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“Mad”: Little Jerry & the Monotones Are Steamed

Anger doesn’t get any more adorable than when expressed by those muppet rockers,  Little Jerry & the Monotones, on “Mad,” the standout track from 1971’s Sesame Street 2: Original Cast Record LP — be sure to listen for the surprise “Howard Dean scream” that can only be found on this mix, a Zero-to-180 exclusive:


Mad (2004 Remix) – Little Jerry & the Monotones

[Pssst:  Click the triangle above to play “Mad” by Little Jerry & the Monotones.


Song written by Princeton University’s own, Jeffrey Moss

(Class of 1963)

Sesame Street 2 LP


Thanks to Muppet Wiki for the back story:

The members of the band were Little Jerry as the frontman, backed by Big Jeffy along with Lavender and Pumpkin Anything Muppets, usually known as Chrissy and Rockin’ Richard.  All members of the band are named after the people who served as their original (and primary) voices:  Little Jerry is named after Jerry Nelson, Jeff Moss supplied the voice for Big Jeffy, Rockin’ Richard’s by Richard Hunt, and Christopher Cerf was Chrissy.  The individual members introduced themselves by name in the song “Four,” while the group name first appeared on a 1971 record.  On occasions, the names and voices for the back-ups, especially the latter two, were swapped.   In a late 1980’s appearance, the group consisted of Little Jerry, Big Jeffy, and another Fat Blue Anything Muppet performed by Richard Hunt.  At this point, the group’s previous hippie attire were replaced by more contemporary, yet still flashy clothes. The trio can also be spotted in a framed photo on Jackman Wolf‘s desk in the 1990 video release, Rock & Roll.


Encore Performance!

Would you believe it?

Sesame Street Records paired “Mad” with “Sad” for single release in 1976:


Little Jerry & the Monotones



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