Counterfeit Faker

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Illustration from the Long Tall Weekend liner notes

song name Counterfeit Faker
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Long Tall Weekend
year 1999
first played March 14, 1996 (79 known performances)
run time 2:12
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell sings backup


  • John Flansburgh has said this song is about a relative of his.
  • From the Summer 1999 Info Club newsletter: "A hopped up country number finds Linnell playing the banjo and fiddle (!) and some serious foot-stomping and cross-eyed harmonizing from Flansy. Different."
  • This song was occasionally performed live, using the same puppet heads that are better known for their appearance in "live" performances of "Exquisite Dead Guy".
  • Not to be confused with the Dial-A-Song track featured on Then: The Earlier Years, "Counterfeit Fake".

Song Themes

Doors, Lies, Deception, Occupations, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, People (Imaginary), Song Duos, Songs With Handclaps, Windows


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