Man, It's So Loud In Here

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song name Man, It's So Loud in Here
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Mink Car, Man, It's So Loud In Here (EP), Mink Car Retail Sampler, Tracks Taken From The New Album 'Mink Car', TMBG Unlimited - June, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, (2000-2006), Podcast 50, 50,000,000 They Might Be Giants Songs Can't Be Wrong
year 2001
first played March 11, 1999 (310 known performances)
run time 3:59
sung by John Linnell; John Flansburgh harmonizes


This song has been completely reorchestrated from its original rock inception with the help of producer Adam Schlesinger (who's also in Fountains of Wayne), this song doesn't sound like anything we would have ever done by ourselves, probably. It pays homage to one or two well known bands from the mid-1980's, but we're hoping the song will be so successful that eventually people will hear them and be reminded of us.
'Man Its So Loud In Here' a definite journey back in time to the 80's, with its disco feel and rock hook. Think Pet Shop Boys with electric guitars!!! 'Man...' will have you singing and dancing from your first listen, and is sure to become a standout live track.
John [Linnell] put the initial track together. [...] Adam Schlesinger was producing some tracks on our record and basically said, "You know, you're doing this song that's all about disco music and electronica, but it just sounds like a straight-ahead rock song. Why don't you give it a more electronic treatment?" [...] And so he and I just set to making the track really have its own electronic environment. The final version is almost a remix of the idea before it even got into the world.

Recorded mostly with the sounds from a Proteus 2000 module, it perfectly imitates the electronic dance music of the Reagan era. [...] "It's funny, because it's a song about being trapped in a disco where you can't hear yourself talk, and so we decided to go for a kind of a cross between early '80s New Order-style music and a little bit of '70s dance music," [Adam] Schlesinger says. "We built it off of a drum program that we started working on at John Flansburgh's house."
Flansburgh elaborates: "Musically, the song is probably more like a New Order song, but the drum aesthetic is straight out of that early Pet Shop Boys sound, which is pretty funny because we've been around as long as the Pet Shop Boys." After recording a demo at Flansburgh's home studio, the Giants took the song to the smallish TMF studios and replaced most of the sounds. Interestingly, the gated guitar sound in the chorus is made by a keyboard. "That's actually a Roland present called 'Alternative'," Flansburgh says with admiration.

  • Used as the theme song for the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel game Banter in 2005-2006.

Song Themes

Altered Voice, Clothes, Fade Out, Forgetting, Remembering, Gleeful Irreverence, Love, Misanthropy, Music, Musical Stores, Pointing, Transportation


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