According to my google research, this song was written in the late sixties by some Italian composer. Originally used in a soft core porn before it ever made its way to where the air is sweet on sesame street…the song has a history.
However most of us associate it with our childhood. And with muppets.
The mah na mah na song is something that is near & dear to me. I LOVE that it is making a bit of a come back. I am all for a new generation of muppet lovers (and perhaps Swedish porn lovers) having this song in their cute little heads.
And while I don’t know if Henson (or the German company that now owns Henson) had anything to DO with this new selling out of muppet soul, it still bugs the shit out of me. First there was Miss Piggy schlocking her wares for Pizza Hut (selling pepperoni pizza! ahhh!). Then there was Kermit trying to convince us to buy a Ford.
And now the mah na mah na song is featured on not one, but two commercials: Big Lots! and Saturn. In my ad zone both Saturn and Big Lots! have purchased ad time when the game shows I watch with GM are on. So there is no avoiding them. And as much as I try to stop myself I SING A FUCKING LONG. (or scat along, or mumble along…whatever.) The music instantly makes me feel happy & peppy & young.
Then, as soon as the ad/s are over, I have this awful taste in my mouth. It tastes like charred plastic and felt…burning muppet aftertaste.