Famous Fans

From This Might Be A Wiki

Fans of TMBG who are well-known or sort of well-known. This page will hopefully lead Wikians onto other authors, musicians, and artists they might like -- sort of a general review of everything cool in American culture, linked together by John and John.

  • Madeleine Albright - Former US Secretary of State[1]
  • Danny Baker - UK DJ (DJ of the Year 2004) and comedy writer.
  • Barenaked Ladies - Is stated that They Might be Giants is an influence for them, as stated on their iTunes biography page. Guitarist/singer/songwriter Steven Page has also expressed his admiration of Fingertips:"They Might Be Giants records are awesome and I think... they've set the bar for me, for kids records, and for me, I just wanna be able to meet the standard that they've set, because we had, uh...we took a family vacation this year driving around Canada, and uh, we had XM on the radio in the car, and my kids were listening to the XM kids channel a lot of the time, and there's so much horrendous kids music out there. So what I'd hear a They Might Be Giants song come on it was a welcome relief. Because I had my iPod, we could listen to...to uh...Fingertips or something like that and the kids would be just happy."
  • Frank Black - Pixies frontman
  • Car Seat Headrest - References Ana Ng in the song "Cute Thing", lists the Johns in the "Special Thanks" section of the release notes of their upcoming re-recording of their album Twin Fantasy[2].
  • Orson Scott Card - "Oh, I love They Might Be Giants. I just don't think of them by their initials. Mystery solved. Thanks." - After being told what TMBG stood for in a username on his online forum.
  • The Brothers Chaps - Creators of Homestar Runner. They are fans of TMBG, and TMBG are fans of them. They worked with TMBG on some stuff for their site.
  • Neil Cicierega - American musician, filmmaker, comedian. Covered "Birdhouse In Your Soul" as "Lemon Demon".
  • Cloud Nothings - Dylan Baldi, frontman of Cloud Nothings - "The first record I bought was probably horrible. It was probably like... It was a They Might Be Giants album, actually. No, and that's awesome. That's not terrible at all. That band rules."
  • Stephen Colbert - One of the very first episodes of The Colbert Report had a quick TMBG reference, his affiliation with Jon Stewart's show (Jon Stewart is friends with the band), his mysterious appearance in the People Are Wrong! program, and the fact that they all reside in New York all point to some sort of affiliation.
  • Elvis Costello - Stated that he likes "Youth Culture Killed My Dog". TMBG opened for him at multiple shows in August 1995. He also came close to producing Apollo 18'.
  • David Cross - actor, comedian
  • Jonathan Coulton - Cites TMBG as an influence here, and covers "Birdhouse in Your Soul".
  • Dan Deacon - "As soon as I heard the first few chords of "Ana Ng", I was in love. Everything about the album was magic: the artwork, the lyrics, the instrument choices, the arrangements, the timbres of their voices. It was perfect. It was everything I ever wanted to hear but didn't know until hearing it." pitchfork.com [3]
  • Bob Dylan - Famous folk musician. According to Clive Langer and Bono (via Jeremy Chatzky), Dylan is a fan of the band. Dylan has also played "Bangs" on his radio show.
  • Open Mike Eagle - Rapper from Chicago, who has referenced both "Don't Let's Start" and "Weep Day" in his lyrics, and has given glowing reviews to the band in Pitchfork Media. Served as the judge for the video contest for "I Left My Body" in late 2017.
  • Dave Eggers - author, publishing mogul
  • Glenn Eichler - creator and co-executive producer of Daria
  • Paul Feig - Creator of Freaks and Geeks. Quoted "Number Three" in his book, Kick Me.
  • Craig Ferguson - Scottish comedian, host of The Late Late Show. Besides TMBG appearing on his show a couple times, on an episode when interviewing Doris Kearns Goodwin, he specifically referred to the song James K. Polk as the reason he knew so much about Polk.
  • Jake Fogelnest - Host of Squirt TV on MTV. "Minimum Wage" was the theme song, and he was often wearing TMBG shirts on his show.
  • Neil Gaiman - author of Coraline
  • Janeane Garofalo - actor, comedian
  • Dave Gorman - documentary comedian. "A fantastic and incredibly prolific band. Good tunes and silly songs that aren't really silly" (from the links page on his site). Favorite albums are Flood and Lincoln.
  • John and Hank Green - known as the "Vlogbrothers" on YouTube, an author and his musician brother.
  • Rupert Grint - as Ron Weasley in Harry Potter films. Called "I Am Not Your Broom" a "cool track".
  • Nic Harcourt - British expat working in America as a radio host, best known for his time at KCRW in Santa Monica, CA.[4]
  • Melissa Joan Hart - "I actually got the job for Clarissa Explains It All because of They Might Be Giants. The producer asked me about music, and I told them I liked TMBG (instead of popular bands like New Kids on the Block). He loved it, I got the job and then they worked TMBG into the show by putting the poster in the room." [5]
  • Andrew Huang - Canadian musician. Covered "Birdhouse In Your Soul" and "Experimental Film" as "SongsToWearPantsTo".
  • Mark Hoppus - bassist of Blink 182
  • Phill Jupitus - British comedian
  • Iain Lee - British comedian, radio host. Has had TMBG on his radio show and has on occasion sang along with all of "Birdhouse In Your Soul" on air. He's said on his Facebook page that he loves TMBG.
  • Samm Levine - American actor and comedian[6]
  • Rob Malda - "CmdrTaco" of Slashdot fame, one of the world's most visited news sites.
  • Merlin Mann - Occasionally talks about how great TMBG is on the Rodrick on the Line podcast with John Roderick.
  • Michael McKean - Appears in Gigantic reciting "The End Of The Tour" and in the extras performing "I Palindrome I". On the DVD commentary AJ Schnack mentions that McKean needed no prompting or rehearsal to recite the lyrics to these, and that he arrived prepared to recite "The End Of The Tour" in addition to the two songs he was asked to review. (The third song was "Spiraling Shape".) When asked what he has on his iPod, in an interview, he responded "I probably have more They Might Be Giants than anything. I have everything they have ever done — including their podcasts."
  • Tim Minchin - Australian musical comedian.
  • Chris Morris - British comedian. Played many TMBG songs whilst working as a DJ on Radio 1 and GLR in the early nineties, including "Kiss Me, Son Of God" and "We Want A Rock". Did a pastiche of the band (to the tune of "Dead" for a GLR jingle. A snippet from "Minimum Wage" can also be heard in a sketch from the 1991 Radio 4 series, On The Hour, which Morris presented.
  • Mike Myers - Attended the 10-02-04 Irving Plaza show. "Mr. Mike Myers came backstage to say hello and got into the battle of the Scottish accents with Mr. Speiser." - From Dan Miller's show comments.
  • Elizabeth Nelson - Co-founder of indie band The Paranoid Style. Described growing up listening to TMBG in the 1980s. [7]
  • Nick Offerman - Parks and Recreation star who professed his love for TMBG on Kevin Pollak's Chat Show #115[8] and in his 2015 book Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers.[9] Stars in the official video for "The Greatest".
  • Natalie Portman - Attended the May 6, 2007 show at Princeton, NJ.
  • Terry Pratchett - author of the Discworld series, which once had an all-dwarf rock band called "We're Certainly Dwarves". Claims that "Where Your Eyes Don't Go" is the creepiest song he's ever heard.
  • Keanu Reeves - Famous Hollywood actor and star of Speed.
  • Andy Richter - Sidekick for Conan O'Brien, appeared in Gigantic reciting lyrics to "I Should Be Allowed To Think", and narrated TMBG's Venue Songs set at their House of Blues show in 2005.
  • Paul Sahre - states that TMBG is one of his favorite bands.
  • Adam Schlesinger - of Fountains of Wayne, Ivy, and "That Thing You Do" fame
  • Harry Shearer - Was spotted backstage at a TMBG show by AJ Schnack and recites the song "They Might Be Giants" in Gigantic; includes TMBG songs with some regularity in his long-running Le Show.
  • Kid Sister - American female rap artist has said whenever she plays They Might Be Giants' kids music, her dogs get really excited and crazy.
  • Al Stewart - Scottish folk singer of "Year of the Cat" (top ten in US and UK, 1976) and more, heard praising band and doing a rendition of "Ana Ng" on UK Radio London (Danny Baker Show). Cited "Birdhouse in Your Soul" as his favorite pop song of the last twenty years when he played an acoustic guitar cover of it at The Point in Bryn Mawr, PA on New Year's Eve 2004. Also loves "Dinner Bell" and "Metal Detector".
  • Jon Stewart - Friend of the band, TMBG covered "Dog On Fire" as the theme tune to his Comedy Central series The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. His interview with the Johns appears in Gigantic
  • Doug TenNapel - Creator of Earthworm Jim and Catscratch
  • Scott Thompson, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Dave Foley - In addition to their declared fandom, "Spiraling Shape" appears on the Kids In The Hall - Brain Candy OST and briefly in the film itself.
  • TV On The Radio -Recorded a cover of "Dead", also listed "Birdhouse In Your Soul" on iTunes playlist saying, "A true miracle in lyric, and the oddest instrumentation."
  • Lee Unkrich - Pixar genius and director of Toy Story 3, listed as member of Instant Fan Club on Nanobots sleeve.
  • Jhonen Vasquez - Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Invader Zim. "I used to be big on them a looooooong time ago."
  • Suzanne Vega - Listed Lincoln as "one of the greatest albums of the 1980s" in Rolling Stone. She also thanked/credited the Johns in her 1990 album Days of Open Hand, in which the track "Tired of Sleeping" features John Linnell on accordion.
  • Sarah Vowell - author, NPR commentator, voice of Violet in Pixar's The Incredibles. Wrote an essay about the band for the liner notes of Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants.
  • Jimmy Wales - Founder of Wikipedia.[10]
  • Weezer - Stated They Might Be Giants as an influence for them.
  • Wil Wheaton - actor, blog author
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic - "TMBG... prolific, smart, funny, great guys. One of my all-time favorite bands." Wrote and recorded "Everything You Know Is Wrong" on his Bad Hair Day album (1996), a pastiche of/tribute to early-period TMBG. Al also reports on the commentary for the Weird Al Show DVD set that TMBG is his three-year-old daughter Nina's second favorite artist, next to Ben Folds.

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