Experimental Film (song)

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"Experimental Film"
Single by They Might Be Giants
from the album The Spine
Released 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Alternative rock
Length 2:56
Label Idlewild
Writer(s) They Might Be Giants
Producer(s) They Might Be Giants and Pat Dillett
They Might Be Giants singles chronology
"Man, It's So Loud in Here"
(2001)
"Experimental Film" (2004) "Kids Go!"
(2009)

"Experimental Film" is a song by alternative rock band They Might Be Giants. It is the first song on their 2004 album The Spine and, although never released commercially, is the album's lead single.[1] The song has been seen by some critics as a return to the band's earlier sound.[1][2] An animated music video was made for the song by internet cartoonists The Brothers Chaps and featured the characters from the animators' internet series Homestar Runner.[3]

Though it saw no domestic release, "Experimental Film" was released promotionally in Great Britain. The disc included "Am I Awake?" and "Memo to Human Resources" as well as the single. The song was also released on a one-track promotional disc in Australia.

Subject matter[edit]

The song's lyrics are a satire of avant-garde cinema, and its perceived tendency toward meaninglessness and pomposity. The "narrator" of the song is an enthusiastic filmmaker who is attempting to make the titular movie. He extols its greatness and makes grandiose statements about his abundance of ideas to make the viewer's "face implode" in the end, but the film is unfinished and lacks a discernible subject.

Homestar Runner video[edit]

The video itself is a cartoon experimental film and is ostensibly directed by Homestar Runner cartoon characters Strong Sad and The Cheat. Their individual contributions are wildly different: Strong Sad's footage looks like it has been shot on black-and-white film, while The Cheat's portions are animated in his singularly basic style. Initially the video just cuts between the two, but they're superimposed and mixed together more and more until the two become indistinguishable. The video is full of references to other experimental films.[4]

In spite of They Might Be Giants originally planning to make a separate video for the "MTV crowd,"[5] they have declared the Homestar Runner video to be the song's official music video. It was the first Homestar Runner cartoon to be shown on TV.[citation needed]

Use in television[edit]

The song was used as the end credits music for the Independent Film Channel TV series Film School, as well as in ads for the show.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b They Might Be Giants: The Spine music review PopMatters. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  2. ^ They Might Be Giants: The Spine music review The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  3. ^ They Might Be Giants artist info at the Wayback Machine (archived March 2, 2008) Cooking Vinyl. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  4. ^ "They Might Be Giants: Tall Tales". exclaim.ca. September 2004. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  5. ^ PLAY: Get Your MoveOn Groove On Wired. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  6. ^ Video on YouTube. Retrieved 2010-01-23.[dead link]

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