First release: TMBG Unlimited, 2001
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This one requires a story.
From TMBG.com: “This is from a live show at Columbia University in NYC. We had a new stage tech (for one day) who neglected to plug anything in before we walked on stage-leading to perhaps the most humbling show start of our humbling careers. Things went downhill from there with power failures and electronic disasters. This spontaneously written song captures the magic of the disappointment!”
If you’ve seen They Might Be Giants live in concert, you know two things: 1) Their on-stage banter is one of the most enjoyable parts of the show, and 2) That banter typically makes it pretty clear how they feel the night is going. On a particular night at Columbia University, that banter became this song.
I just can’t express how much I enjoy this song.