Absolutely Bill's Mood

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song name Absolutely Bill's Mood
artist They Might Be Giants
releases They Might Be Giants, Don't Let's Start (EP) [Elektra Re-issue], Then: The Earlier Years, Giants Jubilee
year 1986
first played July 8, 1992 (23 known performances)
run time 2:38
sung by John Flansburgh


  • The titular "Bill" is Bill Krauss, the band's early producer and live sound man. In 2015, he said of the song:
The song, written by Flansburgh, was originally titled "I'm Insane" and it was announced as such at many early shows. During the recording of the first album, John and John decided the name was too "on the nose" and retitled it. The attribution of my mood was most certainly related to my state of mind during the album mixdown sessions.
  • This song features the phoned-in guitar mastery of Eugene Chadbourne: "For the guitar solo... we put in a special long distance call to Greensboro, NC where Eugene Chadbourne had just put his kids to bed. To avoid disturbing them, he gently played his acoustic guitar into Dubway's [Dubway Studios, where they were doing additional recording and mixing] answering machine, without musical accompaniment or guide." - John & John
  • "Absolutely" in the title was inspired by Bob Dylan, who would occasionally add irrelevant, emphatic adverbs to his song titles (e.g., "Absolutely Sweet Marie", "Positively 4th Street", "Obviously 5 Believers").
  • As reported in the August 3, 1987 issue of New York magazine, the band threatened to sue the electronics chain Crazy Eddie because of a commercial they claimed used parts of "Mr. Me" and "Absolutely Bill's Mood." The band had been first approached by the company about using "Absolutely Bill's Mood" in a commercial, but the band declined the offer. Upon being turned down, Crazy Eddie's created their own sound-a-like, which led to the band threatening a lawsuit against the company. However, it appears that no actual lawsuit had taken place. [1] [2]

Song Themes

Gratitude, Insanity, Loneliness, Medical, Music, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Relatives, School, Sea, Size, Songs With Handclaps, Telecommunication, Title Not In Lyrics, Tongue-Twisters, Weather


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