Circular Karate Chop

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song name Circular Karate Chop
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Nanobots, Circular Karate Chop (Promo)
year 2013
first played December 29, 2012 (55 known performances)
run time 2:56
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell backing


  • The lyric "short sharp shock" originally appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 comic opera The Mikado, where it refers to a beheading. It has adopted the meaning "a quick, severe punishment". The same phrase has also been used in other musical and literary works, including a spoken line in Pink Floyd's 1973 song "Us And Them" from their Dark Side of the Moon album.
  • "Afternoons in the mirror doing pop and lock" refers to two styles of dancing: popping and locking, both types of funk or hip-hop dances.
  • "You're still looking for your Commodore's old control stick" refers to the external joystick controls on 8-bit home computer systems manufactured by Commodore International in the 1980s, such as the popular Commodore 64.

Song Themes

Altered Voice, Bodily Mutilation, Body Parts, Clothes, Colors, Counting, Dancing, Games, Lists, Mirrors And Reflections, Numbers, Occupations, Puns, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Shapes, Spoken Word, Sports, Titles And Honorifics, Violence, Weapons


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