Sold My Mind To The Kremlin
|song name||Sold My Mind to the Kremlin|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Dial-A-Song (2015), Phone Power|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
- John Flansburgh provided some background on the writing and production of this song in a March 2015 A.V. Club interview :
I have been working on a song that we're putting together for this collaboration with Kimya Dawson called "The Fourth Of July." It'll be out before the Fourth Of July, I hope.
I was actually rewriting the chorus part of it. Kimya's part is this long sort of... I don't even know how to describe it. It's sort of this rattly, long-winded verse that has a lot of really interesting, odd imagery in it. And then there's a chorus that's sort of set up like a rap song, really. It's got this colorful set of ideas and then there's a hooky chorus. And I'm trying to figure out how to make the chorus actually hookier. So I've been rewriting that. I actually got up very early to work on that. I've got it all cued up. I think it's actually going to be better.
We made a demo and I sent it to Kimya, and she's going to record her vocals momentarily, and I have the tracks to the demo sort of set up, and I basically just excised the chorus as it existed in the structure of the song and now I'm going back and filling it in. We work on computers, so there's a flexibility in how you can demo a song that we take full advantage of.
- Shortly after the song was released, Flansburgh clarified that the song wasn't finished in time for its June 1 release, and "had to get posted demo-style".
- Though much of this song consists of relatively unrelated references and non-sequiturs, Ronald Reagan did indeed close hospitals for the mentally ill.
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