First Release: They Might Be Giants (AKA “The Pink Album“), 1986
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One of the early songs that defined the band’s sound, with a video that defined their artistic look, “Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head” is an anti-conformity anthem that showcases their ability to be simultaneously obtuse and profound. With an upbeat sound and dark lyrics, this is one of those definitive They Might Be Giants standards–it comes in at #25 only because of the band’s prolific output and my personal tastes.
Subtle references to music history are another of TMBG’s signatures; in this case, a reference in the last verse to Elvis Presley’s “Guitar Man.”
The song is also notable for being referenced in the third episode of The Simpsons, when Homer writes a suicide note that includes the line, “Dumb things I gotta do today.”