Phoning It In: “I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar”


They Might Be Giants have resurrected their ingenious Dial-A-Song concept by streaming a new song each week of 2015 at MAGNET’s Matthew Fritch reviews them all.

These things happened, but not in chronological order:

Jonathan Richman writes the song “I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar.”

Frank Black writes the song “The Man Who Was Too Loud” as a tribute to Jonathan Richman.

John Flansburgh directs the video for Frank Black’s “Los Angeles,” and it features a badass hovercraft scene.

Frank Black, under the name Judge Black Francis, judges a video contest for They Might Be Giants’ “Erase,” the strongest 2015 Dial-A-Song entry thus far.

They Might Be Giants covers Jonathan Richman’s “I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar” for Dial-A-Song.

MAGNET doofus gives the TMBG version a 5/10, because it is a good choice for a cover song and the execution is OK—there is really not much anyone could do to improve upon the original, except I have a few terrible ideas:

“I Was Dancing In Dickensian Garb”
“John, I’m Only Dancing In The Lesbian Bar”
“What’d We Stop Here On The Mezzanine For?”

File-A-Song: 5/10