Absolutely Bill's Mood
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|song name||Absolutely Bill's Mood|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||They Might Be Giants, Don't Let's Start (EP) [Elektra Re-issue], Then: The Earlier Years|
|first played||July 8, 1992 (23 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
- This song features the phoned-in guitar mastery of Eugene Chadbourne: "For the guitar solo... we put in a special long distance call to Greensboro, NC where Eugene Chadbourne had just put his kids to bed. To avoid disturbing them, he gently played his acoustic guitar into Dubway's [Dubway Studios, where they were doing additional recording and mixing] answering machine, without musical accompaniment or guide." - John & John
- The titular "Bill" is Bill Krauss. "Absolutely" in the title was inspired by Bob Dylan, who would occasionally add irrelevant, emphatic adverbs to his song titles (e.g., "Absolutely Sweet Marie", "Positively 4th Street", "Obviously 5 Believers").
- As reported in the August 3, 1987 issue of New York magazine, the band threatened to sue the electronics chain Crazy Eddie because of a commercial they claimed used parts of "Mr. Me" and "Absolutely Bill's Mood." The band had been first approached by the company about using "Absolutely Bill's Mood" in a commercial, but the band declined the offer. Upon being turned down, Crazy Eddie's created their own sound-a-like, which was the basis of the lawsuit.
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