When I was much younger, I (like everyone else in my generation) was introduced to They Might Be Giants quirky, “everybody-friendly” music by their cover of the song “Istanbul, Not Constantinople,” as featured in a Tiny Toon Adventures cartoon.
Man, I am getting old. I just used the phrase “like everyone else in my generation.”
At any rate, I soon acquired They Might Be Giants wildly popular album, “Flood,” and was hooked. It wasn’t “Istanbul” that had me, though, or the song “Particle Man” – which was also featured on Tiny Toons – but the song featured in the video above: “Birdhouse In Your Soul.”
I had no idea at the time what the song was about, and the video didn’t really clear it up… but I have now found out that the song is sung from the point of view of a night light, so there you go. This song is actually their highest charting single, and is, in my humble opinion, their best song. It perfectly captures their madness, their subtle genius, and their musical whimsy. It has obscure lyrics, interesting instrumentation, and a key change. It sums up everything about them in a tidy 3 minutes. If you like this song, you like them. And if you don’t like this song, there is probably something wrong with you.
I’m just sayin’, it’s a fun song. Don’t you like to have fun?