Nothing can transform an innately lovely song into something cloying, pretentious and loathsome as quickly as that song being showcased in an Apple commercial. Feist's "1, 2, 3, 4" is just such: a once gorgeous, toe-tapping melody driven with infinite repetition through my ear canal and into my brain until it took on the jaw-slackening, headache-inducing quality of home trephination. I'm sure you know what I mean. Apple excels at this.
But Feist just redeemed herself in my eyes. Her appearance on Sesame Street is just adorable. The lyrics of "1, 2, 3, 4" are tweaked simply enough to be about monsters, penguins and vacationing chickens, but Feist still gives it her all. Better yet: she actually looks like she'd rather be dancing and singing with muppets than doing an iPod commercial. And, really, who wouldn't? After watching this, I actually like her song again. Watch for Feist's squeal of delight at the very last second of the video, when she thinks the take's over. If your heart doesn't melt, you're a monster... and not the Muppet kind.
Okay. Fine, Feist. I forgive you for selling out, baby. Now come over here and give me and Grover a snuggle.
Feist on Sesame Street [YouTube]