Bill Murray has a good attitude, all around. He’s a little odd, but we’ll take it. In this new animated video, watching Bill Murray sing about being happy is actually kind of comforting, in a strange, Sesame Street sort of way.
There’s a lot of terrible, no good, very bad stuff in the world, but Murray’s little tune, “Happy Street,” is a good reminder that nice things do exist. At least for a few minutes.
The song is from Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band’s upcoming self-titled album. Paul Shaffer used to lead the band on David Letterman’s show, but since they’ve been off the air, he and Murray go way, way back to old school Saturday Night Live days.
If you’re a fan of comedy, Bill Murray, or even Hollywood trivia in general, you might be into the animated video more than the sugary-sweet song itself. Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic shows up as a graffiti artist, there’s a reference to Groundhog Day mid-way through the video, and Letterman himself appears on a TV in the background. There’s a pharmacy called Venkman & Sons, after his character in Ghostbusters, and the beer in a bar scene is named after his role in Meatballs. There are tons more references to Murray and his career throughout, too, it’s hard to catch them all.
The song sounds like a kid’s song, but as Murray makes his way playing pied piper on Happy Street, there is some serious stuff going on. Barflies watching roaches on a counter and a bank robber are turned by the good vibes of Murray and his puppy parade. Shaffer’s album is definitely not for kids either. The album includes appearances by random musical guests (such as Murray), like Darius Rucker and Shaggy. Earlier this year, Shaffer and Jenny Lewis released another track called “Sorrow,” dedicated to David Bowie.
Everyone needs a little happy in their life sometime, and we’re not ashamed to say that this video definitely gave us our daily dose.