Electric Mayhem Band, The

Wild rock and roll group featured on the THE MUPPET SHOW/SYN/1976-81. The band was a parody of the drug-taking, mind-blown heavy metal musicians from the late 1960s.


These musical leftovers from the drug culture hung around “The Muppet Show” because it was a “good gig.” The full name of the band was  “Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem Band.” The members of the band included:

  • Dr. Teeth (voice of Jim Henson), the group’s leader who had very round body and skinny arms. He was a piano player modeled after Elton “Don’t Shoot the Piano Player” John.
  • Sergeant Floyd Pepper (voice of Jerry Nelson), a laid back hipster/bass guitar player and the group’s verbal representative.
  • Zoot (voice of Dave Goetz) an aging, burnt out saxophonist.
  • Animal (voice of Frank Oz), the band’s drummer and throwback to a hairy Neanderthal who bangs his drums and screams “WO-MAN” Animal like WO-MAN!”
  • Janis (voice of Frank Oz), a stringy-blond-haired female guitar player

Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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