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song name Spy
artist They Might Be Giants
releases John Henry, Stumpbox, John Henry + Factory Showroom
year 1994
first played April 21, 1993 (520 known performances)
run time 3:06
sung by John Flansburgh


  • John Flansburgh: "The song doesn't have the classic crunchy spy chords of Bond music but the biting guitar is a hat tip to that famous intro. If there was any specific piece of music that it jumps off of I'd guess I'd point to Peter Gunn."[1] The Johns have covered the "Peter Gunn" theme song before.
  • Features Steven Bernstein on trumpet.
  • No two endings of this song are alike in live performances. In concert, the end of "Spy" is improvised by the band which is led by a random "conductor" (either John).

Song Themes

Intelligence, Espionage, Occupations, Screaming, Transportation


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Spy is currently ranked #684 out of 910. (89 wikians have given it an average rating of 7.54)