The Velvet Ape

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Music video for "The Velvet Ape"

song name The Velvet Ape
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song (2015), More Murdered Remains
year 2015
run time 3:01
sung by John Flansburgh


  • Video created by I Think We're Still Thinking[1], which is comprised of William Shum[2] (who previously directed the music video for "Madam, I Challenge You To A Duel" and "Unpronounceable") and Momoe Narazaki[3].
  • The ape on the second chorus's "one, two, three, five" as well as the one in the hospital bed are taken (through rotoscoping) from One Got Fat, a 1963 bicycle safety film featuring children wearing monkey masks.
  • While this song didn't make any of the 2015 Dial-A-Song albums, Flansburgh stated that "there will be a very big box. But it's going to take some time."[4] It would later appear on the 2018 release More Murdered Remains.
  • In 2019, Flansburgh confirmed that this song "was initiated by a very hair-brained idea for a set of songs, but it ultimately didn't go much farther."[5].

Song Themes

Animals, Clothes, Colors, Counting, Escape, History, Nonsense Words, Questions, Spoken Word, Stories, Time, War, Military, Weapons


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