Tue 27 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

Venus Zine was asking for questions for Patti Smith, so naturally I forward that to Liz Hand and decide that some You Tube research is necessary. So I’m well into “Horses“, “Land“, &c. but then in the related box up pops an absolutely irresistible video: “Furry Happy Monsters” from a visit by REM to Sesame Street. Instantly curious who was doing the harmony, google led to more info:

In case you’re wondering, the red-haired female Muppet singing harmony was modeled on B-52 Kate Pierson. Puppeteer Stephanie D’Abruzzo, who manipulated the Kate Monster puppet, also provided the vocal part.

If you’re looking at this on Firefox using a Mac for some reason the video doesn’t appear (although it does on Safari, que??), so watch it here.

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  1. Richard on March 27th, 2007 3:21 pm

    You have seen Patti singing “You Light Up My Life” on Kids are People Too, right? If not, go thou and YouTube.

  2. liz hand on March 27th, 2007 4:19 pm

    That Kids Are People Too clip is priceless. Patti was on the Merv Griffin show back in the day, as well — I actually saw this, live! the only time I ever watched Merv Griffin. She was utterly adorable and childlike, no tough edges — she was very excited that her makeup had been done professionally by that guy who did the makeup for the cover of Babel, I forget his name (well-known 1970s Vogue artist).

    I’ve occasionally wondered since then if anyone taped that episode of MG — I gather not. Ah well. Tempus fugit …

  3. lcrw on March 27th, 2007 5:07 pm

    Richard, thanks for 6 of the most surreal minutes of this week. Wow. Love how those kids all want to ask questions.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agl4IvNnQPo

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