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|song name||Metal Detector|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Factory Showroom, John Henry + Factory Showroom|
|first played||October 19, 1996 (35 known performances)|
|sung by||John Linnell; John Flansburgh does background harmony|
Partly inspired by a zealous guidebook to buried treasure in coastal Maine, the perspective of "Metal Detector" is that beach recreation is frivolous compared to the serious business of treasure hunting. We dug up the dusty but still squawking MicroMoog synthesizer for many of the sounds on this track.
- Linnell wrote the horn charts for this song.
- This song was apparently inspired by a vanity press book "written by a complete crackpot" about finding buried treasure in Maine by using a metal detector, according to John Linnell on Studio 360.
- This song was played on MSNBC's "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" on February 13, 2006 accompanying a story that involved a drug arrest at a metal detector.
- The metal-detecting YouTuber Deep Digger Dan formerly used this as his opening and closing tune.
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Metal Detector is currently ranked #41 out of 900. (150 wikians have given it an average rating of 9.04)