Sally Boy Candy Bar
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|song name||Sally Boy Candy Bar|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||1983 Demo Tape, TMBG Unlimited - July, DialASong.com (2000-2006), TMBG Clock Radio, Podcast 32A|
|first played||July 7, 1983 (2 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
- Recorded in 1983 for TMBG's first demo, according to the newsletter accompanying Podcast 32A.
- The first two lines echo the first two of "Boys" (Dixon/Farrell): "I've been told when a boy kiss a girl, take a trip around the world."
- The line "I've been told when a fish needs a bike" refers to the feminist adage "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle," originally said by Australian writer and activist Irina Dunn.
- "Circle gets the square" is a reference to the tic-tac-toe based game show Hollywood Squares. When the "O" (generally female) contestant answered a question correctly, the host of the show would say "Circle gets the square!"
- Flansburgh described the recording process for this song:
"Sally Boy Candy Bar was assembled the way a lot of our early tracks were—recorded on a TEAC 4 track probably three individual tracks of drums played individually (thumb on a mic as a kick, or the moog as kick) real hi hat or a moog hat) and a real snare played by John L. in that case. We had bongos and they came into the mix a lot. Everything was then bounced down to one track, and the[n] we added bass and possibly an additional synth sound."
- Flansburgh has also expressed regret that this song never made it onto a proper album, and was rarely played live.
- In 2023, Flansburgh explained that the song's title came from a shop name in Chinatown, NY.
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