|song name||Another Weirdo|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Dial-A-Song (2015), More Murdered Remains|
- The saxophone in this song is played by Stan Harrison.
- The video for this song was directed by John Linnell.
- John Flansburgh spoke about the song in a 2015 interview:
Instrumentals are an interesting problem for us, because a lot of times I feel like the things that make the songs seem bolder are often found in the way we approach lyrics and the way we set up the vocal parts. This gets to a big issue for us, which is how much we want to keep it sounding original. When you’re working with really great musicians, there are a lot of different stylistic things that are available to you. [...] So the question we always have is: how do we avoid making something a pastiche, and how do we keep the arrangement crisp?
A track like “Another Weirdo” is a bit of a tightrope walk for us, because the musicality of the track is very much idiomatically this kind of easy surfer jazz. It’s a pretty specific vibe, and it’s not a very rockin’ vibe. I’m not even sure how successful a track it is, because we could have made it stranger, and it would have fit our general setup. But the truth is that it has a very bold melody and it felt right to support it with that set of sounds. I think some people would just hear it and think it’s some kind of soft jazz thing, and I have misgivings about that. But I don’t want to be a slave to first perceptions.
It gave us an opportunity to work with Stan Harrison, who’s one of the best saxophone players you’ll ever experience. Listening to Stan Harrison warm up is better than half of the concerts I’ve been to in my life.
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