See The Constellation

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song name See the Constellation
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Apollo 18, Flood + Apollo 18
year 1992
first played July 21, 1992 (28 known performances)
run time 3:27
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell harmonizes on the chorus and outro


Trivia/Info

  • The "1, 2, 3, 4...4...4" etc. is a sample of a Dee Dee Ramone countoff.
  • The beginning guitar riff pays homage to "Pleasant Valley Sunday" by the Monkees.
  • The opening two lines echo the opening of the Warren Zevon song "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", though Flansburgh has stated, "The railroad track line was actually directly inspired by an imaginative promotional photo of another Elektra artist" he couldn't recall. He claimed "the contrary elements of the image really spoke to me."[1]
  • The song that is heard underneath the fade-out is Side 2 from Dial-A-Song. John Flansburgh said in 2012 when asked about this:
I am not positive, but I am guessing it's an unfinished track from that project called "I Miss Side Two" (that had already been scrubbed by the time the track was being mixed) and it was just folded in for psychedelic texture. But just listening to it now it's so timidly placed it almost sounds like an accident...
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic seems to be paying homage to this track on his song, "I Remember Larry." Similarities are especially noticeable in the chorus, which has an almost identical melody, as well as in the ending fadeout. Incidentally, the song is from his 1996 album, Bad Hair Day, which also contains the admitted TMBG style-parody, "Everything You Know Is Wrong."

Song Themes

Colors, Counting, Guy Songs, Heads, Kingdom Of Loathing Reference, Numbers, Questions, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Science, Screaming, Songs With Samples, Space

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