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Top Ten Rock Star Appearances on the Muppet Show

Exhibit A for why so many people born in the 1970s experimented with drugs is The Muppet Show.

This primetime, half-hour variety show aimed at kids was possibly the most whacked out craziest bit of insanity to ever play on television. Running from 1976 to 1981, and starring Kermit the Frog, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, and a cast of thousands, it drew an eclectic crew of guest hosts from the world of film, stage, and music. Somehow these human performers were able, for the most part, to keep a straight face as they sang, danced, and exchanged puntastic banter with inanimate objects.

Here are the ten zaniest appearances by musicians on The Muppet Show. No matter how much cocaine the musicians might have done in the dressing room, they would never be able to catch up with Jim Henson and his imaginative cadre of puppeteers.

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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