Outta My System

Album: Circuital (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This poppy tune began as a Muppets collaboration. An executive recruited My Morning Jacket to record music for a new version of the Muppets Electric Mayhem band in which MMJ would play behind a curtain while Muppet holograms performed onstage. However after the executive got fired, the project disappeared. Another Circuital track, "Wonderful (The Way I Feel)," also originated from the ill-fated Muppet sessions.

    Frontman Jim James also got a call to write a couple of songs for the 2011 The Muppets movie, but they didn't use those either. "So now, twice, Muppet glory has been within my grasp," James told Rolling Stone. "It's pretty heartbreaking, but it did propel us just to kick into high gear and finish our own record."
  • We suspect that some of the tongue-in-cheek lyrics - "They told me not to smoke drugs, but I didn't listen. Never thought I'd get caught and wind up in prison." - wouldn't have made it onto the Muppets project anyway.
  • The song's music video was directed by James Frost, who previously helmed the visuals for Radiohead's "House Of Cards" and OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass." It features plenty of spacey animation as My Morning Jacket are transformed into cartoon cyclops, whilst comedian Zach Galifianakis plays an animated wizard.

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