Don't Let's Start (EP)

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Don't Let's Start
EP by They Might Be Giants
First released November 2, 1987
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Tracks 4
Label Bar/None <AHAON-004> Length 7:38


Don't Let's Start was released as a maxi-single from They Might Be Giants in 1987 through Bar/None, and later Restless Records, with distribution initially handled by ESD.

The cover art for this release is credited to Mark Mazut, though the illustration originates from an an educational children's book discovered by John Flansburgh, who made a few cosmetic changes to the original image. The photograph on the back of the vinyl release and the front of the CD release of the EP features part of an unusual stage prop created for the Johns by Barbara Lipp.

Purchase[edit | edit source]

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Track listing[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Don't Let's Start (Single Mix) 2:35 
2 We're The Replacements 1:55 
3 When It Rains It Snows 1:36 
4 The Famous Polka 1:32 

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The CD single was issued on a 3" disc instead of a standard 5" disc. This was a short-lived convention for CD singles that began in the mid-1980s.
  • On the vinyl release, the catalogue number stamped in the lead-out groove is accompanied by the number for Dial-A-Song.

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Australian 7"[edit | edit source]

Don't Let's Start single cover
Don't Let's Start
Single by They Might Be Giants
First released 1988
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Tracks 2
Label Rough Trade <651693 7> Length 4:25
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Track listing[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Don't Let's Start (Single Mix) 2:35 
2 We're The Replacements 1:50 

Elektra reissues[edit | edit source]

12" single[edit | edit source]

Don't Let's Start ep cover
Don't Let's Start
EP by They Might Be Giants
First released 1990
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Tracks 4
Label Elektra <EKR 115> Length 11:40


This reissue was released in 1990 and featured completely different B-sides in order to promote Flood. The cover artwork prominently features the robot Metal Mickey from the 1980s UK television show of the same name.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Don't Let's Start (Single Mix) 2:35 
2 Your Racist Friend (Sampladelic Remix) 3:50  N/A
3 She's An Angel 2:37 
4 Absolutely Bill's Mood 2:38 


7" single[edit | edit source]

Don't Let's Start single cover
Don't Let's Start
Single by They Might Be Giants
First released 1990
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Tracks 3
Label Elektra <EKR 115> Length 5:36
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Track listing[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Don't Let's Start (Single Mix) 2:35 
2 Letterbox 1:25 
3 Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love 1:36 

UK 10" single[edit | edit source]

Don't Let's Start single cover
Don't Let's Start
Single by They Might Be Giants
First released 1990
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Tracks 3
Label Elektra <EKR 115TE> Length 11:37



Track listing[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Don't Let's Start (Single Mix) 2:35 
2 Your Racist Friend (Sampladelic Remix) 3:50  N/A
3 Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (Brownsville Mix) 5:12  N/A

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This is the only TMBG release on 10" vinyl.