Cyclops Rock

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From the TMBG E-card
"But Chucky's arm keeps me company..."

song name Cyclops Rock
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Mink Car, Special Mink Car Sampler, Tracks Taken From The New Album 'Mink Car', Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity, Podcast 53
year 2001
first played March 4, 1999 (351 known performances)
run time 2:38
sung by John Flansburgh; Cerys Matthews screams the bridge


Trivia/Info

  • Cerys Matthews is the guest singer stuck in the van outside of New York.
  • In a 2003 interview, Flansburgh explained: "This is the story of a fellow who feels betrayed and beaten by a relationship, but is surviving. He compares himself to Chucky, from the Child's Play movies."[1]
  • In 2019, in response to a question about why "Nixon" was changed to "Chucky" for this version, Flansburgh explained, "I can't say it was a strong impulse. I think maybe Chucky seemed more universal and broadly horrifying, where as the Nixon mention kind of pulled the lyric off the main topic into some political thing."[2]
  • The version of this song on the Dial-A-Song and User's Guide compilations is 4 seconds longer at the end than the Mink Car version, filled with extra guitar noises.
  • The alternate channels 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the E-card show cyclops versions of Barney, Miss Eyemerica, 20/20, a cop show and a western, respectively.
  • The video for the song was likely inspired by The Residents, an experimental rock band that was known for keeping their identities hidden behind giant eyeball masks.

Song Themes

Artificial Body Parts, Children, Cities, Dancing, Food, Freaks, Friendship, Geography, I Am, I've Got A, Kingdom Of Loathing Reference, Loneliness, Love Gone Sour, Mind Control, Hypnotism, Misanthropy, Movies, Music, Mythology, New York City, Non-John Vocals, Problems With Liner Notes, Recycled Material, Screaming, Self-Reference, Transportation

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