From This Might Be A Wiki
|song name||Black Ops|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Nanobots EP, Nanobots|
|first played||August 8, 2013 (23 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
- According to John Flansburgh, this song is written from the perspective of an amoral drone operator who is unsure about his occupation. He further classifies the narrator as strange and irresponsible. Much of the song, he adds, was written a cappella on a lonely car trip. In a Weekly Feed interview, John Linnell describes the song as an "experiment in creepiness".
- Flansburgh in February 2013 on the song's themes:
Well, I mean, it's about murdering people so it's a weird... it's sung from a weird point of view. You know, I'm not sure if it's a really responsible song or a really irresponsible song, but it's sort of about the problem of immorality versus amorality, I think. There are a lot of things in the culture that sort of romanticize people in that position and I think, you know, from another perspective it's hard to think of those kinds of actions as anything but dubious.
- Black operations are discreet, often illegal, government or military operations, generally drawing negative connotations. Black sites are locations where these operations take place.
- Knockout drops are solutions (often chloral hydrate) placed inside drinks, usually alcoholic, to render the consumer unconscious.
- On August 8, 2013, the band introduced a completely reworked arrangement for this song. The new arrangement, used for live performances, is much more uptempo and rock-driven. This version was given a studio treatment in 2015.
- The music video for this song was directed by Craig J. Clark and premiered on YouTube on June 7, 2013. The band states, "For best results, view in a darkened room."
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- Watch it on - recorded live on August 8, 2013
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Black Ops is currently ranked #457 out of 886. (63 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.14)