Originally, from 1998 to 2000, DialASong.com hosted Free Tunes via a QuickTime player. In the early 2000s, it evolved into a Flash site that acted as an online version of Dial-A-Song, providing new songs and rarities. After Dial-A-Song was retired, the site was used to promote its stand-in, the They Might Be Giants Podcast. In 2014, the band announced that it would become the home of their Dial-A-Song project for 2015.
Current site (October 2014 - present)[edit | edit source]
In October 2014, the band posted a teaser video to DialASong.com revealing the return of the Dial-A-Song website for January 2015. The description of the video reads, "For 2015 They Might Be Giants will be posting a new song online every week at dialasong.com. Yep. Exactly." When asked if the content on the new Dial-A-Song site would be demos, new material, or old rarities, John Flansburgh replied that "it will be all those things".
The redesigned site was launched on December 8, 2014 with "Got Getting Up So Down (Extended)" as a "test" track. For the rest of December, the site has played "I Wasn't Listening", a new song about the return of Dial-A-Song. The site also heralded the return of Clock Radio in 2015.
Upon loading, the site plays a brief clip from Glean's title track over an introductory video, then cuts to a looping animation of a telephone with the name of the current track superimposed over it. From this point, visitors can click "listen" to hear the current track or navigate to previous tracks using the arrows on either side of the page. The "Dial-A-Song" bell in the top-right corner is a navigation button.
Previous versions[edit | edit source]
QuickTime stream (December 1998 to March 2000)[edit | edit source]
Initially, DialASong.com hosted a QuickTime stream that offered a new track once or twice a month. A full list is available on the Free Tunes page. The stream included both new studio tracks and a few demos during its existence.
Flash site (March 2000 to August 2006)[edit | edit source]
From March 2000 to August 2006, DialASong.com was an online version of the Dial-A-Song service that let fans listen to unreleased or rare songs, demos, and other They Might Be Giants songs. The Chopping Block design for the site seemed to be modeled after a sinister carnival. A random song was played when a visitor clicked on an animated target, at which point an cartoon mustachioed man would crank his music box to reveal a telephone playing a song.
Tracks featured[edit | edit source]
Titles are given as they appeared on the website.
- A Chopping Block Testimonial
- A Shooting Star is Not a Star
- Alienation's For the Rich (Demo)
- All Alone
- Another First Kiss
- Become a Robot
- Best of Spin the Country Dial
- Best of Spin the Dial
- Blind (Demchuk)
- Bottom of the Sea
- Budnitz 1
- Cabbagetown (Demo)
- Chaos By Design (Colorwheel)
- Concrete and Clay
- Cut The Strings (Demchuk)
- Cyclops Rock
- Dan Hickey's Actual Drums
- Dollar For Dollar
- Drinkin (Live Radio)
- Even My T-Shirt
- Finished With Lies
- Getting All McGyver on it
- Headless (Naykid Eyez)
- Hi Honey, I'm Home
- I Am the Biggest One
- I'm Your Boyfriend Now (Demo)
- Indian Ocean
- Indiana Wants Me
- Its Getting Late
- It's Not My Birthday
- It's So Loud In Here
- I've Got a Fang
- Kid's Are Different Now! (Spool 409)
- Kings Of The Cave
- Lincoln, Washington and that Jefferson Guy
- Lines Upon A Tranquil Brow
- Maybe I Know (A Wax Cylinder Special)
- Medley: 1999 - Cowtown (Live)
- Medley: Where Your Eyes Don't Go - Why Does the Sun Shine?
- Mink Car (Demo)
- Mister Me (Demo)
- Monsters of Mud
- Museum of Idiots
- Mystery Track
- Oh Do Not Forsake Me (Demo)
- Oranges and Graphic Design
- Outboard Part of Man
- Particle Man (Demo)
- Ram On (Paul McCartney)
- Rhythm Section Want Ad (Demo)
- Robert Lowell
- Rocket Ship (early version of Spiraling Shape)
- Sally Boy
- Save Your Life (Bog Standard)
- Seven Eleven
- Somebody's Body
- Something You'd Like To See (Little Lisa Whitman)
- The Armys Tired Now
- The Big Big Whoredom
- The Bloodboat
- Theme From Unlimited
- They Might Be Giants (Demo)
- They Might Be Giants (Rough Cut)
- Tiny Doctors
- To the Bubblecraft (With Elegant Too)
- Too Cool Girls (With the Velcro Horns)
- Truth In Words
- Two Plus Three Equals One
- We're All Alone
- WMOB Radio
- Words Are Like (The Crummer Family)
- Your Mom's Allright (with Doughty)
They Might Be Giants Podcast site (August 2006 to October 2014)[edit | edit source]
The website opened up displaying a large crowd of people holding up their cell phones to make a glowing galaxy of LCD screen lights. It then redirected to the main page after five seconds. The main page had links to three secondary pages, all revolving around the They Might Be Giants Podcast. (All references to the actual Dial-A-Song service are gone.) The first of three pages had information regarding subscription to the podcast, the second also told how to subscribe and also contains Their "second legal notice ever," saying that the songs and podcasts by They Might Be Giants are solely Their property and that fans should not exploit TMBG's generosity. The third page contained an archive of all of the podcasts to download, with the links hidden off far to the right side of the page in front of somebody reading a copy of The Skeleton in the Closet, an essay from Clarence S. Darrow's Little Blue Book Series (circa 1920s).
On every page, there were a few seemingly random pictures used as backgrounds, including photographs of an old newspaper, a series of radio knobs, a drum set, and a coastal town. When a mouse moved over certain pictures, their colors became inverted, and if clicked (which eludes some people, as it is not the most user-friendly interface), a window with the DialASong.com media player popped up.
Originally, clicking 'TMBG' in the player produced a download link, but the links were not functional and were quickly removed.
Tracks featured[edit | edit source]
- Cast Your Pod To The Wind
- Podcast Remix
- Yeah, The Deranged Millionaire
- Turtle Songs Of North America
- E Eats Everything (Elegant Too Remix)
- La Dolce Malcolm
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The title at the very top of each page, the band's name is rendered "They MIght Be GIants".
- When one clicked the photo of a bird that leds to "Homunculus", the bird was given a mustache in addition to inverted colors.