S-E-X-X-Y

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song name S-E-X-X-Y
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Factory Showroom, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, John Henry + Factory Showroom, 50,000,000 They Might Be Giants Songs Can't Be Wrong
year 1996
first played March 14, 1996 (297 known performances)
run time 3:51
sung by John Flansburgh


Trivia/Info

The opening track, and first single, is a pretty big departure for us, as it is our first ode to getting it on. Written with Iggy Pop's bassist Hal Cragin, and featuring a horn and string arrangement by TMBG road veteran Kurt Hoffman (also known for his work with The Ordinaires) this track spotlights Eric's phenomenal playing over a very fine groove laid down by Brian, Hal and percussionist Sue Hadjopoulos.

I never thought about the fact that the cookie lyric could be taken as an, um, anatomical reference? I actually was thinking in that lyric about, um, you know eating in bed! Decadent, you know, as the purest expression of good time/getting it on that you'd just be eating a cookie. Whether it's like Chips Ahoy or something else, it's about actually eating a cookie. It's single entendre.

In a lot of cases I feel like even when we're trying to write things as directly as possible, they end up sounding like they're filled with coded messages. Even the title of that song, if we had thought about it or worked on it longer or thought about it in a smarter way, the song would actually be called "S-E-X-X-X-Y"! Because the just, "S-E-X-X-Y" makes people wonder if it's like an extra chromosome. Which again is something that really didn't cross my mind until the song, like, is this about some kind of transgender German swimming team thing? Which is fine, it totally fits the spirit of the song in a way but it's so much more specific than the intention. That's the terrain of writing lyrics—they're open-ended whether you like it or not.

Song Themes

Artificial Body Parts, Clothes, Food, Gender Issues, Heads, Intelligence, Espionage, Letters Of The Alphabet, Medical, Music, Plans, Precious Metal, Puns, Questions, Self-Reference, Sex, Talking, Not Singing

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