Sold My Mind To The Kremlin

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Music video for "Sold My Mind To The Kremlin"
Alternate artwork from Dial-A-Song Direct

song name Sold My Mind to the Kremlin
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song (2015), Phone Power
year 2015
run time 2:05
sung by John Flansburgh


  • John Flansburgh provided some background on the writing and production of this song in a March 2015 A.V. Club interview[1]:
I have been working on a song that we're putting together for this collaboration with Kimya Dawson called "The Fourth Of July." It'll be out before the Fourth Of July, I hope.

I was actually rewriting the chorus part of it. Kimya's part is this long sort of... I don't even know how to describe it. It's sort of this rattly, long-winded verse that has a lot of really interesting, odd imagery in it. And then there's a chorus that's sort of set up like a rap song, really. It's got this colorful set of ideas and then there's a hooky chorus. And I'm trying to figure out how to make the chorus actually hookier. So I've been rewriting that. I actually got up very early to work on that. I've got it all cued up. I think it's actually going to be better.

We made a demo and I sent it to Kimya, and she's going to record her vocals momentarily, and I have the tracks to the demo sort of set up, and I basically just excised the chorus as it existed in the structure of the song and now I'm going back and filling it in. We work on computers, so there's a flexibility in how you can demo a song that we take full advantage of.

  • Shortly after the song was released, Flansburgh clarified that the song wasn't finished in time for its June 1 release, and "had to get posted demo-style".[2]
  • Though much of this song appears to consist of relatively unrelated references and non-sequiturs, Ronald Reagan did indeed close hospitals for the mentally ill.[3][4]

Song Themes

Clothes, Holidays, Jail And Imprisonment, Medical, Music, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, People (Imaginary), People (Real), Presidents, Telecommunication, Transportation


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