Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2

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Music video for "Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2"

song name Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song (2015), Glean
year 2015
first played January 25, 2015 (107 known performances)
run time 3:10
sung by John Flansburgh


  • Premiered early on January 12, 2015 via The Gist podcast, though it was removed and replaced with "Madam, I Challenge You To A Duel" the following day. The proper premiere came on the January 26 episode, "Microsoft's Imperfect 10".[1]
  • In November of 2014, the band posted a 4-second video[2] of Rob Moose playing violin for this song. Moose has also collaborated with artists such as Burt Bacharach, Jay-Z, and Sufjan Stevens.
  • The music video for this song was directed by David Cowles, Jeremy Galante, and David Plunkert.[3]
  • Linnell described the clarinet usage here as "really fun". He used his "Selmer rosewood contra alto with a gigantic bell" that he played "sitting down while it rests on its peg".[4] The melody played on the clarinet is similar to a sped-up version of the clarinet backing accompaniment in "Cloisonné".

Song Themes

Dreams, Falsetto, Jail And Imprisonment, Music, Questions, Telephony, Time


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  • Watch it on Youtube.png - violin teaser

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