|song name||Last Wave|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||I Like Fun|
|first played||April 15, 2018 (11 known performances)|
|sung by||John Linnell, John Flansburgh|
- "Last Wave" was originally written by watching the 1986 Aerosmith/Run-DMC music video "Walk This Way" on mute and trying to write a song that corresponded to it, which accounts for many of the surreal lyrics. John Linnell explains in a June 2018 podcast interview for Consequence of Sound's This Must Be the Gig:
The other thing we've been doing in [our live] show is projecting this video. I will tell you now—it's no longer a secret. The visual part of it is a music video from the 1980s of Aerosmith and Run-DMC performing the song "Walk This Way", but the music is completely different. It's just a song that we wrote that exactly matches the movements and the lips of the characters on screen, but is a completely new and different composition, called "Last Wave".
- The demo version of this song, later released on My Murdered Remains, is the one that syncs up with the "Walk This Way" music video. This studio version of the song, featured on I Like Fun, was a completely different recording made after, but released first.
- This song was first included in the downloadable Up To Date compilation on November 29, 2017, but was removed shortly after being made available. It was finally officially released on December 1, in advance of I Like Fun.
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Last Wave is currently ranked #79 out of 910. (97 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.94)