1964 World's Fair

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The 1964 World's Fair in NYC
Screenshot from the music video for "Don't Let's Start", filmed at the former fair site

A particular area of interest for John Linnell and John Flansburgh is the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, which they both actually attended as young children and "remember fondly."[1].

Songs that refer to the fair directly[edit]

  • Ana Ng - "All alone at the '64 World's Fair / Eighty dolls yelling 'Small Girl After All'"

Songs that may refer to attractions at the World's Fair[edit]

  • Birdhouse in Your Soul - The Longines Symphonette, among other things, was a watch produced for the fair.
  • Cowtown - Roosevelt Avenue is a major street giving access to the '64 World's Fair site.
  • Don't Let's Start - The video was made at the former fair site in Queens, New York.
  • Purple Toupee - Johnson's Wax had a pavilion; the song also refers to "Expo 67", the World's Fair in Montreal, Canada.
  • There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow - Theme song of the Carousel of Progress, an attraction Walt Disney developed for the fair.

Honorable mention[edit]

  • A UK release of the "Ana Ng" single featured the observation towers on the cover.
  • Idlewild - Steeplechase Park featured attractions inspired by past World's Fairs.

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