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


The puppets used in live performances of "Exquisite Dead Guy"

Trivia/Info

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[1] for more information.
  • 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. Flansburgh referred to it as "a fucked up part of the show. Fun to do something like that."[2] A few years later, they would "perform" "Counterfeit Faker" in the same manner.
  • The original heads were stolen along with an entire van of equipment in Albany on December 7, 1996 (the day after a show elsewhere in New York). The band found replacement heads, though according to Flansburgh, "the original heads disappearance just seemed like collateral damage compared to the impossible amount of more crucial musical stuff that was lost in the theft. The second set of heads might have actually been initially more normal looking but they were 'styled' by our long-time LD Iggy Ingoglia who managed to give them more 'depth of character.'"[3]
  • In the early 2000s, 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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