TMBG Countdown #22: Hollywood (Venue Song)

First Release: Venue Songs, 2004

(This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.)

OK, so this entry is, to some extent, standing in for the entire venue songs collection: In 2004, during their tour for The Spine, They Might Be Giants embarked on a quest to write an original song for each venue at which they performed. The results are mixed, but best experienced as a whole–preferably in the form of a DVD hosted by John Hodgman in character as “The Deranged Millionaire.”

There are several gems among the venue songs collection–“The Egg,” “Mr. Smalls” and “TLA” are personal favorites because I have lived in Albany, Pittsburgh, and TLA (respectively) but my favorite is this British-invasion style tune about the poseur bands who follow They Might Be Giants and “steal all their moves.”

Trivia: The band in the music video is called the Lads, a nod to the Four Lads, who originally performed “Istanbul (Not Constantinople).” Hat tip here to This Might Be a Wiki.

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