Thinking Machine

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Music video for "Thinking Machine"

song name Thinking Machine
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Dial-A-Song (2015), Why?
year 2015
run time 2:11
sung by John Flansburgh, John Linnell


  • Video directed by David Cowles and Jeremy Galante, in the same style as "Put It To The Test" from Here Comes Science. There is a brief reference to that video as well with the giant man-eating plant behind Professor Flansburgh.
  • On the Ask Me Another show that aired on June 11, 2015, John Flansburgh commented on the plan to release two records in 2015. "There's this one song we're working on called 'Thinking Machine', and it was revealed as we were finishing it that Linnell thought it was for the kids' record, and I thought it was for the adults' record."[1]
  • In a 2018 interview, Flansburgh explained that for this song, he created an elaborate drum program, then sent the file to Linnell, who put the bass line over it and sent it back to Flansburgh with a set of lyrics. Flansburgh then wrote the melody over the bass line and rhythm track and recorded the keyboard part. Finally, Linnell did a set of answer vocals to the vocals that Flansburgh had sung.[2]
  • Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist.

Song Themes

Altered Voice, Animals, Body Parts, Colors, Fire, Food, Money, Nonsense Words, Numbers, People (Real), Questions, Recursion, Relatives, Sleep, Traded Tracks, Transportation, Weather


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