Minimum Wage

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song name Minimum Wage
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Flood, Birdhouse In Your Soul (EP) [European 12" EP], Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity, Flood + Apollo 18
year 1990
first played November 24, 2000 (106 known performances)
run time 0:47
sung by John Flansburgh


Trivia/Info

  • Roger Moutenot provides the whipcrack. On the mechanics of the sound, Flansburgh tells, "The wind sound of the whip coming from Linnell's decaying Moog synthesizer, and the actual crack sound created by a wet towel snapped in the air and some creative miking from Roger. He was kind of revealing his inner-jock with that move" (Rolling Stone, 2009).
  • This track is largely based on Frank Sinatra's cover of the Petula Clark hit "Downtown." At times, the backing track is almost completely identical to the Sinatra recording arranged by Nelson Riddle.
  • Used by Jake Fogelnest as the theme to his short-lived MTV show, Squirt TV.
  • This is also in the first episode of 30 Days, in which host Morgan Spurlock and his fiancée live and work on a minimum wage salary.
  • Briefly featured in an episode of British comedy radio series On the Hour.

Song Themes

Album Lead-Ins, Aversion To Work, Money, Occupations

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