Alphabet Of Nations
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|song name||Alphabet of Nations|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Here Come The ABCs, TMBG Clock Radio, CD/DVD Sampler|
|first played||August 17, 2004 (349 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh, John Linnell|
- Live performances and the 2012 deluxe edition of No! feature an extended version of the song with an additional bridge where Linnell lists more countries in this order: "Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Chad, Afghanistan, Brunei, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Fiji, Guatemala."
- Oman, Qatar, and Yemen are the only existing countries whose names begin with their respective first letters.
- Technically, there is no nation whose name begins with the letter X (Mexico and Luxembourg are the only existing countries that have the letter X in them) or W (Wales is a part of the United Kingdom, Wallachia is a historical and geographical region of Romania, Wallis is a territory of France, and Western Sahara is a disputed territory south of Morocco). The fictional "West Xylophone" is used as a stand-in for both of these letters. The band has joked that West Xylophone is the colonial name of what is now the "Republic of Marimba".
- At live shows, Dan Miller plays keyboard, and backup on "Zimbabwe".
- The video was created by Brandon Martinez and Michelle Hammond of Colourmovie.
- On They Might Be Giants Friday Night Family Podcast
- Watch it on (video from Here Come The ABCs)
- Watch it on (soundcheck with The Avatars Of They)
- Live on Conan (from crudpants.com)
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