Let Me Tell You About My Operation

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Music video for "Let Me Tell You About My Operation"

song name Let Me Tell You About My Operation
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song (2015), Glean
year 2015
first played February 22, 2015 (179 known performances)
run time 2:59
sung by John Flansburgh


  • In November of 2014, the band released a 3-second YouTube clip of Dan Levine, Curt Ramm, and Stan Harrison (the Tricerachops Horns) performing horns for this song in Pat Dillett's studio. It's still available to view on Flansburgh's Instagram[1] and YouTube (see Videos)
  • Stan Harrison wrote "the big chart moment" for the horns in this song.[2]
  • Video directed by Jeremy Galante & David Cowles, with character design by David Plunkert and animation by Brad Pattullo[3] and Mike Genz[4].
  • It seems likely that the title comes from an album by stand-up comedian and female impersonator Rae Bourbon, whose adults-only, under-the-counter records became a sensation in the 50s after Bourbon claimed to have just returned from having gender correction surgery in Mexico (although it's believed this was a publicity stunt and untrue). Bourbon's story is mentioned in The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the history of American comedy by Kliph Nesteroff, whose work Flansburgh has expressed effusive appreciation for[5].

Song Themes

Clothes, Forgetting And Remembering, French, Language, Love Gone Sour, Medical, Mirrors And Reflections, Poison, Screaming, Swear Words, Swing Feel, Time, Trees And Other Plants


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  • Watch it on Youtube.png - horns in studio

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