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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 (568 known performances)
run time 3:06
sung by John Flansburgh, Robin Goldwasser screams


  • 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 performances of this song are alike at TMBG's live shows, where the end of "Spy" is improvised by the band led by a random "conductor" (either or both Johns).
  • Live performances may segue into the jam section using loops of the opening lines of "The One That You Love" by Air Supply or "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Gene Autry.

Song Themes

Intelligence, Espionage, Occupations, Screaming, The Senses, Transportation


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