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song name Twisting
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
year 1990
first played November 25, 1989 (694 known performances)
run time 1:56
sung by John Flansburgh


  • 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.
  • Flans: "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." (from a Rolling Stone interview)
  • Used in a commercial to advertise The WB series Modern Men, as well as a British Pizza Hut commercial in the early 2000s.

Song Themes

Animals, Death, Egoism And Pretentiousness, Funny But Sad, Love Gone Sour, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Screaming, Songs Used In Commercials, Songs With Handclaps


  • Watch it on Youtube.png - Live on JBTV, 1994

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