Upside Down Frown

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song name Upside Down Frown
artist They Might Be Giants
releases The Else
year 2007
first played May 3, 2007 (79 known performances)
run time 2:17
sung by John Linnell; John Flansburgh (harmony)


Trivia/Info

  • Written, along with Withered Hope, over a set of "delightful drum loops" provided by The Dust Brothers for The Else.
  • Flansburgh said in a 2007 interview with Bob Edwards
    There's an aspect to that recording: about half-way through, you hear this very very light and kind of spider-webby arpeggiated guitar being played by our guitar player, Dan Miller. It's actually the sound of an electric guitar unamplified, which I think was a recording idea that we've been discussing since we started making recordings. Three-hundred recordings into it, we had still not bothered to do [it]. And then in the tracking of that recording, [one of the Dust Brothers, I think] John King said "I like the sound of the guitar without the amplifier". And it really is a magnificent sound that is rarely heard - it's very strange.
  • The line "the rainbow has a beard" was originally in the 1967 Cream song, "SWLABR", from the album Disraeli Gears. "SWLABR" stands for "She Walks Like A Bearded Rainbow". "(She Was A) Hotel Detective In The Future" also references rainbow beards in the line "She walks with the beard of a rainbow."

Song Themes

Body Parts, Colors, Death, Hair, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, Questions, Recycled Material, Title Not In Lyrics, Upside-Down, Violence, Weather

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