He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot.

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"He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot"
He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot single cover
Single by Grandaddy
from the album The Sophtware Slump
Released 2000 (2000)
Format CD, vinyl
Grandaddy singles chronology
"The Crystal Lake"
"He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot."
"Hewlett's Daughter"

"He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" is a single by American indie rock band Grandaddy, from their second studio album, The Sophtware Slump, released in 2000. The song was featured on the soundtrack of UK hidden camera show Trigger Happy TV[1] and the films Jackpot (2001), The Forest for the Trees (2003), and Occupation: Dreamland (2005).[2]

Grandaddy toured with Elliott Smith in 2000 and he would occasionally join them onstage and sing lead vocals on parts of this song.

Actor Jason Lee has cited this song as the inspiration to name his child Pilot Inspektor.[3]

Writing and composition[edit]

Regarding the song's conception and its position as The Sophtware Slump's opening track, Jason Lytle noted, "It was definitely a struggle to get all the three parts to actually sound like they were intended to live together. I usually get into this space where, once the album starts to come together, I start to figure out what’s missing or what needs to be added, and I realised that it really needed something like that to set it off in a certain direction. It’s just a struggle putting something like that together and making it not sound forced, y’know?"[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot."   8:56
2. "Wives of Farmers"   3:40
3. "N. Blender"   3:59


  1. ^ "Images for Various - Trigger Happy TV - Soundtrack To Series 2". Discogs. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Grandaddy". IMDb. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Wong, David (2008-01-02). "The 20 Most Bizarre Celebrity Baby Names". Cracked.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  4. ^ Wisgard, Alex. "Grandaddy's Jason Lytle revisits The Sophtware Slump". thelineofbestfit.com. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 

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