In Fact

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Music video for "In Fact"

song name In Fact
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Join Us
year 2011
run time 2:20
sung by John Flansburgh


  • In April 2011, Flansburgh posted a video[1] of Curt Ramm laying down some trumpet work for this track to Twitter.
  • Marty Beller told Modern Drummer about unconventional drumming techniques used in the recording of Join Us. In reference to this song, he said, "I had two sticks in each hand and played the side of the floor tom to give a more traditional snare 'train' groove additional flavor."[2]
  • The music video for the song is just two minutes (and 24 seconds) of the 1926 Dadaist short film Anémic Cinéma by Marcel Duchamp. The spinning phrases are French puns. In order they are:
    • "Bains de gros thé pour grains de beauté sans trop de bengué." ("Baths in course tea for beauty marks without too much Ben-Gay.")
    • "L'enfant qui tète est un souffleur de chair chaude et n'aime pas le chou-fleur de serre-chaude." ("The child who suckles is a hot-flesh blower and doesn't like hot-house cauliflower.")
    • "Si je te donne un sou, me donneras-tu une paire de ciseaux?" ("If I give you a penny will you give me a pair of scissors?")
    • "On demande des moustiques domestiques (demi-stock) pour la cure d'azote sur la côte d'azur." ("One demands domestic mosquitos (half-stock) for the nitrogen cure on the Azur.")
    • "Inceste ou passion de famille, à coups trop tirés." ("Incest or family passion, with too many drawn blows.")
    • "Esquivons les ecchymoses des Esquimaux aux mots exquis." ("Let us dodge the bruises of Eskimos in exquisite words.")
    • "Avez-vous déjà mis la moëlle de l'épée dans le poêle de l'aimée?" ("Have you already put the marrow of the sword in the stove of the beloved?")
    • The video edits out the sequence with the line: "Parmi nos articles de quincaillerie par essence, nous recommandons le robinet qui s'arrête de couler quand on ne l'écoute pas." ("Among our articles of lazy hardware, we recommend the faucet which stops dripping when no one is listening to it.")
    • "L'aspirant habite Javel et moi j'avais l'habite en spirale." ("The aspirant lives in Javel and me I lived in a spiral-shaped abode.")

Song Themes

Animals, Clothes, Colors, Denial, Fire, Funny But Sad, Games, Intelligence, Espionage, Lies And Deception, Music, Questions, School


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