Thursday, June 4, 1970

Musical Artist - Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem is the Muppet house band originally created in the 1970s, and who, after performer changes and a few lineup changes, are still a mainstay of Muppet-related music productions. They were first seen on The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence, and then made regular appearances on The Muppet Show, with some members even appearing as part of the "pit band" in the Muppet Theater. When the Muppets turned to making movies, they showed up in prominent portions of The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan. The "original" lineup of the band featured characters who were played by what were essentially the "core" Muppet performers during the Muppet Show era, and consisted of:
  • Dr. Teeth on keyboard and lead vocals, played by Jim Henson
  • Animal on drums, played by Frank Oz
  • Floyd Pepper on bass, played by Jerry Nelson
  • Janice on lead guitar, played by Richard Hunt
  • Zoot on saxophone, played by Dave Goelz
When Henson died, he was replaced by John Kennedy and later Bill Barretta as Dr. Teeth. When Hunt died, Janice went silent for nearly two decades before David Rudman took over the part. As the years wore on, other members have seen their performer retire and be replaced by someone else. Eric Jacobsen took over for Frank Oz as Animal in 2002 after Oz retired. When Jerry Nelson retired, John Kennedy took the part of Floyd Pepper, and he later gave way to Matt Vogel. Zoot has always been played by Dave Goelz.

Later iterations of the band featured the trumpet playing Lips, played first by Steve Whitmire and then by Peter Linz. The character Clifford played by Kevin Cash appeared with the band once.

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