Fridge: They Might Be Giants

Fridge Brilliance
  • "Violin" has the section where George Washington's head is divided into quarters ("One quarter of George Washington's head / Half of George Washington's head" etc). It fits in with the general Word Salad Lyrics and just seems like another example of the band's seeming Author Appeal relationship with historical figures and disembodied heads. But more than that, it's sort of a skewed reference to U.S. currency - George Washington's head is on quarters, and of course four quarters make a dollar, which George Washington is also on.
  • A minor one: "They Got Lost" is literally about They Might Be Giants ("They" for short) getting lost.
  • Like the famous story it's based on, "The Lady And The Tiger" has No Ending: Not only does it not give a conclusion to the plot, but the music ends in a somewhat jarringly abrupt manner the moment the last lines are sung.
  • It took way too long for the significance of the song title "ECNALUBMA" to come to me. "ECNALUBMA" is "ambulance" spelled backwards, which relates to the lyrics about accidents. Furthermore, ambulance vehicles have mirrored text on the front of them, so that other drivers can more quickly recognize them in rear view mirrors; If an ambulance was heading towards you, you would read the word on the front of the vehicle as "ECNALUBMA".
  • "Man It's So Loud In Here" first surfaced in a live MP3, where it was performed in a guitar-based, Alternative Rock-ish style. When it appeared on Mink Car, it became a disco/Synth Pop pastiche. It's possible they just decided to Rearrange the Song this way because of lyrical references to loud dance music... But more than that, the verses were about a corner store and an airport getting gratuitous disco makeovers, and then the song itself got a gratuitous disco makeover.