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The Mesopotamians

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Music video for "The Mesopotamians"
"The Mesopotamians" design, T-shirt back

song name The Mesopotamians
artist They Might Be Giants
releases The Else, They Might Be Highlights From The Else, Them Ain't Big Eye Ants, Idlewild
year 2007
first played May 3, 2007 (307 known performances)
run time 2:57
sung by John Linnell

Trivia/Info

  • Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh are all famous Mesopotamians. A Mohenjo-daren is someone from Mohenjo-daro, a city belonging to an ancient civilization in modern-day Pakistan that was contemporaneous with Bronze Age Mesopotamia.
  • This song originally existed as a demo produced with the intention of release alongside a picture book for children, much like Bed, Bed, Bed and Kids Go!. However, the project never came together, so Linnell modified the lyrics and the song was recorded instead for The Else.
  • Much like "The Mesopotamians", TMBG toured during the Lincoln and Flood era in two white Ford Econoline vans, dubbed "Milli" and "Vanilli" by TMBG.Myspace [1]
  • Sargon plays guitar left-handed, just like Flansy.
  • The bridge lyrics "I thought that you were dead, I thought you crashed your car / No, man, I've been right here this whole time playing bass guitar" refer to the rumor that Paul McCartney of The Beatles had died in a car accident in 1966 and was secretly replaced in the Beatles by a look-alike.
  • A T-shirt featuring the four characters from this song was added to the TMBG Merchandise Store on July 10, 2007, to coincide with The Else's CD release.
  • A short animated teaser for the Mesopotamians video featuring the characters from the T-shirt, entitled "Mesopotamians Now", was posted on YouTube and theymightbegiants.com on July 30, 2007. The clip uses dialog sampled from the 1979 film Apocalypse Now. A follow-up video entitled "After the Audition" was posted to theymightbegiants.com on August 24, which sampled dialog from The Monkees TV series episode "Find The Monkees (The Audition)", which first aired in 1967. The music video, directed by David Cowles and animated by Chris Timmons, was finally released on October 2 on stereogum.com.

Song Themes

Accidents, Death, Food, Hair, History, Music, People (Real), Swear Words, Tongue-Twisters, Trade Names, Transportation

Videos

  • Watch it on Youtube.png - The Mesopotamians official music video
  • Watch it on Youtube.png - Live performance on Late Night with Craig Ferguson.
  • Watch it on Youtube.png - TMBGs last East coast performance on Conan O'Brien
  • Watch it on Youtube.png - The Mesopotamians teaser: "Mesopotamians Now"
  • Watch it on Youtube.png - The Mesopotamians teaser: "After the Audition"

Available for Purchase[edit]

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MP3
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AAC 99¢ Purchase
MP3 99¢ Purchase

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