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|song name||Complete Paranoia|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Direct From Brooklyn (DVD), Podcast 6C (only partially played), Podcast 47|
|sung by||John Flansburgh, backed up by John Linnell|
- This track "pretends" to be the audio for "Snail Shell" on the Direct From Brooklyn DVD, and makes direct references to the video in its lyrics. It can be heard by listening to the audio commentary track for "Snail Shell". An instrumental version with an interesting vocal arrangement of the tune also can be heard on the commentary track at the end of the DVD during the video credits. Flansburgh addressed this on Tumblr in 2022:
We did record the song at the audio commentary session to spice things up. It was a very old song from our original repertoire, customized for its unusual placement.
- The song's refrain is a reference to a quote by infamous cult leader and convicted murderer Charles Manson in the June 1970 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Have you ever seen the coyote in the desert? Watching, tuned in, completely aware. Christ on the cross, the coyote in the desert — it’s the same thing, man. The coyote is beautiful. He moves through the desert delicately, aware of everything, looking around. He hears every sound, smells every smell, sees everything that moves. He’s in a state of total paranoia, and total paranoia is total awareness.
- The chorus of this song is a parody of the Chock full o'Nuts jingle, originally written in the 1950s by Bernie Wayne and Bruce Silbert. Listen here. Compare:
- At 1:58, the second occurrence of "Doesn't take a millionaire to see", Flans starts saying "Better hide your silverware under the ground", but corrects himself, resulting in "Better hake a millionaire to see".
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Complete Paranoia is currently ranked #510 out of 910. (29 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.07)