Working Undercover For The Man
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|song name||Working Undercover for the Man|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Working Undercover For The Man (EP), Mink Car|
|first played||September 8, 1998 (71 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
- John Flansburgh, from bandoppler.com:
Well...I've always been kind of...it's more a meditation on the "Mod Squad" than anything else. The idea of the narc just seems...Like, those episodes of Dragnet where they have the young, undercover dress in a hippie suit. The whole thing about being in a band, you can almost think of everything as a costume. There's something artificial about it, but you've taken everything from street life, and then incorporated them into a stage show. There's nothing normal about being on stage. There's nothing true about being on stage. I guess the idea of rock music...people in the rock culture are so hung up on this notion of "authenticity" that it's painful. And I just thought that the idea of the guy in the band, you know, he's just a narc, was kind of exciting. It just revealed a larger potential lie. Like, maybe the guy in Soundgarden isn't really on the verge of total emotional collapse. Maybe he just thinks his hair looks really good today.
- Prior to the release of the studio version, this song was performed live with a different arrangement that was more of a nod to 1960s pop.
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