James Bobin’s Muppets Most Wanted hits screens in just three weeks, but you’ll be able to enjoy the soundtrack of the crime caper comedy a few days earlier. Featuring songs by the Oscar-winning Bret McKenzie and scored by the award-winning Christophe Beck, the sequel’s soundtrack will be available starting March 18th. You can get a taste of the music in this trailer that includes the “Sequel Song”. Much like the film itself, the soundtrack features vocals from Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Constantine, Celine Dion, and More.
Hit the jump for the track listing and press release. Click here to pre-order a copy. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.
“MUPPETS MOST WANTED” SOUNDTRACK TO MAKE MAYHEM MARCH 18
Walt Disney Records’ Release to Feature Vocals by Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Constantine, Celine Dion and More
BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2014) – The Muppets are back on the big screen with the all-new caper “Muppets Most Wanted,” creating the musical mayhem that’s made them fan favorites for almost four decades. With songs by Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar® for the original song “Man or Muppet” in 2011’s “The Muppets,” and a score by Christophe Beck, who’s behind the scores of Disney’s Oscar-winning short “Paperman” and the Golden Globe®-winning, Oscar-nominated hit “Frozen,” the soundtrack features all-star vocalists, including Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Constantine and Celine Dion. Walt Disney Records will release the “Muppets Most Wanted” soundtrack March 18, three days before the movie hits theaters.
“The ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ soundtrack is some of the best music by a frog, pig, bear, chickens, penguins and a—uh, whatever—ever recorded,” said Kermit the Frog. “It’s like going on tour with the Muppets, but without the messy cleanup afterwards.”
According to McKenzie, who wrote songs for the Muppets’ last big-screen adventure, the songs are true to the Muppets’ musical reputation: they’re packed with puns, punch lines and Muppets mayhem. “All of the songs are quite story specific,” he said. “They’re very character driven.
“‘I’m Number One’ is about the bad frog Constantine being the number one criminal and his sidekick Dominic, played by Ricky Gervais, being number two,” McKenzie continued. “It’s a power struggle, a classic rivalry song in a style that could be performed in a cabaret venue. A lot of the old Muppets songs are like that—show pieces.”
The soundtrack features a host of show pieces, including the fully orchestrated “We’re Doing a Sequel,” with special appearances by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, along with the whole Muppets gang, and “Something So Right,” a ballad written for Miss Piggy and celebrated performer Celine Dion. “Miss Piggy is wonderful,” said Dion. “She’s so charming and sensitive and filled with passion. She has a big heart and it was wonderful to sing with her.” “I was magnifique,” added Miss Piggy, “With a little help from moi, I think Celine may have a big future in singing.”
The soundtrack also includes “Interrogation Song,” featuring Ty Burrell, Sam Eagle and the Muppets. It’s what McKenzie calls “a conversation put to music,” and actually started out as dialogue from the film. Additionally, Tina Fey, who plays feisty prison guard Nadya, takes center stage—complete with Russian accent—with the renowned Josh Groban in “The Big House.”
The “Muppets Most Wanted” soundtrack features 20 tracks—including 12 new recordings—plus five bonus tracks. Also featured is score by Beck, who incorporated styles from around the world in a nod to the international locales the Muppets visit in the film. “This score was incredibly fun to write,” said Beck. “With characters spread across the world, there was opportunity after opportunity to explore many musical styles and settings.”
Beck introduced several character themes—Constantine has a Slavic theme, for example, and Kermit and Miss Piggy are accompanied by a love theme (of course) that is an extension of music from “The Muppets.” An 80-piece orchestra was sprinkled with unique instruments, including a banjo, Spanish guitar and a Russian Balalaika. “The real fun was the 20-person Russian male chorus, which is heavily featured,” said Beck.
1. They’ve Ordered a Sequel (Walter, Statler and Waldorf) 2. We’re Doing a Sequel (The Muppets with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett) 3. My Name First ___ Your Name (Constantine and Ricky Gervais) 4. I’m Number One (Constantine and Ricky Gervais) 5. The Casa Grande (Kermit, Tina Fey, Jemaine Clement, Danny Trejo and Ray Liotta) 6. The Big House (Tina Fey with Josh Groban) 7. Stick with Me (Constantine and Miss Piggy) 8. I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu) (Constantine) 9. The Muppet Show Theme (Los Muppets) 10. Answer Some Questions (Ty Burrell) 11. Interrogation Song (Ty Burrell, Sam Eagle and The Muppets) 12. Oh Foo Foo, It’s Always Been a Fight (Miss Piggy and Foo Foo) 13. Something So Right (Miss Piggy, Kermit, Celine Dion and The Muppets) 14. We’re Goin’ Underground (Kermit) 15. Working in the Coal Mine (Jemaine Clement) 16. The Gulag Finale (Kermit) 17. Together Again (The Muppets with Josh Groban) 18. Moves Like Jagger (Scooter and the Penguins featuring Pepé the King Prawn) 19. Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) (Miss Piggy and The Flamingos) 20. Muppets Most Wanted Score Suite (Christophe Beck) 21. We’re Doing a Sequel Demo (Bret McKenzie) 22. The Big House Demo (Bret McKenzie) 23. What You Want Outtake (Bret McKenzie) 24. I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu) Demo (Bret McKenzie) 25. Something So Right Demo (Bret McKenzie)