Eddie Murphy. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

“That was the one thing when we first talked about this,” Murphy told David Letterman, who hosted the Academy Awards in 1995 without breaking into song. “The first thing that came out of my mouth was, ‘I’m not doing one of those crazy dance numbers.’ ”

He then proceeded to jokingly sing a generic “We’re at the Academy Awards” tribute, which sounded satirically good enough to make us wish Murphy would change his mind about this whole musical moratorium. At the very least, he should consider throwing one of his famous James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub Parties.

Watch a clip in which Murphy explains his Oscar plans to Letterman, who insists the Oscars are “not all they’re cracked up to be,” after the jump.