|song name||Mr. Me|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||Lincoln, Then: The Earlier Years|
|first played||January 28, 1987 (97 known performances)|
|sung by||John Linnell, John Flansburgh harmonizes|
- As reported in the Aug. 3, 1987 issue of New York magazine, the band threatened to sue the electronics chain Crazy Eddie because of a commercial they claimed used parts of "Mr. Me" and "Absolutely Bill's Mood." The band was originally offered by Crazy Eddie to feature their songs in April 1987, but the band declined the offer. More information about the original offer was published in the Daily News:
About two weeks ago, they approached rock-'n'-roll madmen, They Might Be Giants to capture the Crazy Eddie Zeitgeist in lyric and song.
All two of TMBG gave careful consideration to the Crazy Eddie proposition, says their manager Jamie Kitman. "The offer was insanely generous." But the time's just not right for John Flansburgh and John Linnell to be writing catchy jingles that include the words, "His prices are insane," "meet and beat" any price, and a list of locations, says Kitman. Indeed, TMBG is just breaking into the big time. Their album is getting great reviews, their video is in heavy rotation on MTV. Crazy Eddie declined comment.
- This song dates back to at least 1985, with the song having its earliest known mention in an article from the September 1985 issue of Oh No! Noho!.
- A live performance of this song was filmed at The Lone Star and can be found in the special features of Gigantic. This version is slightly different from the album version as it has a faster tempo and a different bass track and drum track.
- Watch it on - 1987 performance taped by Joy Farm (from the Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) DVD)
- Watch it on – Recorded live on July 1, 2006
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Mr. Me is currently ranked #69 out of 910. (137 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.96)