Indian Ocean

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song name Indian Ocean
artist They Might Be Giants
releases TMBG Unlimited - August, (2000-2006), Podcast 51
year 2001
run time 2:45
sung by John Flansburgh and John Linnell


  • From TMBG Unlimited: "This 'difficult' piece of music from the early '80s find John and John at their Dekalb St. space singing into an electric fan. The influence of San Francisco art rockers / mysterions The Residents can be heard directly in this unusual song."
  • In 2014, Flansburgh revealed that playing cards and bicycle wheels were used for percussion effects on this song.[1]
  • In a 2000 interview for State Songs, John Linnell discussed ways he has come up with song ideas, briefly mentioning "Indian Ocean":[2]
I had started coming up with song titles in collect-'em-all sets, which Flansburgh and I had already experimented with when we recorded a song for each of the three oceans... way back before we made records.

Song Themes

Geography, Recursion, Sea, Tableware


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