Mouse Rat, the fake Andy Dwyer fronted band from NBC’s Parks & Recreation, is set to release a real album. It was announced on the 10th anniversary of the show’s memorial episode, Li’l Sebastian. In the episode, the Pawnee Parks Department goes about memorializing the passing of beloved miniature horse Li’l Sebastian. Most notably, it features Chris Pratt singing Mouse Rat’s “5,000 Candles in the Wind (Bye Bye Li’l Sebastian),” a song that went on to capture the hearts of fans everywhere.
Parks & Recreation was created by Greg Daniels, who previously created the American version of The Office, and the show featured the same mockumentary style. It told the story of the daily lives and oddball adventures of Pawnee, Indiana’s Parks Department employees. The show ran for seven seasons, and starring along with Pratt was Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, and Aziz Ansari. The show became a massive success, and it even had a reunion episode last year as a fundraiser for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
A video was released on Mouse Rat‘s YouTube page that features Jay Jackson reprising his role as Perd Hapley, Pawnee’s resident news personality, to announce the album’s release. In the video, Perd highlights “5,000 Candles in the Wind” and says, “go listen and gently weep with me.” Check out the video below:
“The Awesome Album” is being released by DualTone, and oddly enough, Entertainment 720, which is the fictional company created by Ansari’s Tom Haverford on the show. Aside from their tribute to Li’l Sebastian, “The Awesome Album” will feature “Sex Hair,” which fans may remember from the Pawnee Cares Telethon, and “The Pit,” which is all about the sinkhole featured throughout the first season of the show. There are also two tracks featuring the alter ego of Offerman’s Ron Swanson, the jazz performer, Duke Silver. Check out the complete tracklist below:
1. “5,000 Candles In The Wind (Bye Bye Li’l Sebastian)”2. “The Pit”3. “Sex Hair”4. “Catch Your Dream” (Feat. Duke Silver)5. “Two Birds Holding Hands”6. “Ann Song”7. “The Way You Look Tonight”8. “Menace Ball”9. “Remember”10. “I Get A Kick Out Of You”11. “Lovely Tonight”12. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”13. “I Only Have Eyes For You”14. “Pickled Ginger” (By Land Ho!)15. “Cold Water” (By Land Ho!’s Scott Tanner Feat. Duke Silver)
“The Awesome Album” is slated to drop on August 27th, and fans will have various options from which to choose. There are three different edition albums through DualTone with “Jet Black Pope,” “Flush with Cash Green,” and “Catch Your Dream Tricolor.” There are also variants through the Magnolia Record Store of DualTone with a “Duke Silver” and “Cherry Gergich”edition. It will be available as a digital download and as a CD styled to look just like the ones Andy sold at his shoeshine station. Interestingly, there will also be a cassette version, which speaks to the show’s spirit shining through in the release.
The album was clearly made with a love for the show as beyond the songs themselves, the art and handling of the material was fine-tuned for fans. DualTone even included a list of Mouse Rats’ former names, and in their press release, they commended Tom Haverford’s other business ventures before Entertainment 720. Fans of the show will appreciate the level of detail that was put into creating the final look of the album, and it will be exciting to see what other details and possible inserts may find their way into the final release when the album comes out later this year.
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Source: Mouse Rat
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