Studio album by They Might Be Giants
|First released|| October 8, 1996
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|Tracks||14 (Counting hidden track)||Last album||John Henry|
|Label||Elektra <61862>||Length||43:32 (With hidden track)||Next album||Long Tall Weekend|
According to A Guided Tour Of Factory Showroom (a press release from the band), the album was mainly written during a series of shows at the Mercury Lounge in New York City and short east coast and midwest tours. The album was recorded in New York City, including at the band's personal studios. It was the second album that they recorded with a full band, which included Brian Doherty (drums), Graham Maby (bass), and Eric Schermerhorn (lead guitar). The album was also the band's first in which Pat Dillett worked with TMBG as their producer.
In addition to recording in New York City, the band was able to make a series of Wax Cylinder Recordings at the Edison Laboratories in West Orange, NJ. The band performed the songs in front of a small audience, singing and playing acoustic instruments into a pair of enormous metal cones, which fed the sound into a hundred year old non-electrical recording device created by Thomas Edison in the 1890s. One of these recordings, "I Can Hear You," made its way onto Factory Showroom.
A cassette of the recording sessions was leaked to the public by an unknown source, much to the disapproval of John and John. The cassette included demo versions of "Older" and "On The Drag" that are unavailable elsewhere. It contained 22 tracks, which was substantially more than the 14 tracks (including the hidden track) that were released on the final album.
Factory Showroom only yielded one single, S-E-X-X-Y, which failed to chart on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. The album itself peaked at #89 on the Billboard 200 for the week of October 26, 1996, but only spent two short weeks on the chart before dropping off.
|0||Token Back To Brooklyn||1:02|
|2||Till My Head Falls Off||2:53|
|3||How Can I Sing Like A Girl?||4:32|
|4||Exquisite Dead Guy||2:02|
|6||New York City||3:02|
|7||Your Own Worst Enemy||1:45|
|8||XTC Vs. Adam Ant||3:37|
|10||James K. Polk||3:04|
|12||I Can Hear You||1:57|
|13||The Bells Are Ringing||3:32|