Radio They Might Be Giants

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Radio They Might Be Giants was a short-lived streaming radio service that debuted in 1999 on the now-defunct WiredPlanet.com. It was a precursor to TMBG Clock Radio, playing TMBG rarities, Hello Recordings artists, live tracks, and picks of "Cool Songs By Other People" introduced by John Flansburgh.

Three of the jingles (1, 2, 3) that played on Radio They Might Be Giants can be heard on the Working Undercover For The Man EP.

Songs on Radio They Might Be Giants[edit]

This potentially incomplete list represents a day of listening to Radio They Might Be Giants. The play order appears to be in a loose reverse-alphabetical order.

Hi this is John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants. You’re listening to Radio They Might Be Giants with “Cool Songs By Other People.” This next song, it was recorded by a man named Johnny Ray who was a big star in the early Fifties. Rivaled Frank Sinatra in teen-fandom. Was one of the biggest sellers of 78s in his time. This next song we often sing in the car driving across the country. This song is called “Soliloquy of a Fool.”
  • Cool Songs By Other People: Soliloquy of a Fool - Johnny Ray
It’s John F in the “Cool Songs By Other People” segment of our programming. “Soliloquy of a Fool” by Johnny Ray.
Hey this is John of They Might Be Giants, and you are listening to the “Cool Songs By Other People” segment of Radio They Might Be Giants. This next song is by Lou Reed off his “Transformer” album and it's called “Satellite of Love.”
  • Cool Songs By Other People: Satellite of Love - Lou Reed
“Satellite of Love.” Lou Reed. “Transformer,” produced by Mr David Bowie. A very fine album. Radio They Might Be Giants. “Cool Songs By Other People”.
John Flansburgh here with “Cool Songs By Other People” portion of Radio They Might Be Giants regular programming. This next song is—was recorded by a woman who is not related to too many things that people associated with being actually cool. it's the one and only Dolly Parton. Here's a song that was originally—I became aware of this song through a band called Rubber Rodeo who were a group out of Rhode Island at the same time as John Linnell’s previous band and they did a cover of this song in their show. And it's a very cool song written by Dolly Parton. A very fine songwriter. And this song is called “Jolene” performed by Dolly Parton.
  • Cool Songs By Other People: Jolene - Dolly Parton
A lady with her own sense of personal cool. That’s Dolly Parton on the “Cool Songs By Other People” segment of Radio They Might Be Giants.
Radio They Might Be Giants. This is your host John F. of They Might Be Giants. This is “Cool Songs By Other People,” a segment where we play cool songs by other people. This next song is called “It’s Raining” and it's recorded by the New Orleans legend Irma Thomas and is available to you here on Radio They Might Be Giants.
  • Cool Songs By Other People: It's Raining - Irma Thomas
Emma Thomas with “It’s Raining,” here on Radio They Might Be Giants. “Cool Songs By Other People” people is our segment and now back to our regular programming.
Hey this is John Flansburgh, your host on They Might Be Giants Radio here. This is the “Cool Song By Somebody Else” segment of our programming. This next song is one of the most unusual we’ve heard in a long time. It's actually by a group called The Monks who were rock band in the mid Sixties. German G.I.s who dropped out of the army in protest of the Vietnam War, and started a band called The Monks. And they dress like monks, they cut their hair like monks, and they did a song called “Monk Time.” And there's an electric banjo on this track. Check it out. They Might Be Giants Radio with The Monks. “It's Monk Time.”
  • Cool Songs By Other People: It's Monk Time - The Monks
That was The Monks with “ Monk Time” off their “Black Monk Time” album that was actually released on Infinite Zero American records a couple of years ago. This is a really a spectacular record that is well worth checking out. The Monks, one of rock's most enigmatic bands. And you're listening to They Might Be Giants Radio with your host John Flansburgh. And this is “Songs By Other People” our special segment spotlighting songs by other people.
“Cool Songs By Other People.” Hi! This is John F. of They Might Be Giants. you're listening to Radio They Might Be Giants. This section of our program deals with songs that we love by bands that we often love. And here's a song off the first Foo Fighters album and it's a very cool song called “I'll Stick Around.”
  • Cool Songs By Other People: I'll Stick Around - Foo Fighters
“Cool Songs By Other People” that was the Foo Fighters. [the next Foo Fighters song accidentally starts] And this is Radio They Might Be Giants. Little bit extra bonus beats of the Foo Fighters there. You're listening to “Cool Songs By Other People.” now back to our regular programming.
Hey this is John of They Might Be Giants. You’re listening to the “Cool Song By Somebody Else” section of our programming. This next song is by a guy named Joe Meek. He was a record producer in 1960s. This is off his EP called “I Hear a New World” with the Blue Men.
  • Cool Songs By Other People: I Hear a New World - Joe Meek
That was Joe Meek and the Blue Men off the record“I Hear a New World.” The song is called “I Hear a New World” and this is the They Might Be Giants Radio “Cool Songs By Other People” segment, with your host John F. from They Might Be Giants.
Hi! This is Radio They Might Be Giants. I'm your host John F. with “Cool Songs By Other People.” This next song is actually recorded by a group from Seattle called the Young Fresh Fellows. This is off a record they made a few years back with, uh… that Nirvana producer guy, and this song is called “Hillbilly Drummer Girl”.
  • Cool Songs By Other People: Hillbilly Drummer Girl - Young Fresh Fellows
The pride of Frontier Records. That’s the Young Fresh Fellows produced by Butch Vig off their album… uh.. “The Barbers Of Smelterville”… no, that's not the time of this album. Uh This album is called “Electric Bird Digest” and is on Frontier Records. A few years back, Mono Puff, my side project band actually does a cover of that song. I first heard that song being performed by a group at CBGB's and a couple months later wrote a song with the same riff thinking that it was my original idea. Which is why it's featured here today on “Cool Songs By Other People.” And you're listening to Radio They Might Be Giants I'm your host John F. of They Might Be Giants. And here we are back to our regular programming.
Hi! This is “Cool Songs By Other People.” I'm your host John F. Playing the songs that we play in the van in They Might Be Giants. You know, this next—this next record got a lot of critical praise last year and this year ,but hell, I am not a critic so I can like it just anyway I like. This next track is by Lucinda Williams off her “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” and this song is called “Drunken Angel.”
  • Cool Songs By Other People: Drunken Angel - Lucinda Williams
“Drunken Angel” by Lucinda Williams off her award winning thing “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road.” That's “Cool Songs By Other People” portion of Radio They Might Be Giants, on Radio They Might Be Giants, right here. Radio They Might Be Giants.
Here’s a man who probably needs no introduction to to most of you. this is Mister Bob Dylan off on a record called “Down In The Groove”—it's actually a compilation of cover songs that he released about 10 years ago I guess. And this is a very interesting song but written by a very unknown songwriter. This song is called “90 Miles An Hour (Down a Dead End Street)”.
  • Cool Songs By Other People: 90 Miles An Hour (Down a Dead End Street) - Bob Dylan
Mr Bob Dylan of his “Down In The Groove” album. That is 90 Miles An Hour (Down a Dead End Street)” this is John Flansburgh your host. Here on “Cool Songs By Other People”. They Might Be Giants Radio.
Hi this is John Flansburgh on Radio They Might Be Giants. We’re in the special songs by other people portion of our program here. This is a song that we’ve often thought of covering but we don't have the guts to do so. This song was originally recorded by Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra and it's called “Some Velvet Morning.”
  • Cool Songs By Other People: Some Velvet Morning - Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra
“Some Velvet Morning” with Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra off their greatest hits album available on Rhino. And that is a very cool song by other people on the “Cool Song By Other People” segment of Radio They Might Be Giants with your host John F. of They Might Be Giants.
You're listening to Radio They Might Be Giants. I'm John F. of They Might Be Giants. This is the “Cool Songs By Other People” segment of our program. This song is called “Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?” and it's by an artist named Buck Owens and the guitar playing is by a guy named Don Rich and it's a country song from the mid Sixties. check it out. 
  • Cool Songs By Other People: Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass? - Buck Owens
Radio They Might Be Giants. “Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?” by the incomparable Mister Buck Owens. one of the earliest use of the fuzz tone guitar in country music and possibly one of the last, on “Cool Songs By Other People” Radio They Might Be Giants. I’m your host John F.
“Cool Songs By Other People” is the name of this segment on Radio They Might Be Giants. I'm your host John F.. Here's a song from the vault by the man who invented the square guitar, Mr Bo Diddley. And the song is called “Who Do You Love?”
  • Cool Songs By Other People: Who Do You Love? - Bo Diddley
Rock and Roll legend Mr Bo Diddley with “Who Do You Love?” on Radio They Might Be Giants “Cool Songs By Cool People.”
“Cool Songs By Other People” is the name of this next segment. This is John F. of They Might Be Giants. You’re listening to the songs that we listen to in the car. And this next song was recorded by the monkeys in the late Sixties and it was written by Mike Nesmith, the elusive heir to the Liquid Paper fortune and guitar player for The Monkeys. The song is called “What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round.” It’s a song that John I actually covered in our early days in They Might Be Giants.
  • Cool Songs By Other People: What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round - Monkeys
The Monkeys, with “What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round” here on “Cool Songs By Other People.” This is John F. of They Might Be Giants and we want to welcome you all to Radio They Might Be Giants, And we'll be back a little bit later with “Cool Songs By Other People” for another installment of that thing. Thanks for tuning in. Bye.
Here’s a very beautiful song by a very beautiful man named Matthew Sweet. This is off his album “Altered Beast.” This is a ballad—beautiful ballad on “Cool Songs By Other People.” I’m your host John F.. These are the songs that we play in the van. And this song is called “Someone to Pull the Trigger.”
  • Cool Songs By Other People: Someone to Pull the Trigger - Matthew Sweet
Mr Matthew Sweet off his “Altered Beast” album. That is “I Need Someone to Pull the Trigger.” and this is Radio They Might Be Giants. Cool Songs By Other People’s the name of that segment. And now back to our regular programming.