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, it was stated that the song was inspired by John Flansburgh's experience with a co-worker at a book publishing company:
Flansburgh: 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.
- John Flansburgh also confirmed that the co-worker left his job in 1984.
- Rumors had suspected that the song could have been about his brother Paxus.
- 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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