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song name Thermostat
artist They Might Be Giants
releases John Henry, John Henry + Factory Showroom
year 1994
first played April 21, 1993 (8 known performances)
run time 3:11
sung by John Linnell


  • The line "As I was just telling you a minute ago" occurs exactly one minute into the song.
  • Both this song and the 1992 Linnell-sung "Welcome To The Jungle" had working lyrics referencing safaris. Prior to the recording of John Henry and its demos, Linnell sang "Thermostat" live in 1993 with lyrics including "When I'm ready to go out on a safari / I'll go on a safari / I won't ask anybody for directions / I'll just step on the accelerator / When the bus runs completely out of oil / I'll continue driving anyway," as well as "Is the safari bus engulfed in flames / Or is it just me?".[1]
  • This song features Kevin Osborne on trombone, and Steven Bernstein on trumpet.

Song Themes

Altered Voice, Fade Out, Fire, Insanity, Not In Common Time, Questions, Recursion, Science, Temperature, Transportation


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Thermostat is currently ranked #255 out of 1009. (127 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.67)