Untitled

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song name Untitled
artist They Might Be Giants
releases The Frank O' Toole Show, (She Was A) Hotel Detective (EP), Don't Let's Start (LP), Miscellaneous T, Then: The Earlier Years
year 1987
run time 2:33
sung by "Gloria" and a male friend


Trivia/Info

Back when very few people called Dial-A-Song the phone machine that played the songs took messages. I came home one day and found the message tape full, instead of the ten or twenty messages it usually had. I rewound the tape and found that most of it was taken up by a woman who had called on a conference call with her friend, listened to the song and then proceeded to have a private conversation unaware that the Dial-A-Song machine was recording them. The recording on track thirteen is just an excerpt of the first couple of minutes of their conversation. It actually got much stranger, but it was unrelated to the band, and too freaky to put on a record.
  • The track is just an excerpt of Gloria's phone call. Highlights of the conversation include Gloria asking her male friend to explain his theory of "how he can make money off this stuff, cause it don't make no sense," and Gloria calling out to a Russian-sounding man who replies to her asking "Who's There May Be Giants?" by saying back, "Vut are you tukking about?"
  • The band has consistently stated that Gloria's identity remains a mystery to them. However, Flansburgh has confirmed the call came from a 718 or 212 area code[1].
  • The ominous backing music was described[2] by Flansburgh:
It is from the Southern Library of Recorded Music[3]. It was what used to be called "needle drop" music (before that term became redefined to mean the OPPOSITE of it's original meaning) which is to say it was license-free background music made for television, film or commercials. The libraries, cut to vinyl, were often quite expensive—pro-rated for production houses. They covered a lot of ground, from symphonic to "beat combos" to electronic music (often relying on art composers in that field). John and I bought a bunch of these records at a junk store across the street from our apartment on DeKalb Avenue, and used them essentially for their intended purpose. I still have them, and peruse them on occasion for a possible sampling sessions every now and then.

Song Themes

Bad English, Children, Dial-A-Song Reference, Geography, Guy Songs, Intros, Language, Non-John Vocals, Questions, Songs With Samples, Talking, Not Singing, Telecommunication

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