Did You Know: 'The Muppets' Song “Mahna Mahna” Originates from a '60s Softcore Movie?
With the new Muppets movie still fresh in our minds, this tidbit of cinema trivia should make you smile — or question your sexuality. The ridiculously catchy song that was featured on The Muppets — you know the one: "Mahna Mahna … " repeat for infinity — and helped the show's 1977 soundtrack album become a number one billboard hit, actually originates from an Italian composer who created the tune for a 60's softcore mondo movie.
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