McCafferty's Bib

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Music video for "McCafferty's Bib"

song name McCafferty's Bib
artist They Might Be Giants
releases I Like Fun, Dial-A-Song (2018)
year 2018
run time 2:35
sung by John Linnell

People march with portraits of Bob Hope and Chairman Mao


  • Video directed by Paul Sahre and Evan Pokrandt.
  • In April 2018, John Linnell discussed this song in The Newtown Bee[1], saying:
I think there's only one point of reference that is not perfectly obvious in that song, which is a reference to a work of art by Öyvind Fahlström. He did this wonderful thing in the mid-'60s where he filmed a bunch of people walking down the street with huge placards of Chairman Mao and Bob Hope (laughing) which I think Flansburgh and I both really latched onto. It had an enormous influence over our stage design, which was sort of like Citizen Kane with these huge black and white photos. So the song makes a reference to that 'marching down the street with Bob Hope.' But otherwise it remains a willfully cryptic song. There's no real explanation for what McCafferty's Bib really is. It sounds like a euphemism or a reference to some occult thing. [...] It's just sort of a spooky reference to something for which there is no reference on the internet... it's an un-knowable thing. And that's really what the song is about, I guess.

Song Themes

Cities, Colors, Drugs, Hands, Heads, In Back, Mathematics, Music, Numbers, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, People (Real)


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