Every day, we bring you the best thing we’ve seen on YouTube – a great piece of archive footage, a music promo or a clip from one of our favourite movies or TV shows.
Today: Get yourself some glee by watching an infectiously happy rendition of R.E.M’s 1989 hit single, “Shiny Happy People.”
See Stipe, Mills and Buck bounce around in this performance from the 1998/99 season of Sesame Street,
The female vocal is performed by Stephanie D’Abruzzo of Avenue Q fame. The puppet on the show is dressed up to look like original vocalist Kate Pierson of the B-52s.
Christopher Cerf, Sesame Street writer, wrote new lyrics for this version of the song, entitled “Furry Happy Monsters.
Lyrics include: “Monsters having fun, happy, happy, See them jump and run, happy, happy, Laughing all the while, cheerful, cheerful, Flashing a big smile, that’s a perfect sign That they’re feelin’ fine! Furry happy monsters feeling glad!”