Don't I Have The Right?
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|song name||Don't I Have the Right?|
|releases||Unsupervised, TMBG Clock Radio|
|sung by||Nancy Lynn Howell|
- The original demo for this song was recorded for the performance art group Watchface piece "More Songs of Desire and Despair", which was performed by Iris Rose from April to May 1987. It also featured songs written by Joshua Fried and John Linnell.
- John Flansburgh, from monopuff.org:
I wrote this song a couple of years ago for performance artist Iris Rose's Torch Song show at La Mama. It is a radical departure, even for this record, but Nancy Lynn Howell's beautiful vocal brings the song to life.
- Nancy Lynn Howell, who provides lead vocals on this track, is married to Mark Lerner. In 1989, Mark and Nancy's first date was at a Maudlins show at John Linnell's apartment The Quiet Life in Brooklyn, for which he opened, performing early renditions of some of his State Songs.
- San Francisco-based singer Connie Champagne recorded a cover of this song for her 1991 Heyday Records album La Strada. The liner notes attribute the song to They Might Be Giants with a 1991 copyright, with Connie's description: "John F. tells me this is a torch song."
- Though the versions mentioned above are all downtempo ballads, Flansburgh also once recorded a fast-paced upbeat version for Dial-A-Song.
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