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song name Celebration
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Join Us, Podcast 55
year 2011
first played September 8, 2011 (82 known performances)
run time 3:48
sung by John Flansburgh


  • Read about the pop culture references in this song on Wikipedia: Banksy, Anonymous, and Hieronymus Bosch.
  • John Flansburgh on the song (via Twitter): "It's a pretty impressionistic song. It wasn't written in a rehearsal hall, but it's kind of ABOUT writing in a rehearsal hall."
  • While recording the song, Marty Beller "slipped in" a drum fill in tribute to Phil Collins, who had recently announced retirement. A video of the drum fill was uploaded to YouTube on March 14, 2011. The fill can be heard at 3:30 in the song.
  • John Flansburgh says the bridge for this song is based on the Rolling Stones song "Emotional Rescue."
  • The intro is omitted when performing the song in live performances (The run time is reduced to 3:21).
  • Used in the episode "Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time" of the TV series Switched at Birth.

Song Themes

Criminal Activities, Money, Music, Parties, People (Real), Real Estate, Sports, Talking, Not Singing, Trade Names, Transportation


Current Rating

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Celebration is currently ranked #599 out of 910. (75 wikians have given it an average rating of 7.81)