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|
|first played||September 8, 1996 (141 known performances)|
|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?".
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