Dashiki Lover

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song name Dashiki Lover
artist Mono Puff
releases It's Fun To Steal, TMBG Clock Radio
year 1998
first played September 19, 1997 (5 known performances)
run time 4:06
sung by John Flansburgh, Robin Goldwasser as Sister Puff


  • Dashiki shirts are those loose, brightly colored African shirts.
  • "My father is a Modernist architect, and I grew up around a lot of dashiki-wearing hipsters. It's such a wild kind of dress — it always amazed me it was in mainstream fashion." - John Flansburgh
  • In the NPR Lost & Found Sound episode "Portrait of An Artist as An Answering Machine", a woman can be heard singing this song in an answering machine message to the episode's subject, Taylor Negron.
  • The following is the list of Dashiki Lovers mentioned in the song:
  • James Baldwin - (1924-1987) American writer, noted for his novels on sexual and personal identity, and sharp essays on the civil-rights struggle
  • Sammy Davis - (1925-1990) American pop icon and Rat Packer also known as Mr. Entertainment. Aside from his notoriety as a singer, dancer, and funnyman, he was also known for his one glass eye and conversion to Judaism (web site)
  • Peter Fonda - (1939-2019) American actor and filmmaker famous for the counter-culture movie Easy Rider also starring fellow Dashiki Lover Dennis Hopper. Son of Henry Fonda, brother to Jane Fonda and father to Bridget Fonda.
  • Allen Ginsberg - (1926-1997) American Beat Generation poet. Known for his poem "Howl", which was quoted in "I Should Be Allowed To Think".
  • Abbie Hoffman - (1936-1989) An American counterculture icon of the 1960s, Hoffman was successful at turning many flower children into political activists.
  • Dennis Hopper - (1936-2010) American actor and filmmaker, star of Easy Rider along with fellow Dashiki Lover Peter Fonda.
  • Humbert Humbert - The pedophile narrator from the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
  • Clifford Irving - (1930-2017) American writer from New York who, in 1971, wrote an "authorized autobiography" of the eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes. The "authorization" to write such a novel from Hughes, as well as the "interviews" Irving conducted with Hughes, were all an elaborate hoax, partially made possible through the use of clever handwriting forgeries. At the same time, Irving was also involved in the Orson Welles film, F for Fake, a film about art forgery.
  • Lonesome Cowboy - Might be a reference to a 1971 Frank Zappa song named "Lonesome Cowboy Burt". Lonesome Cowboys was also the name of an Andy Warhol movie from 1969, and "Lonesome Cowboy Bill" was a song by The Velvet Underground from the album Loaded.
  • My First Grade Teacher
  • Rosemary's baby - Reference to the 1968 Roman Polanski movie of the same name
  • Jerry Rubin - (1938-1994) Revolutionary and anti-war activist known for his media sensationalism
  • Wayne County - Now known as Jayne County. Rock singer who was part of the New York punk scene in the late '70s.
  • Ultra Violet - (1935-2014) Aka Isabelle Collin Dufresne, member of Andy Warhol's "Factory" community in the 1960s. Appeared in some of his movies.

Song Themes

Clothes, Doors, Love, New York City, Non-John Vocals, People (Real)


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