The Famous Polka

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song name The Famous Polka
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Don't Let's Start (EP), Don't Let's Start (LP), Miscellaneous T, Then: The Earlier Years, Selections From Then
year 1987
first played June 23, 1987 (489 known performances)
run time 1:33
sung by John Flansburgh; John Linnell


Trivia/Info

  • When played at a 1992 show in Milwaukee, WI, the venue's stage collapsed after about 75 people started dancing on it. Right before the song, Flans told the audience, "We would like to ask you for this one brief moment to disregard the fire laws. Feel free to just... come on up, and help us out with the Famous... Polka."
  • Originally called "The Phone Inside A Ribcage Polka," according to Flans on the Frank O'Toole Show.
  • In most live performances, the vocals are often omitted at the end, save for the "Hey!"s.

Song Themes

Colors, Hair, Letters Of The Alphabet, Not In 4-4 Time, Size, Telecommunication, Title Not In Lyrics

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