They Might be Giants "Don't Worry Kyoko" (lost pre-band Yoko Ono cover; 1970s)

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John Linnell and John Flansburgh in High school.

Status: Lost

They Might Be Giants is an alternative rock band which was formed by John Linnell and John Flansburgh in 1982. The two officially met in high school prior to the official formation of the band while working on the school paper. Over the years the band gained a cult following and worldwide recognition. The band is still active as of 2018.

Recording "Don't Worry Kyoko"

Around the mid to late 1970's, during the time John Linnell and John Flansburgh were in high school, they had recorded themselves doing a cover of Yoko Ono's "Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking For A Hand In The Snow)" on Flansburgh's reel-to-reel. It's unknown what year it was when the cover was recorded, but the ages of the two have ranged from 15 to 17. On TMBG.com's FAQ, it states;

"What was the name of the first song you ever recorded?"
"We're not sure, but it might be a version of Yoko Ono's song "Don't Worry Kyoko, Mummy's Only Looking For A Hand In The Snow" that we recorded on Flansburgh's reel-to-reel when we were around 15. We sang with faux Rod Serling voices."

The two had sung intentionally with voices similar to that of Rod Serling, the narrator for the 1950's Twilight Zone. The tape is regarded as one of the first recordings of the two together but was before They Might Be Giants had been formed as a band.

Last Known Location

In 1996, John Flansburgh was interviewed by ICE Newsletter;

"I found a tape of John and I performing a Yoko Ono song when we were 17 years old. It's pretty amazing in a weird way... but I don't think we're ready to go public with that."

As of this current year, it's unknown whether or not he still has the tape in question.

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