Exquisite Dead Guy

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song name Exquisite Dead Guy
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Factory Showroom, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, John Henry + Factory Showroom
year 1996
first played September 8, 1996 (141 known performances)
run time 2:02
sung by John Linnell


A song of admiration for a departed hero. The title is inspired by the name of a parlor game of the Surrealists, "The Exquisite Corpse", in which players take turns constructing a sentence word by word without seeing what has already been written.
  • "Exquisite Corpse" is a game surrealists used to play at parties. See exquisitecorpse.com for more info.
  • The band would perform this live accompanied by a recording of John and John's vocals while They moved two ventriloquist dummy heads on mic stands around a dimly-lit stage. A few years later, they would "perform" "Counterfeit Faker" in the same manner. In 2000, the puppets (named "Skunk" and "The Morning Maniac") were given away in a contest through eMusic called "Who's the Dummy Anyway?".

Song Themes

Death, Guy Songs, Nonsense Words, People (Imaginary), Questions, Real Estate, Zombies Or The Undead


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