Kiss Me, Son Of God

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song name Kiss Me, Son of God
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Lincoln, They'll Need A Crane (EP) [UK Release], Then: The Earlier Years, Selections From Then
year 1988
first played March 4, 1987 (52 known performances)
run time 1:54
sung by John Linnell; John Flansburgh harmonizes


Trivia/Info

When Linnell first played me "Kiss Me, Son of God" my jaw just hit the floor. I was almost afraid to play the song publicly, because I was just thinking, "This is not going to be accepted." To be standing on stage singing "You love me, and I love me" just strikes me as a scary moment.

  • On April 17, 1987, a network television performance of this song on Kansas City, Missouri CBS affiliate KCTV was cut short. At a show later that year, Flansburgh explained, "Right after the line 'I look like Jesus', they pulled us off the air. We are still waiting for a written explanation and apology." The band's manager Jamie Kitman told the story in his 1988 essay, Our Roadies, Ourselves:

The band certainly has considered religious themes, as evidenced by John Linnell's solo accordion number, "Kiss Me, Son of God." A stinging indictment of organized religion, it was, in fact, the exact number [he] was crooning for [KCTV anchor Lili Bliss] and the audience at home when the folks at the studio control board panicked and pulled the plug.

"I built a little empire out of some crazy garbage called the blood of the exploited working class," [Linnell] had begun to sing, while [Flansburgh] smiled and snapped out an uptempo beat. "Now they've overcome their shyness, and they're calling me 'Your Highness,' and the world screams, 'Kiss me, Son of God.' "

Poor Lilly [sic]. Her evanescent smile had completely disappeared. Her hard-boiled co-anchor, a crusty old news guy straight from central casting, fell out of his chair laughing. Linnell continued: "I look like Jesus, so they say..." [..] as the monitor in the Green Room went blank.

  • The studio recording features the multi-instrumental talents of The Ordinaires.
  • In live performances, the song is played only with accordion instead of stringed instruments, showcasing a duo-style unplugged arrangement similar to the alternate version.*This song has been covered by both OK Go and Frank Bennett.

Song Themes

Egoism And Pretentiousness, Friendship, Gleeful Irreverence, Kingdom Of Loathing Reference, Love, Religion, Size, Titles And Honorifics, Yes

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