Youth Culture Killed My Dog

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song name Youth Culture Killed My Dog
artist They Might Be Giants
releases They Might Be Giants, Then: The Earlier Years, Best Of The Early Years
year 1986
first played December 28, 1985 (26 known performances)
run time 2:51
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell sings some back-up


  • Flansburgh has said he wrote this song while riding his bike through Brooklyn.
  • The 1985 Demo Tape version of this song featured a searing electric guitar, which was replaced by an acoustic guitar for the album version due to track constraints. "To this day we can't remember why we did that, but it's too late to go back and change it." - John & John
  • In an interview appearing in the December 1985 issue of Spin, Flansburgh said:
Look at our song 'Youth Culture Killed My Dog.' It isn't about whether we feel we're on the inside track or the outside track. It's about the horrible feeling you get from other people telling you you're on the outside track. That's the whole point of scene—all these things are meant to make people feel bad. That's the problem.
The version of "Youth Culture" on the Pink Album was the fourth time that song was recorded! That's unusual; most of the ones on that record were the third time they were recorded. Actually, if you consider Dial-A-Song, it could be one more version. Usually there would be a Dial-A-Song version, and then some other ones.
  • Flansburgh claims that Elvis Costello cited this as one of his favorite They Might Be Giants songs. (Costello came close to producing Apollo 18.)

Song Themes

Animals, Colors, Death, Fade Out, Games, Mind Control, Hypnotism, Music, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Violence


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