New Slang

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"New Slang"
Single by The Shins
from the album
Oh, Inverted World
B-side "Sphagnum Esplanade"
Released 2001
Format download, CD
Genre Folk rock
Length 3:51
Label Sub Pop
The Shins singles chronology
When I Goose-Step
New Slang
Know Your Onion!

"New Slang" is a song by The Shins. It was released as a 7" single in 2001, and subsequently appeared on their album Oh, Inverted World. It achieved mainstream popularity after its inclusion in the soundtrack of the film Garden State and its appearance in a McDonald's television commercial. James Mercer has stated in an interview with InDublin Magazine that, at the time he wrote the song, he wanted to get out of his "home town, job, relationship and life".

In popular culture[edit]


The song was talked about in the film Garden State; it was also featured on the Scrubs episode "My Balancing Act", and appeared on the series' 2002 soundtrack. The song is featured in the episode "Eloise" of the television series The Sopranos and the "Him" episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Additionally, it is featured in a scene of the 2011 film The Way.

The track was named in the 2008 book The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present. Pitchfork listed the song at 62 on its 500 best tracks from 2000 to 2009.[1]

The Shins performed "New Slang" on Saturday Night Live on January 13, 2007.[2]

The song is available as downloadable content for Guitar Hero World Tour and the Rock Band series of video games.

In 2009, the song was voted in at #72 in the Triple J Hottest 100 Of All Time by listeners in Australia.[3]

Other versions[edit]

There are two live versions of the song: one performed with Iron & Wine, which appears on the December 14, 2004 7" single release of "Fighting in a Sack", and another that appears on the "Know Your Onion" single. There is also a jazz version by the Alex Guilbert Trio (piano, drums, bass) on their 2012 On the Ground album.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Lance Bangs and features the band re-enacting the cover art of other bands' albums, including Zen Arcade and New Day Rising by Hüsker Dü, Let It Be by The Replacements, Moon Pix by Cat Power, Double Nickels On The Dime by The Minutemen, Squirrel Bait's first EP, Sonic Youth's Sister and Slint's Spiderland.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "New Slang"
  2. "Sphagnum Esplanade"


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