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Purple Toupee

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Music video for "Purple Toupee"
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song name Purple Toupee
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Lincoln, Lincoln Sampler, Purple Toupee (EP), Then: The Earlier Years, Best Of The Early Years, Direct From Brooklyn, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity
year 1988
first played November 12, 1986 (120 known performances)
run time 2:40
sung by John Linnell; John Flansburgh sings back up vocals during the chorus, and sings lead on the bridge.

Trivia/Info

  • John Linnell: "['Purple Toupee' uses] a couple of Prince songs as a springboard, 'Purple Rain' and 'Raspberry Beret'. I guess part of the idea was that, at the time, it seemed like there was this 60s revival in the works. It reminded me of all the other revivals that had taken place that were reviving times that I wasn't around for. They must have been complete shams based on what the 60s revival was. It seemed like it was based on this utterly one-dimensional caricature of the time that it was supposed to [be] representing or reviving. That still goes on now. That's sort of what 'Purple Toupee' is about." - In Their Own Words
  • On the Lincoln Sampler, there is a stray accordion note in the right channel at the very end of the song.
  • Al Stewart has a song called "Red Toupee." After performing it in a concert on July 18, 1999, he said, "That song was going to be part of a concept album about toupees. They Might Be Giants have a song called 'Purple Toupee', and we're just looking for another 10 songs and then we can release it."
  • The Nelories, who released a CD for the Hello CD Of The Month Club, released a song (intended to be a tribute to this song) called "Hell Toupee" on their EP Indie Pop Car Baby.
  • The music video for the song, directed by Helene Silverman, was filmed at Astroland Park on Coney Island in Brooklyn.
  • In the Nintendo GameCube game Custom Robo, there is a character that wears a purple toupee during the summer.

Song Themes

1964 World's Fair, Age, Artificial Body Parts, Cities, Clothes, Colors, Death, Forgetting, Remembering, History, I Am, Kingdom Of Loathing Reference, Precious Metal, Presidents, Puns, Reading, Size, Trade Names

Videos

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Available for Purchase[edit]

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MP3 99¢ Purchase
AAC 99¢ Purchase
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Purple Toupee is currently ranked #26 out of 768. (145 wikians have given it an average rating of 9.09)