Madam, I Challenge You To A Duel
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|song name||Madam, I Challenge You to a Duel|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Dial-A-Song (2015), Glean|
|first played||January 10, 2015 (26 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
- In an interview with Grantland, Flansburgh said that "The entire conceit of the song is that it’s about an extremely formal person, like the kind of person that would challenge someone to a duel — only that the twist is that they are challenging a lady to a duel, which breaks every code of behavior in the world of dueling. This is not based on a personal experience of mine."
- A bumpkin is an uneducated individual, especially one from a rural background. In dueling, a second was an acquaintance of a dueling party whose role might include resolving a dispute without violence, ensuring fairness in a duel, or even engaging in a duel with a rival's second.
- The music video for this song was directed by William Shum of I Think We're Still Thinking, which would later also direct "Unpronounceable" and "The Velvet Ape". The video uses an animation technique called rotoscoping.
- This song debuted during a live in-studio performance on Michael Shelley's radio program on WFMU, and was released 3 days later on January 13, 2015 via Dial-A-Song Direct. The song was meant to premiere on Slate's The Gist on Monday, January 12, but "Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2" was mistakenly featured instead. The podcast was reuploaded the following day with "Madam, I Challenge You To A Duel" in place of "Music Jail".
- This song was tracked on October 21, 2014.
- Frequently during live performances of this song, Flansburgh asks the audience to hold up their cellphones to illuminate the band for the duration of the song. A similar request is often made during live performances of "Careful What You Pack".
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