I would personally like to thank Chris Hardwick and his awesome Nerdist Industries for producing this new music video for Ben Folds Five, which brings the colorful denizens of Fraggle Rock back to life for the first time since their beloved HBO series ended in 1987. The opportunity for Nerdist to unite the fun-loving Fraggles, and the equally fun-loving (and recently reuinted) Ben Folds Five, came about when Hardwick had a meeting with Lisa Henson: (via Popcandy)[quote]In a meeting with Lisa (Henson, CEO, The Jim Henson Company), she casually said, ‘Next year is the 30th anniversary of Fraggle Rock. Would you want to do anything with the Fraggles?’ ‘WHAT THE (expletive)?? That’s an OPTION?!’ I loudly replied. I think I scared her a little. I knew Ben had a new album releasing in September so I threw his name out. Lisa said ‘that would be amazing’ without hesitation. It was beautifully serendipitous.[/quote]
This video is an absolute blast from start to finish, and features cameos from Hardwick, Rob Corddry, and the lovely Anna Kendrick. It actually makes a nice companion piece to Weezer’s 2002 video with The Muppets, “Keep Fishin,” which I’ve also included here, so you can double up on your dose of Jim Henson and geek rock awesomeness:
By the way Lisa Henson, if you’re willing to let the Fraggles come out an play some more in the future, you’ll have a legion of fans (including myself), who would absolutely pay good money to see that. Just sayin’.