From This Might Be A Wiki
|song name||Metal Detector|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Factory Showroom, John Henry + Factory Showroom|
|first played||October 19, 1996 (38 known performances)|
|sung by||John Linnell|
Partly inspired by a zealous guidebook to buried treasure in coastal Maine, the perspective of "Metal Detector" is that beach recreation is frivolous compared to the serious business of treasure hunting. We dug up the dusty but still squawking MicroMoog synthesizer for many of the sounds on this track.
- John Linnell said on Studio 360 in 2003, "It's based on a book about finding buried treasure in Casco Bay, Maine, written by a complete crackpot, and he uses a metal detector."
- Based on Linnell's description, the song appears to have been inspired by the 1962 book Buried Treasure of Casco Bay by B.F. Kennedy, Jr, which describes "treasure hunting locations for the modern hunter armed with his metal detector." The book can be read freely online at Project Gutenberg.
- Linnell wrote the horn charts for this song.
- This song was played on MSNBC's "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" on February 13, 2006 accompanying a story that involved a drug arrest at a metal detector.
- The metal-detecting YouTuber Deep Digger Dan formerly used this as his opening and closing tune.
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Metal Detector is currently ranked #37 out of 910. (156 wikians have given it an average rating of 9.05)