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song name Smiles
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Unreleased
year 1983
first played July 7, 1983 (2 known performances)
run time Clock.png This unreleased song has only been played live,
and therefore has no definitive run time.
sung by John Flansburgh


  • Only known by its inclusion on a setlist from a 1983 show, John Flansburgh said on Tumblr in 2012:

Smiles was a crazy crazy explosive rant of a song—much closer to a No Wave kind of song—like a Pere Ubu or DNA track that almost any other song we did. It makes "You'll Miss Me" seem square. It really was emblematic of the no wave moment where there was a lot of expulsive screaming. For some folks it was probably the the only "current" feeling song in our show, for others it was just a UFO. It was a very different time—but standard issue pop rock song craft just did not have too much cultural currency in the subculture of downtown NYC.

Song Themes

Body Parts, Screaming


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