Phoning It In: “Black Ops”


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.

In a previous post, I suggested the Johns add another John to the band in order to be more like the Ramones. This week, it turns out They Might Be Giants made a subtle move toward my position. They may not have added another John, but “Black Ops” is the most Ramones-ian of Dial-A-Song installments yet. Perhaps not so surprising, my main criticism of the song is that it’s slightly too long. Also not surprising is my resolve to no longer offer Insane And Unsolicited Advice to the Johns. If there’s even a slim chance TMBG is surveilling this series of blog posts, I don’t want to be the one who gets disappeared. “Black ops, black ops/A holiday for secret cops.”

File-A-Song: 7/10