Segel’s revival of my favorite old TV show, the Muppet Show. In honor of this very exciting day I’m sharing with all of you Cake’s fantastically funky cover of the iconic Mahna Mahna, which originally aired as a skit on the very first episode of The Muppet Show. Originally performed by a character (appropriately) named Mahna Mahna and his backup singers The Snowths, Cake replaces some of the television silliness with their own brand of white-guy funk. The lead guitar tone in this song knocks me out every time, starting out crystal clear in the intro and getting progressively rauchier and more experimental as the track develops. Covering a song like this takes a certain amount of playfulness and lightheartedness, and Cake certainly includes that with background laughter and whooping, traffic whistles and a loose, fun atmosphere. From a more musically legitimate side though, the simple melody and call-and-response form offer tons of room for creativity, and Cake takes full advantage of that.
In short, go see The Muppets.