AKA Driver

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song name AKA Driver
artist They Might Be Giants
releases John Henry, AKA Driver (Promo), John Henry + Factory Showroom
year 1994
first played September 14, 1993 (93 known performances)
run time 3:14
sung by John Flansburgh; John Linnell harmonizes during chorus


  • Originally titled "NyQuil Driver", but TMBG changed the title because NyQuil is a registered trademark name. For the same reason, the lyrics are not printed in the liner notes (though they were included in the 2013 LP issue). According to John Flansburgh in the tmbg.com archives:
It was an brief education for us in the difference between protected speech and trademark infringement. Although it was a possibility that we could have gotten away with it, or settled with the Nyquil manufacturers for a small amount of money, the path of least hassle was simply omitting the name from the package. According to our lawyer you can say pretty much anything in a song about a product, and that expression is a protected part of every American's freedom of speech. However when you title a song after a trademarked product and then start selling your recording (which is also a product) you run the risk of the trademark holder suing you for infringing on their trademark. To make matters tougher on ol' Nyquil Driver, trademark holders are compelled by the law to protect their trademark or they run the risk of their product name falling into the public domain.
  • This song was a collaboration between the Johns, Tony Maimone, and Brian Doherty. Brian recalled that "it came about while on stage in St. Louis as Flans implored the audience to come to our gig the next night in Chicago as 'just a full day's drive away.'"

Song Themes

Animals, Criminal Activities, Drugs, Kingdom Of Loathing Reference, Letters Of The Alphabet, Numbers, Problems with Liner Notes, Sleep, Title Not In Lyrics, Trade Names, Transportation


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