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|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Join Us (Four Advance Tracks), Join Us, Them Ain't Big Eye Ants, Idlewild, 50,000,000 They Might Be Giants Songs Can't Be Wrong|
|first played||July 20, 2011 (199 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
- Cloisonné is an ancient enameling technique used in decorating metalwork objects.
- The horn arrangement for this song was done by Stan Harrison.
- For this song, Linnell used his plastic Yamaha bass clarinet (model YCL-221ii), which "didn't cost too much and stood up to the punishment of the road better than a wooden one would."
- Flansburgh said of the song :
The story behind the song Cloisonné is pretty discombobulated. In an experimental period of putting Join Us together we created a series of electronic beats entirely without song ideas behind them. The idea was to make the tiniest drum machine-based beats that were still exciting. I probably spent twelve hours just editing and tweaking these sounds with no particular song in mind. The lyric is kind of from a Rat Pack point of view—like the guy singing is really into his own swagger, but he's also kind of out of date and out of it. The idea of not knowing what a sleestak is does come from my real life—I am actually exactly a year too old to have watched that show. Having to have Land of the Lost explained to you is slightly undignified, but thus is the fate of those who get old.
- Flansburgh added in an earlier Songfacts interview: "You know, I did not know what a Sleestak was until I met my wife, who does an imitation of a Sleestak, which is, I guess, a creature from a television program called Land of the Lost."
- This video is the first to feature the restored Mojo Chessmaster guitar since the demo of "Working Undercover For The Man" 11 years earlier.
- The music video for this song features a different recording than the album version.
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Cloisonné is currently ranked #191 out of 910. (124 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.71)