25 O'Clock

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song name 25 O'Clock
artist They Might Be Giants
releases A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs Of XTC, TMBG Clock Radio, Stumpbox, Podcast 8A, Secret Music Vol. 2
year 1995
run time 4:04
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell


  • Words and music by The Dukes of Stratosphear (the psychedelic alter-egos of XTC). Flansburgh expressed praise for the original song in a 2018 interview with Consequence of Sound.[1]
  • According to Flansburgh in a 1995 appearance on Sound fX, TMBG was originally planning to cover XTC's "This Is Pop" for the same tribute album, but it "proved to be too difficult."
  • The backwards part lists bands that were contemporary with XTC, including Adam Ant. This inspired the song "XTC Vs. Adam Ant".
  • Three years prior to the release of the XTC tribute album, TMBG had been dared during a radio show's Stump The Band segment to play this song, but opted instead to play The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Fire".

Song Themes

Backwards, Denial, Falling, Love Gone Sour, Mind Control, Hypnotism, Time, TMBG Remakes


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