The Statue Got Me High

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"The Statue Got Me High"
The Statue Got Me High EP cover.gif
Single by They Might Be Giants
from the album Apollo 18
B-side"She's Actual Size"
ReleasedFebruary 20, 1992
FormatCD single, 7", 12", cassette
RecordedSeptember—October 1991
StudioThe Magic Shop, New York City
GenreAlternative rock
LabelElektra (U.S.)
Elektra / WEA (EU)
Songwriter(s)They Might Be Giants
Producer(s)They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants singles chronology
"The Statue Got Me High"
"The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)"

"The Statue Got Me High" is a song by American alternative rock band They Might Be Giants. The song was released as the lead single from the band's 1992 album, Apollo 18. The song reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.[1] The B-sides "I'm Def" and "Which Describes How You're Feeling" are both taken from the band's 1985 demo tape, which was recorded using low-quality equipment.[2]


"The Statue Got Me High" was written by John Linnell. Of the meaning of the song's lyrics, Linnell said:

It's kind of a song about having an epiphany or something. The song actually started with completely different lyrics. That's what I was saying about dummy lyrics. I think the song was called 'The Apple of My Eye'. When I came up with the line 'the statue got me high', it amused me. It was taking two things and putting them together - not a non sequitur but something sort of interesting and odd about the juxtaposition of those two things. Part of it is that it's the idea that the statue would be in a public square, a monument. Not necessarily a work of art, but something that's just utterly immobile and represents something that's in the past - just the idea of that blowing somebody's mind. It seems like one of the least likely things to make the top of your head come off, and that's what happens in the song.[3]

Promotion and packaging[edit]

A music video was produced for the single, directed by Adam Bernstein.[4] It premiered on MTV's 120 Minutes in February, 1992.[5] The video features John Linnell and John Flansburgh among various space-themed sculptures and fully suited astronauts at the Sepulveda Dam. At certain points, the video depicts John Linnell's head over a red silhouette of flames. A second version of the video, which does not show the flames, was also produced, because, according to Flansburgh, flames are not allowed to be shown on British television.[6]

Like Apollo 18, the single's art largely features photography from the NASA archives.[7]

Track listing[edit]

US cassette / European CD
  1. "The Statue Got Me High" – 3:06
  2. "Which Describes How You're Feeling" (demo) – 1:24
  3. "I'm Def" – 1:08
European 12"
  1. "The Statue Got Me High" – 3:06
  2. "She's Actual Size (album version)" – 2:05
  3. "I'm Def" – 1:08
  4. "Which Describes How You're Feeling" (demo) – 1:24
European 7"
  1. "The Statue Got Me High" – 3:06
  2. "She's Actual Size (album version)" – 2:05


They Might Be Giants[7]
Additional musicians[8]
  • Jim Thomas - drums on "She's Actual Size"
  • They Might Be Giants - producers
  • Bill Krauss - producer for "I'm Def" and "Which Describes How You're Feeling All the Time"
  • Edward Douglas IV - engineer
  • Alan Winstanley - mixing
  • Paul Angelli - recording

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak position Weeks on chart
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[1] 24 6


  1. ^ a b Billboard "The Statue Got Me High" chart history. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  2. ^ The Statue Got Me High: They Might Be Giants Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  3. ^ DeMain, Bill. In Their Own Words: Songwriters Talk About the Creative Process. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004. Print.
  4. ^ Adam Bernstein Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  5. ^ They Might Be Giants information bulletin, February, 1992, distributed electronically by Bo Orloff, the band's manager. Archived here.
  6. ^ Direct from Brooklyn 1999 video compilation
  7. ^ a b c "The Statue Got Me High" liner notes
  8. ^ Apollo 18 liner notes

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