Costello remakes one of his earliest singles for a whole new generation of fans. We let his target demo decide if his aim was true.

This week’s pick: “A Monster Went And Ate My Red 2” feat. Elmo and Cookie Monster (2011)


Special Guest Commentator, Elias Gorman (age 5)

Elias Gorman: Silly. This song is crazy. Elmo’s glasses are silly. And him playing guitar is silly. And Cookie Monster eating his “two” was also really silly. I like the song because of that silly monster eating that number 2. The guy singing the song is good. I like the way he plays guitar and his hat is good. And Elmo’s silly hat is silly because he has the same hat on. “Cowabunga” is also silly about it.

The monster is just going to eat his 2 again, right? You could count to 10 without the number 2, right? 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, right? Or you could go like this: 8, 6, 10, 9, 1, 8 until you got to 10. But if the Cookie Monster ate every 2 EVER, you couldn’t write “two hundred.” There would be one hundred, three hundred, four hundred, five hundred, six hundred, seven hundred, eight hundred, nine hundred.

If you wanted to keep monsters from eating the number 2 you put them in jail.  And put a big ball of paper and put metal boxes around the number 2s so he couldn’t eat them. And then if he can’t eat up the metal box, he’s only gonna chip his teeth so then he can’t eat the 2 because he doesn’t have any jaws. He can’t bite down in to number 2. He can only munch. I think the tastiest number is 0 because it won’t be anything. The number 2 tastes like bananas. No. It tastes like cookies! That’s why he eats the number 2! If I could eat any number it would be 680, because I’m SO hungry!

Can I have a cookie?