Mr. Me

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song name Mr. Me
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Lincoln, Then: The Earlier Years
year 1988
first played March 1, 1985 (98 known performances)
run time 1:52
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.

  • A live performance of this song was filmed at the Lone Star in 1987 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.

Song Themes

Funny But Sad, People (Imaginary), Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, Puns, Sadness, Sea, Songs With Handclaps, Spanish, Titles And Honorifics


  • Watch it on Youtube.png - 1987 performance taped by Joy Farm (from the Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) DVD)
  • Watch it on Youtube.png – Recorded live on July 1, 2006

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