Track of the Day: 'Coconut' by the Muppets

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader throws another cover song in the mix:

Harry Nilsson’s “Lime in the Coconut” has been covered multiple times, probably because it’s such a fun song with an Island lilt. Obviously, though, the best cover is by the Muppets. You can argue that it’s not that different in terms of arrangement, but I would counter that any song sung by a frog is automatically transformative.

In 1998, Australian singer Dannii Minogue (yep, Kylie’s sister) did a dance-music version that peaked at #62 on the ARIA singles chart. Someone on YouTube made their own dance version of Homer Simpson singing “Beer in the Coconut” to himself in a hammock. But for me, the silly song will always make me think of the blood-soaked heist movie Reservoir Dogs, which has a brilliant soundtrack in general.

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