Rhythm Section Want Ad (Demo)

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song name Rhythm Section Want Ad
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song, 1985 Promotional Demo Tape #3, 1985 Promotional Demo Tape #6, Bill Krauss Demos
year 1985
run time 2:45
sung by John Linnell


  • Less instrumentation than the final version on The Pink Album. Bass synth is more prominent, and rhythmic inflections are different in parts such as the "Hats as megaphones" line.
  • After the first "here's the reason why" is a crazy sound-sample-laden bridge demonstrating numerous samples preloaded on the Fairlight CMI, instead of the final's Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" adaptation. The same bridge can be heard (with additional commentary) in the live recording from the same year.
  • Although first released in 1985, this demo may have appeared on Dial-A-Song as early as 1984.[1]

Song Themes

Ads, Cartoons, Clothes, Drums, Love, Music, No, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, Poetry, Puns, Questions, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Rhymes, Self-Reference, Songs With Samples, Transportation


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