Mainstream U.S.A.

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song name Mainstream U.S.A.
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song, Power Of Dial-A-Song, Free When You Call From Work, Then: The Earlier Years
year 1997
run time 1:15
sung by John Flansburgh


  • Flansburgh: "It's been a pinata for the band ever since a producer told us it was an example of how obtuse and unlistenable our material can be." (ICE Newsletter, 1996)
  • "Back Off Boogaloo" is a 1972 single by Ringo Starr.
  • "We Are The World" is a song from 1985 that raised over $50 million for famine relief.
  • Features John Linnell on the free-hand acoustic guitar.
  • Some Dial-A-Song recordings of this song are extended, featuring a stripped back, spoken-word repeat of the first verse, and another repeat of the chorus.
  • John Flansburgh called this song "weird" in the April 8th, 1987 issue of the Indianapolis Star.[1]

Song Themes

Geography, Guy Songs, Letters Of The Alphabet, Microtones, Reading, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Swear Words


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