Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love
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|song name||Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Flood, Don't Let's Start (EP) [Elektra 7" Re-issue], Flood + Apollo 18|
|first played||February 24, 1989 (59 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh; John Linnell sings very prominent harmony|
- The title of this song comes from the 24-second instrumental track "Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love" by Mahavishnu Orchestra, from their 1973 album Birds of Fire. TMBG's song could be referencing Mahavishnu Orchestra bandleader John McLaughlin with the lyric "John, I've been bad," though it may also be self-referential.
- From a 2009 Rolling Stone interview:
- Flansburgh: "This was a track we reworked for Flood. The sounds are very cool, but it's quite a production. We also used to do this song as a duo, and that version had a nice simplicity to it."
- Linnell: "I thought it would be good to expand on the [identical] title of a very short instrumental Mahavishnu Orchestra album cut from the '70s. 'Bullets of love' is a funnily dissonant idea. That was a few years before the Sex Pistols arrived."
- TMBG's fake TMBG cover band, Sapphire Bullets, take their name from this song.
- In live performances, John and John have been known to sing "Here come the bullets of pure love" at the end.
- In 2020, TMBG debuted a new version of this song called "Stilloob", which is the entire original song sung and played backwards.
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