Metal Detector

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song name Metal Detector
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Factory Showroom, John Henry + Factory Showroom
year 1996
first played October 19, 1996 (35 known performances)
run time 3:50
sung by John Linnell; John Flansburgh does background harmony


Trivia/Info

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.
  • 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.

Song Themes

Animals, Beach, Everything, I Am, Kingdom Of Loathing Reference, Misanthropy, Precious Metal, Sea, Sports, Stories

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