The Communists Have The Music

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Official music video for "The Communists Have the Music"

song name The Communists Have the Music
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song (2018), The Communists Have The Music, My Murdered Remains, Some Murdered Remains
year 2018
first played September 20, 2018 (49 known performances)
run time 2:27
sung by John Linnell, John Flansburgh on post-chorus


  • Posted on TMBG's Free Downloads page on September 11, 2018, with a note saying "This song is part of our upcoming album, entitled My Murdered Remains".
  • The initial YouTube release features a still image replicating a 1915 oil painting by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich entitled "Suprematist Painting: Eight Red Rectangles". Malevich was not a communist. The version of the painting used in the video is a recreation done by John Flansburgh with red construction paper, shown upside-down.
  • The song was released digitally on Sept. 21, and later as a 7" single, backed with "I've Been Seeing Things". Teased by a Girlie Action press release, a full animated video directed by David Cowles and Jeremy Galante with art by David Plunkert was released on October 9. On various media the band promoted the song using the tag #aynrandsandwich.
  • The House Un-American Activities Committee existed from 1939–1969 and was primarily used to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having communist ties.
  • Read more about noted Objectivist author Ayn Rand and Marxist philosopher Friedrich Engels, and read the lyrics to "The Internationale", a left-wing anthem and standard of the socialist movement since the late nineteenth century, in preparation for playing the backing track.
  • The outfits the fascists have are likely Nazi uniforms, some of which were notably manufactured by Hugo Boss.
  • In a Girlie Action press release, Linnell says of the song, "On the one hand, Fran Lebowitz memorably said of Communism vs. Fascism that one was too dull and the other too exciting. However, our song takes its cue from somebody (I can’t remember who) in our high school, who once compared two bands (I wish I could remember which bands) by declaring that one had the power but the other had the tunes. This enduring metaphor seems to apply to any pair of things we can think of."

Song Themes

Drinks, Food, Music, People (Real), Politics, References To Other Songs Or Musicians


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