Whistling In The Dark
|song name||Whistling in the Dark|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Flood, Flood + Apollo 18|
|first played||November 25, 1989 (298 known performances)|
|sung by||John Linnell|
- On most live versions of the song, John Flansburgh discards his guitar (usually during the accordion solo of the previous song, "Hearing Aid") and picks up a large chest-mounted bass drum, which he strikes zealously through the song.
- "The bass drum sound was something we actually worked on for quite a while in the studio and we weren't so happy with it even in the end — but I think in our imaginations even an atomic blast would have been too small. We actually recorded it and possibly sampled it so we could retrigger the biggest sound." - John Flansburgh in a 2009 Rolling Stone interview
- Linnell commented in a 2009 Rolling Stone interview, "I thought it would be funny if there were two guys who have a seemingly brief, hostile interaction and the camera pulls back and they're in jail together. Bear in mind, if you insist on interpreting the words to this peculiar song, that the narrator is comfortable and capable in the role of being what he's like. However, as the wise men say, an 'is' is not an 'ought.'"
Criminal Activities, Fade Out, Heads, Jail And Imprisonment, Mind Control, Hypnotism, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, Problems With Liner Notes, Tongue-Twisters, Violence
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