Joshua Fried has done a surprisingly great deal for They Might Be Giants. In 1986, he appeared on a split single with TMBG. While in the Hello club, he co-performed (and wrote the lyrics for) "Lullaby To Nightmares" which The Giants would later re-record, and "Hello Hello," a Gary Glitter cover, which Mono Puff would later re-release. He also joined John Flansburgh and others both under the Hello imprint that was the short lived Hello The Band and with the performance art group Watchface. Fried remixed the song "The World's Address," which appears on Miscellaneous T, and "She's Actual Size" which would be renamed "Larger Than Life" for the I Palindrome I EP and the vinyl release of The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) EP. Mr. Fried also appears in the music video for "The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)." Fried's current act RADIO WONDERLAND opened for TMBG on March 28th, 2009 in New York. That same night he joined the band onstage to narrate the "Venue Songs" portion of their show. The appearance distinguishes Fried as one of that rare breed who has collaborated with the band in three decades.
Fried's own work might be described as Performance Art-meets-Electronica. His credits span the "classical" music world (apparently being the youngest composer in Schirmer Books' American Music in the 20th Century) and other dance remix work for such names as Chaka Khan and Ofra Haza. A year before TMBG premiered "The World's Address" on The Frank O' Toole Show, he was working on songs very similar in style to what would become his remix. This work includes the song "Jimmy Because (My Name Is)," of which Atlantic Records released a 12" LP containing five remixes.
Much of his more recent work explores what it means to be electronic in electronic music. His Music for Robots, written especially for the robotic instruments of the NYC collective LEMUR, can be heard and seen here. Fried's latest project RADIO WONDERLAND is a return to the club scene, with a real steering wheel and four old shoes hit with sticks controlling a laptop which turns live commercial radio into groove-based new music. Fried has been working with live radio since the early '80s, so it's hard to tell if TMBG's use of live radio in concerts inspired Fried, or if it was the other way around.