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|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Flood, Twisting (Promo), Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, Flood + Apollo 18, 50,000,000 They Might Be Giants Songs Can't Be Wrong|
|first played||November 25, 1989 (697 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
I still get a certain joy from observing things from modern life that aren't part of other generations' lives. "Twisting" actually mentions a couple of fairly obscure rock bands like the Young Fresh Fellows. But, to me, that makes it a more authentic song. It's about a very particular kind of relationship, about breaking up the records—it's not a divorce. It's about people who live in apartments; it's not some grand projection of man and woman figures breaking up. We live in a rock culture, and it's just a realistic reflection of that. When you talk about living today, that's the backdrop.
- Flansburgh in Rolling Stone in 2009:
This piece of farfisa [organ] rock is directly influenced by the bands it references. The Young Fresh Fellows from Seattle are a group whose happy, sad-sack sensibility we probably related to, and the dB's were one of the great under-recognized bands of the New York scene we started with, and their great song 'Amplifier' is a more melodramatic iteration of the same idea.
- At some point during the creation of this song, Alan Bezozi accidentally deleted the entire drum track, much to Flansburgh's dismay.
- "Twist in the wind" is an English idiom that means to be left hanging or without support in an uncomfortable situation. It is a reference to a hanged body, which would twist in the wind.
- This song was used in a commercial to advertise the 2006 WB series Modern Men, as well as a British Pizza Hut commercial in the early 2000s.
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