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|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Long Tall Weekend, Non LP Tracks, Boss Of Me (Single) [UK / Australian Release], Music From Malcolm In The Middle (Promo), They Got Lost, TMBG Clock Radio|
|first played||March 21, 1996 (12 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
- From tmbg.com:
A cool song that fell between the cracks. This song features the sound of the Mellotron (actually from a sampler) that was a primitive version of sampling created in the '60s. The "horn section" is actually created by playing a chord on an electronic keyboard, but instead of a piano or organ sound you get the sound of a saxophone, or in this case, the sound of a very old-fashioned, melodramatic, vibrato-laded sax with a tone more from the '40s than from the '60s when it was recorded.
- In an interview with Newspeak, a WPI student newspaper (pp. 6-7), John Flansburgh talks about the making of this song:
I've sort of been the male lead in some songs that seem like they need a more straight-ahead voice, because John's voice is more... really like he always is John Linnell, whereas I think my voice has got more of an anonymous general male tenor quality to it... There's a song that's going to be on this live album called "Reprehensible" that's very croony. John sang the demo, and it sounds really good, but it also sounds very much like him. And when I sing it, it sounds a little more anonymous. And it seems like that's what the song called for. In a way, John's voice has got so much built-in character, that sometimes I feel like I'm Art Garfunkel, I can do the official "tenor-guy" pretty voice thing when John wants it that way.
- From the Summer 1999 Info Club newsletter: "A swanky ballad with wall-to-wall horns about the most reprehensible fellow one could imagine. Features a Linnell clarinet solo."
- The recording of this song on Long Tall Weekend was first present on the leaked cassette known as The Complete Factory Showroom Sessions in 1996.
- Appears in the Malcolm In The Middle episodes "Red Dress," "Malcolm Babysits," and "Francis Escapes".
Age, Body Parts, Criminal Activities, Evil, Forgetting, Remembering, History, Loneliness, Mind Control, Hypnotism, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, Plans, Recursion, Religion, Swing Feel, Traded Tracks
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Reprehensible is currently ranked #145 out of 910. (96 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.80)