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G-Man
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A song that reminds me of my childhood. I first heard it on Sesame Street in the early 70s. Then it hit the big time when performed on the Muppets Show.

I had no idea at all that it was a 1960s hit (of some sort) by Italian film composer Piero Umiliani. The Muppets' version is a pretty straight cover.

I wonder if the Rhino knew that.

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Spearmint Rhino
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Not only did I know it, but I own it, and we used to play the seven-inch of it as the lights-up song at Stay Beautiful until it snapped in transit and we switched to a download of the Muppets version.
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Well, you can revert to Umiliani again.

Piero Umiliani - Mah-ná-mah-ná.mp3

And for those who still need it:

Muppets - Mah Na Mah Na

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jon/juan
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From Muppets Tonight.

Which was the Muppets Show from the late 90s. Why oh why did they cancel it? It was often better than the original show.

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Hieronymus Bosch
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The ultimate version of 'Mah Na Mah Na'
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I think you'll find this is the ultimate version.
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TV's 'Mr P'
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The Muppets and Umiliani versions were simultaneous Top Ten hits during Punk Silver Jubilee time in 1977. The latter version had, for some time, been used as background music under chart rundowns, etc, on Radio Luxembourg - which even then I found a very odd choice. (A bit like the occasion that Des Lynam had to contend with 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' under the footie headlines on Grandstand.)

Umiliani was mainly noted for his scores for soft porn/exploitation flicks during the sixties. As I'm sure most on here knew.

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I am a huge fan of the cinematic genre, movie scores and composers from the mid-60s and early 70s. Incredibly creative and deep genre, but it's arguably the most underrated 20th century pop current. Italy was one of its main heavyweights, but there was a parallel explosion of talent in France (Francis Lai, Francois de Roubaix, Jean-Claude Vannier, Pierre Duchamp) and may other places including Eastern Europe.

There was a great revival of interest in the genre in the 90s, with sevreral great record labels and series like Easy Tempo and Mo'Plen (earlier, more loungy), Beat at Cinecitta. Those are mostly Italian labels and compilations, many of which featured Umiliani cuts. About half of the CDs I bought in the 1990s were compilations or album reeditions from that genre.

Umiliani, while not in the same class as Lesiman, Morricone, de Roubaix or even Piero Piccioni, still has a lot of great works like this album (from 1976, towards the end of the prime of the genre)

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