Critic Intro

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song name Critic Intro
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Then: The Earlier Years
year 1997
first played February 14, 1997 (21 known performances)
run time 1:38
sung by John Flansburgh recites the testimonial quotes; John Linnell dubs the remainder


  • This was used to introduce some of the band's live shows in the '80s. Flansburgh: "It sounds like pull-quotes on the back of a book describing how great it is. At the time, it was something that warmed up crowds of complete strangers. It's basically a minute and a half of comedy." (ICE Newsletter, 1996)
  • Some of the music used in this intro comes from the 1964 animated TV series Gigantor. It can be heard in the first episode, "Struggle at the South Pole!". The same song was also used in the Kitten Intro.
  • The four critics' names are actually the four regular panelists on To Tell the Truth in the 1960s.
  • John Flansburgh mentioned that this intro and the Kitten Intro were performed using masks in 1988.[1]

Song Themes

Friendship, History, Intros, People (Real), Science, Self-Reference, Talking, Not Singing


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Critic Intro is currently ranked #331 out of 910. (22 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.45)