I'm trying to clean things up around here. What better time to do it than Thanksgiving week when five day's worth of work is crammed into three working days, the other two being spent eating and lounging and watching tape-delayed-for-the-West-Coast parades that will put all of us in the mood to officially hate Christmas. To start, I have to do something with the Song on the Brain. Although I've posted numerous songs over the past few months, the listing on the right hasn't changed. Until today...
If you had to name a band that has produced the most songs with that certain stuck on the brain quality to them, which one would it be? For my money, it would have to be They Might Be Giants. For instance, name the capital of Turkey. If you know the answer, you'll probably spend the rest of the day singing the song. Or if I say the word birdhouse and follow it too closely with the word soul, you'll more than likely curse me for the rest of the day, doing anything in your power to get the song out of your head. I could go on (Particle Man), but I think you get the point.
Last Saturday night, I watched Gigantic, a documentary about TMBG. For someone like me who spent the better part of the late 80s and early 90s with at least one TMBG song on my brain, it was a great trip down memory lane. I vividly remember sitting in my dorm room my freshman year of college and watching as the channel that once brought us music videos premiered "Ana Ng." My roommate, a Billy Ray Cyrus devotee, put down his Field & Stream long enough to say, "What the fugk?" Truth be known, I think I wondered the same thing. I'd heard TMBG songs before, but never one so perfect. In fact, I remember thinking that someone had finally written the perfect song: an absurd love poem set to a catchy yet somewhat annoying tune. Within days I had the Lincoln cassette in my possession and played it so much that my roommate would often be reduced to tears.
That's why the new Song on the Brain has to be "Ana Ng." You know you want to sing along.
+ "Ana Ng" video from Launch.com