emmet otter

It’s the second week of December. The egg nog is spiked. Our Christmas tree has been purchased, trimmed and decorated, and it has actually been (kinda) seasonally chilly here in L.A. the past few days. Having said that, I think the holiday-related posts can officially begin, and I can tell you there is no better way to do so than with this unsanctioned soundtrack to Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. If you grew up in the 80s then this really needs no further explanation. Welcome to Frogtown Hollow.

+ After the jump: MP3s / Video: Emmet Otter’s Christmas blooper reel

Download: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

MP3: Instrumental Theme
MP3: Intro 1
MP3: Barbecue
MP3: Intro 2
MP3: The Bathing Suit She Wore
MP3: Hole in the Washtub
MP3: Yancey Woodchuck’s Barbeque
MP3: Brothers
MP3: Riverbottom Nightmare Band
MP3: Intro 3
MP3: When The Mountains
MP3: Closer Now Than Ever Before
MP3: Closer/Brothers Medley
MP3: When The Mountains Pt. 2
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Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas :: Blooper Reel

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22 Responses to “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas”

  1. Nice! It’s not the holiday season without a visit to Frogtown Hollow; one of my all time favorites. Killer soundtrack. Thanks!… as far as I know – never released on vinyl?

    The only other holiday film (‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ aside) that hits my seasonal bulls-eye is ‘Trading Places’.

  2. abfab, AD! i am covering “When the River Meets the Sea” at a gig I am playing in a few weeks.

  3. How ironic, just bought the dvd a couple weeks ago for my sisters kids and watched it with them over thanksgiving!

  4. AD earns an INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF STREET CRED with me for posting about my all-time favorite Christmas Special.

  5. Ahh the holidays, full of hot coca, cold weather, kids eagerly awaiting santa, and people like me eagerly awaiting the AD end of the year list! Hope that comes out sooner than later! I’ll have to add some stuff to my wish list!

  6. i watch it every year, though strangely the DVD took all of Kermit’s parts out, he originally was the narrator, bastards. just watching the puppets walk is a holiday tradition, especially the clumsy scene where Emmet and ma on the slide

  7. [...] one of my favorite blogs, Aquarium Drunkard, has MP3s from the movie available for download HERE. Beyond the jugband music is the Deep Purple-esque heavy metal sludge of the River Bottom Nightmare [...]

  8. “The original special was hosted by Kermit the Frog; however, later releases edited out the frog’s narration due to legal issues. While The Jim Henson Company retained ownership of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, the company sold the rights to the Muppets (including Kermit) to the Walt Disney Company in 2004.”

  9. Not letting me download from either Safari or Firefox.

  10. Fave Xmas thing period. Thank you.

  11. You just made my wife’s Christmas!

  12. That brings back memories.

  13. I watch this every Christmas.

  14. wow. talk about must have xmas music., goin to play this at my xmas party for sure.

  15. What channel does emmit otter’s jug band christmas play on I haven’t seen it in years?

  16. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! Apparently My Morning Jacket is going to cover “Closer Now Than Ever Before” (Our World) on an upcoming Muppets tribute:

    http://kidsmusic.about.com/b/2009/09/28/rock-stars-cover-classic-songs-on-muppets-revisited.htm

  17. Just watched my VHS copy from about 1997 – Kermit makes an appearance at the beginning, but that’s about it.
    Still my favorite ever Christmas special. Not sure why the stupid Rankin/Bass stuff gets played all over the place while this one collects dust. Thanks AD for posting the mp3s!

  18. I think the Hit Entertainment version of the dvd from 2005 has the Kermit parts. Yancey Woodchuck alone makes this probably the greatest holiday soundtrack ever.

  19. [...] 2.  Aquarium Drunkard’s got Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas. [...]

  20. I have been looking for these songs forever but they don’t work!! Can someone email them to me?!

  21. i read the link for mp3 is for only 14 days, i didn’t catch them either. if anyone has them, can you send them to me, too? skyy_tini at yahoo

  22. Ok, I too have been looking for the Emett Otter soundtrack (Watching it right now, GREAT memories of this and Rich Littles Christmas Carol on HBO) – I Found another site that has all the songs : http://sonicblusflipside.blogspot.com/2007/01/emmet-otters-jug-band-christmas.html

    It works as of 12/13/2010 – Enjoy All!

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