Hot Cha

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song name Hot Cha
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Flood, Birdhouse In Your Soul (EP), Flood + Apollo 18
year 1990
first played December 31, 1989 (45 known performances)
run time 1:34
sung by John Flansburgh


  • Flans: "'Hot Cha!' is actually the name of one of the wooden horses in a lesser celebrated Parker Bros. game called Derby Day made back in the '20s, and the title is really a reference to the rhythm of the song, although we weren't really trying to make a traditional jazzy song by any means. While the feel of the song is pretty swinging, it's also a bit damaged sounding, in part due to the stiff programming, and amplified by the herky-jerky nature of the homemade samples being triggers. This song contains the actual sounds of mallets and drumsticks on my kitchen sink, the base plate of my refrigerator, oven and door buzzer. The horn samples are recorded through a guitar fuzz box, and all the drums are programmed." - 2009 Rolling Stone interview
  • From the FAQ archive: "On the song 'Hot Cha' Alan and I constructed the drum track by making samples of individual sounds of sticks or brushes on the box my Macintosh computer came in. He then triggers those sounds by playing an electronic drum pad."
  • John Flansburgh's brother Paxus adamantly believes that this song is about him. At a 2010 show, Flans introduced this as "a song that's not about my brother".

Song Themes

Body Parts, Doors, Food, Islands, Problems With Liner Notes, Questions, Real Estate, Religion, Supernatural, Swing Feel, Tableware, Telecommunication, Temperature, Two Chord Songs


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