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They Might Be Giants – “The Statue Got Me High”

Pluto is curiously absent from those planet pedestals the Johns are playing on. Its status as a planet was questioned as early as 1992—perhaps not by coincidence, this song is from 1992—but it wasn’t officially labelled a dwarf planet until 2006. Did They Might Be Giants see its demotion coming 14 years in advance?

Interesting fact re: the sax-playing astronauts in this video: the saxophone was one of the earliest musical instruments to be played in outer space (preceded only by bells and harmonica used in a Christmas prank on Gemini 6).

“The Statue Got Me High” comes from Apollo 18. They Might Be Giants have a new album—I Like Fun—on the way in January.

-Scott Bryson

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Easterhouse – “Whistling In The Dark”

Holiday-appropriate and quintessentially ’80s.

“Whistling In The Dark” comes from Easterhouse’s debut album (Contenders, 1986). It’s a popular title: there were 1933 and 1941 films of the same name, as well as a They Might Be Giants tune (down below).

-Scott Bryson

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They Might Be Giants – “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” (Tiny Toons version)

Plucky Duck can’t catch a break. Even when he’s trying to do some good, he ends up smothered by Elmyra.

“Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” comes from They Might Be Giants’ 1990 album, Flood. That record’s “Particle Man” also appeared on Tiny Toon Adventures.

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They Might Be Giants – “You’re On Fire”

A frightening demonstration of what your food may be doing when you turn your back to it, starring Lauren Lapkus from Orange Is The New Black. Lauren! Pay attention! Your stir fry is on fire!

Ground beef should not be left out long enough for this to happen (it looks a little like Krang, no?). At least the carrots in this vid are less creepy than the ones in that Eels video.

“You’re On Fire” comes from They Might Be Giants’ latest, Nanobots. P.S. Mixing ground beef and broccoli is weird.

-Scott Bryson

[Note: we previously posted an amusing unofficial video for this song.]

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