Memo To Human Resources

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song name Memo to Human Resources
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Indestructible Object, The Spine, Experimental Film (Promo), TMBG Clock Radio
year 2004
first played January 25, 2004 (277 known performances)
run time 2:02
sung by John Flansburgh; John Linnell harmonizes


  • The line "Nevermind the furthermore, the plea is self-defense" is a reference to "Zilch" and "No Time" by The Monkees. By stating "again", TMBG seem to be implying it's an intentional reference to their reuse. It was originally from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!, and the Monkees quoted it in their songs.
  • In liner notes from The Spine, the line "Talk you through the finer points..." instead is "Walk...", and in the liner notes for Indestructible Object, the written line is "With finer points..."
  • The bass on this track is played by Flansburgh instead of Danny Weinkauf. Weinkauf is not credited in the Indestructible Object liner notes.
  • This song was played as a medley seguing from "Spine" at several live shows in 2004.
  • The lyrical motif of being talked down is also mentioned in Wearing a Raincoat, the next song on The Spine.

Song Themes

Album Lead-Ins, Aversion To Work, Denial, Drugs, Epistolary Songs, Forgetting And Remembering, In Back, Misanthropy, Oblique Cliches Or Idiom, Problems With Liner Notes, Recycled Material, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Size, Title Not In Lyrics, Transportation, Writing


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