Jeremy and Jason are coming at you hard in the paint with some midweek bonus content, kids. Strap in as they duo chat up anything from Yacht Rock to the masterpiece that is the masturbation episode of Roseanne. Talk then turns to what they have been catching on television as of late. As always, rate and review us on iTunes, and more importantly, tell a friend. Because sharing is caring.
Ever taken a look behind the scenes of The Muppet Show at Jim Henson and his crew from around the time the show debuted?
Almost every one of them looked like they just left the Monterey Pop Festival moments before showing up for work. They not only looked the part, many of the sketches on The Muppet Show contained messages popular in the counterculture at the time.
For me, one of the most memorable pieces from the original Muppet Show, was their treatment of the Buffalo Springfield song, For What it’s Worth.
The redneck hunters roaming through the woods blasting everything that moves with their high-powered rifles, becomes a thinly veiled political statement. The song For What It’s Worth itself was commonly perceived as a protest song a few years after its debut in 1966.
One can’t help but see the underlying political message with a little historical context. The Muppet Show version of the song aired in late 1977, on episode 221 with special guest Bob Hope, just a few years after the US pulled out of Vietnam. Long-haired, anti-war hippies, not that there’s anything wrong with that, believed the US involvement in Vietnam was wrong, and the nation was acting much the way the rednecks shooting up the woods do in this Muppet piece.
The fact Bob Hope hosted the episode featuring For What It’s Worth is also interesting given Hope’s staunch support of the USO and military.
Thinking in terms of the US acting like crazed rednecks with guns, this fabulous Muppets bit is relevant to the beliefs of anti-war advocates even today.
So the next time a passing cloud of patchouli sets your sinuses ablaze and causes an explosion of violent sneezing, don’t curse the hippies who cast the cloud upon you, just remember it was hippies like Jim Henson, and the many others like him, who were responsible for bringing us the joy of knowing Kermit, Gonzo, the Swedish Chef, and the rest of the gang.
Roxy, Lee, and Jeremy catch up after three weeks off. Lee and Jeremy try to prove Roxy isn’t as boring as she claims. They are wrong. Jeremy talks at length about the great new documentary THE OTHER F WORD, A coming of “middle” age tale. We get off track and discuss the joy of having kids. Mudcats = genius television. Remakes aren’t good, but aren’t bad either? Bad movie romances followed by a round table discussing of our own personal screwed up relationships. It’s a long one, but good.
Welcome back to Acid Pop Cult! We hope your holidays were as fun filled as a night out in Cleveland Ohio. Roxy and Jeremy chat about a few of our fans, chat about why Jeremy has taken so long (2 months) to post this episode, and review two pretty cool flicks, Chop directed by Trent Haaga and The Muppets. Jeremy then chats with a talented artist, writer, and all around funny dude, Brian Myers (@tromaboy2002)
This is the first of 5 episodes to come that feature our tribute to the TROMA TEAM and their president and the creator of the Toxic Avenger, Lloyd Kaufman. As always please rate and comment on iTunes, “like” us on facebook, and follow us on twitter @acidpopcult.