When Wu-Tang Clan member ODB made a video for his 1995 hip-hop classic “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” he turned to Hype Williams for a straight-out-of-the-’70s feel. Turns out he should have just turned to The Muppets’ house band, The Electric Mayhem.
Mashup genius Mylo the Cat has paired the rap staple with a video of bandleader Dr. Teeth getting his “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” on and the results are pitch perfect. That’s become the norm for Mylo the Cat, who also brought together the Muppets and The Beastie Boys, as well as the Great Gonzo doing the Digital Underground’s Humpty Dance.
“Shimmy Shimmy Ya” is the perfect song for Dr. Teeth who is clearly the ODB of Electric Mayhem. No one else has his energetic mix of piano playing, slick moves and distinctive way of singing. Similarly, no one else in the Wu Tang had ODB’s idiosyncratic style on the mic. As Method Man said on 36 Chambers when it comes to ODB, “there ain’t no father to his style.” (For the record, Method Man is definitely the Floyd of the Wu Tang.)