I Like Fun

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I Like Fun album cover
I Like Fun
Studio album by They Might Be Giants
Release date January 19, 2018
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Tracks 15 Last album Phone Power
Label Idlewild Recordings Length 40:58

This page is for the album. For the song of the same name, see I Like Fun (Song).

I Like Fun is the 20th studio album by They Might Be Giants. The band began recording on April 3, 2017,[1] using the same studio space that they did for Flood. The album was released on the 19th of January, 2018.

A video showing the process for creating the album cover for I Like Fun

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Background[edit | edit source]

On Facebook, when asked on how the title of the album was decided, Flansburgh commented "It is the name of one of the songs, and we were having a hard time coming up with something as a stand alone title, so when we reviewed the songs it seemed to work. The song itself is not as happy as the title suggests, but we are a complicated band."

When asked about the album's subject matter as it relates to current events, John Linnell said that current events affected the album "in a general way, but they're not specifically topical songs." John Flansburgh also mentioned the relatively political nature of the album was in line with their previous work on The Else.[2]

The album's track listing was revealed on October 23, alongside an early download of the track "I Left My Body".[3] An early press release briefly visible on Amazon in November 2017 referred to the album by an earlier title, "My Murdered Remains", a reference to a line in "Mrs. Bluebeard". The band later used the title for its next album. Track 11 appears on many online track listings as well as the US and UK album packaging as "When The Light Comes On", which the band acknowledged was an error.[4] The error was fixed for the Australian album packaging, though with alternative internal art substituted[5].

As part of their announcement for the 2018 iteration of Dial-A-Song, it was announced that music videos would be released for each song for I Like Fun, beginning with the title track on January 17, 2018, two days before the album's release.

Prior to the track listing announcement, TMBG had revealed on social media the names of the following tracks, which were slated for inclusion on the album. "Let's Get This Over With" was originally revealed as "After All the Spelling Mistakes", and the other songs announced were "Chip The CHiP", "Moonbeam Ray", and "Only Going to Go One Way".[6]

Track listing[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Let's Get This Over With 3:07


2 I Left My Body 2:36


3 All Time What 2:29


4 By The Time You Get This 2:17


5 An Insult To The Fact Checkers 2:34


6 Mrs. Bluebeard 2:43


7 I Like Fun 3:00


8 Push Back The Hands 3:01


9 This Microphone 2:36


10 The Bright Side 2:29


11 When The Lights Come On 3:17


12 Lake Monsters 2:56


13 McCafferty's Bib 2:35


14 The Greatest 1:48


15 Last Wave 3:24