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Music by Joe Raposo
Lyrics by Jim Henson
Publisher Jonico Music Inc
Hugga Wugga

"Hugga Wugga" evolved from a longtime favorite Jim Henson sketch originally titled "Sclrap Flyapp." Henson's love of jazz is evident in the performance of "Hugga Wugga," in which he played with the idea of combining eerie music, visual imagery, and special effects. The song is registered with BMI as "Hugga Wugga" but is sometimes referred to in Henson documents as "Buggy Mugger".[1]

In the sketch, a nasty, gravel-voiced creature marches through an alien swamp, chanting "Hugga Wugga!" When he finds creatures that sing different songs, he blasts them with steam. This bully is infuriated when he meets a creature who sings "You Are My Sunshine." Hugga Wugga blasts him, but the happy creature turns the tables on his aggressor.

The sketch was first performed as part of Nancy Sinatra's Las Vegas stage show, Movin' with Nancy: Nice 'n' Easy, in 1971. In 1976, it was performed in episode 118 of The Muppet Show. In Gonzo Presents Muppet Weird Stuff, it's revealed that this is Gonzo and Camilla's song (though they refer to it as "Hugga Wugga Buggy Mugger").

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  • Iggy Wiggy - This green bird-like creature has purple feathers on top of his head and has googly eyes. He is the only creature that didn't evolve from a creature from "Sclrap Flyapp". Performed by John Lovelady.

Sources

  1. Jim Henson's Red Book - 6/16/1971 – ‘Opening night Nancy Sinatra – Hilton International’
  2. Personal communication with Matt Vogel by Anthony T.

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