Greek Number Three
|song name||Greek #3|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Then: The Earlier Years, Selections From Then|
|sung by||John Linnell|
- This version of "Number Three" is sung entirely in Greek. In a 2008 interview with Stay Thirsty Media, John Linnell explained, "I tried to learn Greek, but my Greek just stinks. So, I learned enough to be able to very roughly pronounce some of the words, but I never really learned how to speak Greek." According to the liner notes of Then: The Earlier Years:
The Greek pronunciation in Greek #3 by Mr. Linnell (who claims to be one-eighth Hellenic) was characterized by one Greek native as "crappy."
- In this version, the narrator buys himself a bağlama instead of a silver guitar.
- Although it does not appear on this recording, They Might Be Giants also created a traditionally Greek-styled backing track for "Number Three". The backing track was occasionally used in concert for live performances of "Number Three" (in English) in the 1980s and at several Then-themed shows in 1997.
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