Your Own Worst Enemy

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song name Your Own Worst Enemy
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song, Factory Showroom, John Henry + Factory Showroom
year 1996
first played August 14, 1996 (49 known performances)
run time 1:45
sung by John Linnell


Trivia/Info

In a sense, the sound of this track harkens back to the earliest They Might Be Giants recordings. All the percussion is from a tiny Yamaha sound module. The bass is a cello plucked by Mr. Garo Yellin. The words, which visit the themes of depression, alcoholism, and self-destruction, are the original products of our own imaginations, although the chorus makes fleeting reference to a popular soft-rock song from the '70's: 'Precious and few are the moments we two can share.'
  • From the tmbg.com Q&A with John Linnell: "Most of the sounds come from a small, inexpensive box made by Yamaha called the MU5. It's something I carry around with me. The MIDI stuff on my "House of Mayors" recording was recorded with the MU5 and a laptop computer in a summer house in upstate New York."
  • Sonny Geraci, singer in the seventies band Climax, is "that guy with the messed up face." Logically enough, the song referenced in "Your Own Worst Enemy" is called "Precious and Few."

Song Themes

Aversion To Work, Body Parts, Doors, Drinking, Drinking Glasses, Guy Songs, Insanity, Kingdom Of Loathing Reference, Music, People (Real)

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