Wednesday, 16 March 2016


Dangerous Minds features a comprehensive and retrospective article on the Mah Nà Mah Nà song by Piero Umiliani, who originally scored the scat number as part of the soundtrack for a Italian exploitation documentary about the racy lifestyle of the Swedes. The tune, since covered by Benny Hill, Red Skelton and Nancy Sinatra before being popularised by the Muppets (the lead beatnik singer was called Bip Bippadotta, voiced by Jim Henson, and the backup singers were called the Snowths—snout plus mouth), accompanied a scene set in a sauna and was first titled “Viva la Sauna Svedese.” Several versions of the performance are expertly curated at the link above.