The Edison Museum

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From the enhanced "No!" CD
Illustration from the Long Tall Weekend liner notes

song name The Edison Museum
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song, Long Tall Weekend, No!, TMBG Clock Radio
year 1999
run time 1:59
sung by Nick Hill


  • From the Summer 1999 Info Club newsletter: "The true life story of 'the tallest, greatest and most famous haunted mansion in New Jersey.' Written by John Linnell and Brian Dewan, and sung with profound gusto by WFMU DJ Nick Hill."
  • This is the oldest song written by TMBG to be featured on No!; the recording heard on the album was created eleven years earlier in 1991, and revised in 1999 for Long Tall Weekend. The song was originally created and released for a WFMU tribute album to Thomas Edison.
  • In a retrospective song-by-song analysis of No! John and John said of this song:
Nick Hill plays an instrument called the vibraband on this track. It's a piece of rubber that is stretched across the lips and blown through. You can hear it underneath his singing on the second verse. It sounds kind of like the voice on the other end of the telephone in an old time radio show. The Edison Museum in West Orange, New Jersey is sometimes open to the public and has lots of cool stuff in it, including the wax cylinder recording equipment on which we recorded a scratchier version of this song.

Song Themes

Children, Colors, Doors, Educational, Museums, Non-John Vocals, Occupations, People (Real), Relatives, Religion, Supernatural, Science, Size, Transportation, US States, Weather


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