Chess Piece Face
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|song name||Chess Piece Face|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||They Might Be Giants, Then: The Earlier Years|
|first played||February 25, 1989 (62 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
- In an interview with The Daily Collegian on October 27th, 1987, John Flansburgh stated that the song was inspired by his experience with a coworker at a book publishing company:
This guy I worked with had Elephant Man's disease. It really affected me, because I could barely stand to look at him. I tried to wonder what his life would be like. Everything he does is defined by his appearance. The song came out of that wondering, though it's not exactly about him. It's the closest thing to a sincere, sad song on the album.
- When asked on Twitter in 2017 if Flansburgh ever found out what happened to Chess Piece Face, he replied "no one knows" as Flansburgh left that job in 1984.
- In the comments of an October 2017 TMBG Facebook post, John Flansburgh commented that the song's title "was an abstract way to describe a disfiguring disease."
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Chess Piece Face is currently ranked #717 out of 910. (102 wikians have given it an average rating of 7.41)