- Hide Away Folk Family, especially the coda, which culminates in something not unlike Courage suffering from catatonic shock.
- "Rabid Child" from their first album is quite haunting. It starts off with a distorted and warbling voice that says "Lord, please don't take me away..." It also has a music video, which except for one clip, has NEVER been released to the public. Said clip has dark and ominous lighting and a disjointed vibe. The mystery surrounding the video certainly doesn't help with the creepy factor either.
- "The Statue Got Me High":
- It's about a statue that just makes people burst into flames and die. The song mentions it's being displayed publicly. And now, the weather.
- Try not to scare yourself with John Linnell's intense stare. Who says statues can't move. And sing.And now it is your turn!
(Your turn to hear the stone, and then your turn to burn!)
- "Cloisonné". The narrator of the song's obviously up to some unsettling activity. "You've got a friend in law enforcement, don't go calling law enforcement..."
- The Dial-A-Song version of "Four Of Two", which ends with a fairly graphic description of the narrator strangling himself to death with his own bare hands. In context, it's Black Comedy, but it's still a bit creepy, more so if you're used to the Lighter and Softer ending of the No! version. note
- "Turtle Songs Of North America," a free download from one of their old sites, consists entirely of weird noises and John Linnell speaking in a creepily calm southern accent about several imagined North American turtles, including the Eastern Fighting Turtle, the Downy Tortuga, and the Mudflail.
- "Replicant" from their 2013 album Nanobots:
Replicant why do you lie on the ground,
- It's a slow jazzy song with some creepy electronic noises. The lyrics imply that the titular "replicant" has killed his human counterpart.
Shoveling handfuls of dirt on yourself?
- The creepiness factor doubles when Linnell begins addressing the replicant like a son. And at the same time, it becomes clear that something very wrong is going on.Replicant, someone is waiting outside
He says you did something wrong to his friend
Look at me when I'm talking to you
What have you got there behind your back?
I found this when I was cleaning your room
I think you've got some explaining to do
Whatever you did, we'll get through this
Go out the back and I'll deal with the cops
- "The Darlings Of Lumberland". If the demented woodwind section doesn't at least disturb you, John Flansburgh's demonic altered voice certainly will. The lyrics also mention "empty, hollow sockets."
- The Dial-A-Song version of "Token Back To Brooklyn," which starts off with pitched-down voices repeating "get away," then kicks into a bleak, slow rhythm. To say nothing of one of the original lines:The fare collector's drinking lighter fluid and claims he's killed our parents
- "Stomp Box" is a fairly dark song, from lyrics like "Little stomp box tear it from my heart" to John screaming "KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL ME NOW..."
- "I'll Sink Manhattan," a harrowing, emotional ode to hitting the Despair Event Horizon, backed by an instrumental that veers full-tilt between the ominous and the operatic.
- The slide whistles at the end of "Employee of the Month" give the song an ominous air.
- "Aaa," off "Glean" speeds through lines concerning everything from tinfoil-hat conspiracies and impending misfortune to distrust of surroundings and grievous bodily harm.What's this button do? I wonder what's inside this ticking
Package that's addressed to me, and how are sausages made
And what am I made of? I'm gonna find out now
- The early and obscure Dial-A-Song track, "Hi Honey I'm Home". Don't let the innocent-sounding title fool you. The song consists of Flansburgh depressingly singing "Hi, honey, I'm home" backed to a droning two-note synth loop that sounds exactly like a European-style emergency siren and the sound of a car crashing.. Hell Is That Noise indeed.
- The cold, synth-y "Am I Awake." It's about someone who's so trapped in the monotony of their daily routine that they've lost all sense of time, to the point that they can't even tell if they're awake!"And when I close my eyes, it looks the same as when I open them again"
- The brief track "Sleep" from Nanobots concerns a person who believes that when he goes to sleep, a doppelganger impersonates him.
- The title track to I Like Fun, in which the narrator describes himself going off his meds as a form of escapism. The music video is full of disturbing imagery, including fire, blood, and flesh melting off skulls.
- The part of "Unpronounceable" where the song sounds like it's cutting out can be considered quite the nauseous Sensory Abuse to some.
- "Mrs. Bluebeard" is far more mundane in its horror than many of the examples on this page, but the story behind it—that of a woman murdered by her abusive husband—is still deeply chilling.
- Similarly, "My Man" has a peppy, futuristic sound but is actually about a person who has suffered a spinal injury realizing he is paralyzed from the waist down and "won't walk again."
Nightmare Fuel / They Might Be Giants