September 10, 2006

Human Interest Story

Human Interest Story, I won't look at you.
I have no time for you.
That beard of bees, it has no power over me
I won't look at you.
I have no time for you.

Those are the lyrics to a funny song on a Dunkin Donuts commercial.

When I first saw the commercial, I didn't understand it because I didn't listen to the song.

After I listened to the song, I thought it was funny, but I couldn't remember what the commercial was advertising.

Now, I know it's Dunkin Donuts, and I love the commercial.

I can't say it's a really successful ad because of how hard it is to catch on to it and recall what I'm supposed to buy from it, but I love it. It cracks me up to see the little dogs getting married and the people lip synching to the song.

It just cracks me up!

WAY better than that Head On series of advertisements.

Posted by Flibbertigibbet at September 10, 2006 05:47 PM | TrackBack

I liked the commercial too. But I cannot find out who sings the song. Does anyone know who sings the song? I searched google with this exact inquiry =!+&hl=en&lr=&filter=0 , and received four search results !! From Google! Well, after I picked my lip up off the ground, I came to this blog, because it was the only one out of the four which referenced the commercial and therefore the song. Someone please help me out. Worse case scenario the song is just a made up jingle for the commercial. But, it is very rhythmic, Jamaican-esque, and as Flibbertigibbet mention before me, too unbefitting anything remotely evocative of the Dunkin Doughnuts brand or products to support the likelihood of a made up jingle; it references no products. Please help me out and send responses to

Posted by: Jerry at September 11, 2006 03:57 PM



Posted by: caitlin at September 12, 2006 07:40 PM


Posted by: kate at September 12, 2006 08:29 PM

I'm obsessed too...if anyone knows, please post it!

Posted by: Pat at September 13, 2006 12:21 AM

Human interest story by they might be giants

Posted by: Ryan at September 13, 2006 01:14 AM

thank you!
but i cannot find the song under that name anywhere!

Posted by: caitlin at September 13, 2006 05:30 PM

plz find this song, i dont think its they might be giants, though dunkin did use there songs in previous commercials, this is the only place that mentions the commercial.... ugh

Posted by: dom at September 13, 2006 10:41 PM

oh my goodness, the head on commercials. Head on, apply directly to the forehead! now there's a commercial that really drills itself into your head.

Posted by: Meg at September 13, 2006 11:57 PM

Man, I'm addicted too. And I'm glad I'm not the only one. If you find out, let me know as well.

Posted by: Daryl at September 14, 2006 01:16 AM

I lookeed through all of the They Might Be Giants albums, and that song isn't on any of them. And, as a fan of the band, I gotta say, it doesn't really sound like any of the singers in the band. I need to find out, that song is awesome.

Posted by: Tim at September 14, 2006 10:15 PM

Ahhh! I thought I was the only one that really liked this song. I need it!! I've been asking around but nobody has a clue. :(

Posted by: shk at September 14, 2006 11:06 PM

Oh my god, I'm so glad I found other people who are obsessed with the human interest story ad! I agree that it doesn't sound like TMBG, notwithstanding the coolness of both the ad and TMBG.

Posted by: corrie at September 15, 2006 12:33 AM

lmao, everyone found this site b/c they googled the lyrics to the song. how hilarious and good/bad for the webmaster of this page. anyway, yea im obsessed with the song too and can't find it anywhere. pls email me if you find out who sang it or if its a jingle tell me where i can download it. thx

Posted by: james at September 15, 2006 01:34 AM

Hahaha wow I thought I was the only one ^_^;

I have nothing to say that hasn't been said before...any luck anyone?

Posted by: Dani M at September 15, 2006 01:42 AM

I need this song. It will haunt my dreams until I find out what it is.

Posted by: Alexander at September 15, 2006 01:56 AM

Found on the Forum:
It's an unreleased song done by They Might Be Giants. They'll probably eventually put it up for download.

Posted by: dawn at September 15, 2006 04:26 AM

This is awesome. I love you all, cause I have been wondering what this song is since I heard it! I kept hearing it over and over on the commercial, it was making me crazy! Good song.

I feel so understood. :)


Posted by: Ashley at September 15, 2006 05:28 AM

My blog is so boring and now all of a sudden people are flocking here because of a silly commercial.

So Weird.

Posted by: Flibby at September 15, 2006 12:08 PM

i know im about to help a lot of lost souls on the internet that are searching for this song:

there you go. scroll down and they have all the dunkin donut songs done by 'they might be giants', the only problem is they still have the tagline, but hey its still a great song

Posted by: james at September 15, 2006 12:31 PM

THANKS!! it probably is an unreleased song because I can't find it anywhere, so they might have it up soon, like the full version of it.

Posted by: caitlin at September 15, 2006 02:36 PM

yeah, all of dunkin donuts commercials songs are by they might be giants...I love all of their commercials lol...Its like one million degrees

Posted by: Olga at September 16, 2006 04:18 PM

Thank God for the internet. I may have possibly been alone forever in my love of this commercial without you. Thanks James for the link, too bad the clip minus tagline is only like 15 seconds. Can someone get this commercial up on youtube?

Posted by: Cody at September 16, 2006 06:45 PM

I seriously doubt that this song is by They Might Be Giants. I'm a long-time fan of TMBG and I'd know their voices anywhere... I've heard them on other commercials and a few TV show theme songs ("Malcolm in the Middle" and "The Oblongs"), but I think you need to keep looking on this one.

Posted by: Cynthia at September 17, 2006 07:56 AM

Cynthia, I'm inclined to agree with you. I've been a TMBG fan for almost 10 years now and the singer in that song doesn't sound anything like them.

I could be wrong, but I am honestly skeptical.

Posted by: Flibby at September 17, 2006 11:30 AM

I can't believe some of you people think that this series of commercials don't sound like TMBG!

When I heard all of these commercials, the first band I thought of was They Might Be Giants.

I think it's really obvious that they are They Might Be Giants songs.

Posted by: Arie at September 17, 2006 02:27 PM

HA! I just wanted to add my name to the people who found their way to this forum after googling the lyrics, after seeing the commercial. I feel like a drone! Good song!

Posted by: Daygator at September 17, 2006 07:20 PM

i'm hooked on this song too. Thanks for the info!

Posted by: ben at September 17, 2006 07:42 PM

From the above mentioned website:

Human Interest Story
From This Might Be A Wiki
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Song Name: Human Interest Story

Artist: They Might Be Giants

Album: Unreleased

Track Number:

Year: 2006

Run Time: 0:30

Sung By: John Linnell

Trivia / Info:

* A song created by TMBG for the Dunkin' Donuts "America Runs On Dunkin'" ad campaign, but released at a later point in time than the others.
* This is the first of the Dunkin' Donuts ads to be sung by John Linnell.

Song Themes: Ads, Insects, Songs Used In Commercials

Posted by: ben at September 17, 2006 07:49 PM

I don't know how we can possibly begin to thank your hard work and determination in this matter. Ther should be more Americans like us.

Posted by: the Bears Hairs at September 18, 2006 12:10 AM

the singer sounds NOTHING like John Linnell how can any of you think it's TMBG. seriously if anyone knows who really sings the song please tell me so I can get it.

Posted by: Aaron at September 18, 2006 02:27 AM

I too founf this song on google. IT IS UNBELIVABLE

Posted by: DonkeyPuncher at September 18, 2006 05:09 AM

yeah this song is great, and I have been a they might be giants fan since flood, and I actually do believe it is them. this song is pretty awesome

Posted by: andy at September 18, 2006 08:35 AM

Well, if someone on the internet said it's TMBG, then it must be true. I mean, no one lies on the internet, right?

Do you know what's amazing to me? That I've gotten SO many comments on this post. It's a little bit nuts.

Posted by: Flibby at September 18, 2006 08:44 AM

Well I found this site the same way everyone else did and guess what.. im just as confused as when I started... !!!!! HURRAYYYYYY ... this song damn well better have a full version and not just be some 30 second jingle for DD....

Posted by: Bradford at September 18, 2006 08:55 PM

Yes I think the baby of Millard Fillmore and Reptilicus would be proud of this site. Just by this comment alone it's pirattitude has risen 13.2%. Anyways, the song is pretty good but its no match for The Rubberband Man. The Spinners were freaking pimps.

Posted by: Tom'd Ha at September 18, 2006 09:52 PM

i too am a lost soul searching the depths of the internets bowels trying to find the origins of the human interest story commercial. This is the first good hit i've had in a week. They might be giants eh? i never would have guessed... i was thinking something more like "men at work"... but thank you all that have contributed, i can now sleep peacefully...

Posted by: Adam at September 19, 2006 08:25 PM

I really don't understand how you self-proclaimed TMBG fans can say it doesn't sound like them! I knew it was Linnell the first time I heard it, both because of the smart randomness of the lyrics and the voice. The voice cadence and inflection sounds a lot like Dr. Worm, there's no mistaking it. And incidentally, the TMBW site is about as reputable a source as you can get when it comes to matters of TMBG. It's not some miscellaneous blog post or something.

Posted by: Jared at September 20, 2006 02:14 PM

Jared, settle down.

I was just about to head out of my apartment and gather up all the other people who don't think it sounds like John and set up a shrine outside of your house as the greatest TMBG fan ever.

I mean, who else could who else could qualify a single pop-culture reference (beard of bees) as both SMART and RANDOM and, above that, properly attribute the 15 seconds of lyrics and music to the right source apart from the sound of the voice singing it. Truly, you ARE the greatest fan.

But you can't seriously expect us to gather up all the candles, flowers, and sweetmeats necessary for such an offering over night.

The quorum of most unworthy fans of TMBG have yet to vote on this, but I think it's safe to tell you now that we were also going to give official recognition to you as the authority on the truthiness of everything that appears on the internet. I mean, how could we possibly question the reliability of a wiki?!? We're fools! FOOLS!

Thank you so much, Jared, for coming to my lowly blog and showing your obvious disdain for us. It keeps us from getting too big for our britches. We're most unworthy. Thank you for reminding us.

Posted by: Flibby at September 20, 2006 06:19 PM

All sarcasm aside, as stated earlier, I understand that I may be mistaken. It's been a while since I've listened to my TMBG albums and this commercial could very well be theirs. It seems likely given that TMBG has worked on all the other ads in this campaign.

If it's an unreleased album and it doesn't appear anywhere but on a wiki AND one doesn't recognize the voice of John Linnell, it's not unreasonable to desire some additional verification, such as a statement from the add agency, Hill & Holiday, or Dunkin' Donuts.

At any rate, we're talking about a commercial. It really doesn't require this much discussion.

Posted by: Flibby at September 20, 2006 06:45 PM

Flibby, I appreciate you putting me in my place. Didn't mean for my email to come across as haughty or represent myself as the definitive TMBG fan, so I'm glad you called me out. I was just surprised that other TMBG fans didn't get the TMBG vibe from the commercial. All apologies to those whose allegiance I may have inadvertently questioned.

Posted by: Jared at September 21, 2006 10:52 AM

I tease because I care.

Posted by: Flibby at September 21, 2006 12:20 PM

Hey everyone! I found this site by googling the words in the Dunkin' commercial. When are TMBG going to release the full version of this song? As an artist myself, I must admit that this is a dope track.

Posted by: Giovanni at September 29, 2006 09:37 PM

After 21 years of listening to TMBG I wouldn't have to hear the voice to know this is their song. Flansy and Linnell write and style like no others. These are not cheap imitation lyrics. Please folk family, who else can sing of the absurd in such a serious way? Linnell often changes voice and texture. Ask my 6 year old who does that song and he will tell you it's the same guy from Here Come the ABC's and NO!

Posted by: Milton at September 29, 2006 10:08 PM


Posted by: Scott at September 30, 2006 12:24 AM

Those of you who claim that these lyrics are inimicably and unmistakably TMBG are foolish.

There simply isn't enough material to those lyrics to establish the identity of the writer to claim superior or inferior quality.

The structure is extremely basic. The first line of the first "stanza" announces the general topic and is followed by two lines of "chorus." The first line of the second "stanza" provides a specific, common example of the topic introduced in the first. Again the "chorus is repeated.

Folks, I hate to break it to you: It's a JINGLE.

It may be part of a longer song, but without the additional material there is insufficient evidence to identify the author.

I will close the comments to this discussion if another one of you schmucks comes on here and insults or condescends to me and anyone else who does not recognize the voice in the song. I don't care if you're the biggest TMBG fan ever or that your six year old child has perfect pitch. Neither of those are acceptable evidence for the case.

It seems likely that the song is by TMBG given that they've provided the music for all the other commercials in this campaign. Were it not for that fact, you'd have a hard time convincing me of even the possibility.

Posted by: Flibby at September 30, 2006 10:46 AM

haha i wasnt completely sure but i kept thinking it sounds like something tmbg wrote-i wasnt sure if one of the johns that was singing, he does sound a bit different--thanks for the info! i cant believe theres so much hype over this commercial--leave it to the giants!

Posted by: laura at October 5, 2006 06:39 PM

Why are you people so damn obsessed with a song from donut commercial? ZOMG that BK commercial sang about having it my way I MUST HAVE THAT SONG!

Posted by: T at October 9, 2006 05:08 PM