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Awesome Music / The Electric Company (1971)

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  • The theme song, which changed every other season, became especially epic with the addition of the "Movin' out in a new way!" introduction and backup vocals for Seasons 5 and 6.note 
  • The animated jazzy take on "Hey Diddle Diddle" performed by a band of cats (including one on the fiddle).
  • Tom Lehrer composed several language-themed songs for the original series, and they're all right up there with his best work.
    • "Silent E" is a buoyant, upbeat tribute to the wonders that tacking an "E" to the end of a word can provide.
      Who can turn a can into a cane?
      Who can turn a pan into a pane?
      It's not too hard to see it's silent "E"
    • "L-Y" is paired with a memorable animation sequence to show the marvels of creating adverbs simply by adding "-ly" to the end of words.
      You're a secret agent man
      Who's after the secret plan
      How do you act so they don't know you're a spy?
      Ah-normally (whistles) normally (whistles again)
      Normal... L-Y!
    • "N Apostrophe T" provides an amusing duet between a cheerful optimist (Jim Boyd) and a grouchy shut-in (Lee Chamberlin) who loves turning words into negatives by adding "n't" to the end of them.
      Jim: Isn't it a lovely day?
      Lee: No! It isn't!
      Jim: Could you come outside and play?
      Lee: No! I couldn't!
      Jim: Did you ever take a hike?
      Lee: No! I didn't!
      Jim: How'd you like to ride my bike?
      Lee: Frankly... I wouldn't!
      Jim: "Isn't", "couldn't", "didn't", "wouldn't", is that all you can say?
      Lee: "Isn't", "couldn't", "didn't", "wouldn't", yes, now go away!
      The greatest sound to me, it stands for "not", I like it a lot, it's spelled N-apostrophe-T!
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  • The sing-alongs with Big Applesauce images from The '70s that were frequently featured on Friday episodes.
  • Rita Moreno sang "Come Listen In On Me" in a Mel Mounds segment. The soulful pop music would not have sounded out of place on the charts in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
  • The "Or" Song, from Season 3, performed by Short Circus members June Angela and Bayn Johnson, which has a very distinct Russian feel to it, possibly being inspired by Fiddler on the Roof.

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