How 19 years fly.From the morning Radio 4 woke me up with the news of Mercury’s passing. Blinked in the darkness of a cottage in Buckinghamshire. Wept. I was there… the last time the great man and Queen played live at Knebworth, August 9, 1986. My brother Herman, then aged 16, spent the entire concert with his mouth wide open. Still feel the goosebumps. We will never see anyone of Mercury’s ilk in our lifetime again.
So he’s 8, and I’m 49, and Jim Henson was long gone by the time Jacob kicked into this planet. But that hasn’t stopped us worshipping at the altar of Jim Henson. Or being forever grateful to YouTube for immortalising our childhoods.
Here are Jacob’s Top 5 Muppet Clips. I know.. it was tough to reduce it to five. Maybe we’ll do another list soon.
1. Hugga Wugga
I’m sure there’s a moral to this one.
2. Mahna Mahna
Don’t know how long the link is going to be active, as WMG are trying to close down all links on YouTube to the track. Don’t you just love copyright kings? In the meantime, if you can watch it.. here’s the coolest dude with orange hair. Ever.
3. Beaker’s Feelings
The original song was pretty horrible. Now, it’s plain immortal.
4. Swedish Chef’s Chicken in the Basket
Culinary delight meets slam dunking.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody
OK, this is pretty much post-Henson. But the great man and the greater Mercury floating somewhere in the outer blue would have both approved.