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I believe that the Fleshed-out version of Fingertips (from They Might Be Gannets") is no longer available for free but to purchase... Am I looking at this right?

looks like they took it down as of December 3.
yes, that is true, it is now $4.00 for the whole album for download. ~krueger

1-Track Version[edit]

For whoever's interested, you can get around the iTunes/Dial-a-Song nonsense and get a 1-track version of this song through plain ol' iTunes. Place the CD in your computer, select tracks 17-37, go to "Advanced->Join CD Tracks" in the menu, and importing the joined tracks. --Oddjob 21:46, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

WHY WOULD YOU WANT THIS?!?! -CapitalQtalk ♪ 22:03, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

I don't know who WOULDN"T want this! What if you're making a playlist in itunes, or a TMBG mix CD? 21 tracks can be pretty cumbersome. Maybe I feel that way cuz I got acquainted with Apollo 18 on tape, and so I'm used to hearing the song as one uninterrupted track. --Oddjob 14:48, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

I too first got Apollo 18 on tape (and actually just finally got it on CD last month!), but I love being able to put the disc on shuffle and getting little Fingertips snippets throughout the scrambled album--which, I might add, is how TMBG says the disc was designed to be played. :) (However, I can also possibly understand wanting the song all in one track for a mix disc or something like that.) ~Drew
You do understand, Oddjob, that this is pure blasphemy, do you not? You may do as you please, but be warned: God will not be so understanding when he judges you for this crime against nature. ~ magbatz 15:20, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Oh come on, TMBG have been playing it in concert as a single song for years! Oddjob

Uh . . . how do you know if they're playing it as multiple songs or not? ;) (I know, I know, I'm just kidding . . .) ~Drew
You know, you can also do it by just Downloading "Fingertips 1: Everything is Catching On Fire". --ZippZapp 01:37, 26 February 2008 (UTC)


[03:25:41] david masquelier: dude
[03:25:43] david masquelier: fingertips is like
[03:25:47] david masquelier: the warioware of music.

H-E-A-R-T Attack[edit]

Does Flans usually sing the "I'm having a heart attack" part this way during concerts?

sleepy credits[edit]

listening to the album before i sleep, the thought of not editing the wiki is enough to keep me awake but new credits pages are too confusing for the tired. there is bass clarinet on wind and corridors, and accordion on the latter. maybe more but i'm shuffling

just leaving this here, i'll do this when i'm up

Live version[edit]

Has anyone heard the live version that begins like this:

We've been practicing for 2 weeks! 2 WEEKS!
For this next song...
This song is not from the 80s
This song is not from today
This song is from the 90's making it the one and only exception in this entire show!
But we've made it worth your while
By making it the song we'd like to call... the next song we're gonna play!
Look at me guys, look at me!
This song is called Fingertips

The thing Talk 15:26, 10 July 2012 (EDT)

Just want to reopen this discussion cause i'm still searching for it —The thing Talk 17:23, 4 May 2017 (EDT)
This was the fourth ever performance, 11/9/00 @ Bowery Ballroom. Damn good times. Here ya go: -TDK (talk) 07:43, 5 May 2017 (EDT)

Number Differences[edit]

On the wiki, it says that there are 21 one sections in Fingertips, which is obvious seeing as how there's a numbered list and everything, but on at least two occasions I've heard one of the Johns describe it as having 19 songs. Is there a reason behind this, or was it just them messing up a bit?

Maybe they didn't think of the two called "Fingertips" to be true Fingertips? --Nehushtan (talk) 06:35, 15 August 2019 (EDT)
Considering the many, many times they've both given incorrect information about details about releases in interviews and stage banter, it seems a pretty sure thing that they were just getting mixed up. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 14:42, 15 August 2019 (EDT)


Those super cheesy 70's tv ads are available now on YouTube so you kids can experience what the Johns grew up watching during the commercial breaks on late-night tv shows. There was always a booming huckster voice announcing each artist or song title, a little snippet of each song's chorus, and a perfectly corny video element such as "groovy beach hippies jamming to the music" or "space travel and robots". The Flood Promo video has fun with this format, with Linnell and Flansburgh acting as "hep cats diggin the vibes" in the background as the songs are hyped. K-Tel always emphasized HOW MANY songs you'll be getting for your $4.99 (plus shipping and handling), which is part of the joke in the Flood promo. The number of Fingertips on Apollo 18 is about the average number of songs on a K-Tel compilation. --Nehushtan (talk) 06:14, 30 July 2019 (EDT)


Should the demo go on Unknown Songs? TitanicFog (talk) 12:49, 23 November 2022 (EST)

Probably not. I don't really know if Reprehensible's demo should be on there like it currently is either - that page is more for unknown songs than unheard songs. We can assume there are hundreds of unheard demo versions of known TMBG songs. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 13:25, 23 November 2022 (EST)