The Bells Are Ringing

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song name The Bells Are Ringing
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Factory Showroom, John Henry + Factory Showroom
year 1996
first played December 18, 1997 (2 known performances)
run time 3:32
sung by John Linnell; Amanda Homi sings the bells


A song about the seductive appeal of social order (as opposed to individual freedom), and an expression of the terrifying and exciting power of propaganda. The part of the bells is sung by Amanda Homi.
  • From the Q&A: "...We've rented lots of odd percussion from Carroll Music in New York, like the handbells on The Bells are Ringing."
  • Appears in the Malcolm in the Middle episode "Christmas," during the scene where the boys throw holiday ornaments at each other.

Song Themes

Accents, Addiction, Compulsion, Bells, Body Parts, Children, Forgetting And Remembering, Heads, Mind Control, Hypnotism, Music, No, Non-John Vocals, Not In Common Time, Onomatopoeia


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