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"Coming Back at Ya Like Grover Cleveland’s Second Term: The Slight Return of The Presidents of the United States of America"
You know, very coincidentally, I happen to have interviewed John Flansburgh yesterday [it’s true! See next month’s Ink 19!]…
Oh, really? I have kind of a funny memory of him, man [laughs]. I don’t know if I should tell the story…
How about if I promise not to print it?
No, you can print it. I don’t care. It’s just one of the ten most embarrassing moments of my life. We opened up for them in Seattle, and I was standing on the side of the stage watching the show, and they put on a really good show — they had the crowd in the palm of their hand. I got excited at the end, and [then] they left the stage before the encore. For some reason, sometimes, in my mind, I dare myself to do things, and I have to do it — it’s just this thing I do — so I dared myself to run out and grab the mic and yell something. So I went out and grabbed the mic and yelled something, like “They Might Be Giants! Rock n’ roll!” or something, and John Flansburgh came barreling from the side of the stage and tackled me, and threw me on the ground, and like dragged me off stage, and was just like, “we don’t need that shit, man! We don’t need that shit! This is our show! Our fuckin’ show!” And then he was yelling at the stage manager, “From now on, no more opening acts on the side of the stage!” He just freaked out!
So, the next day — I could barely sleep that night, I was so mortified I’d messed up my relationship with one of my influences, and everything — then, the next day, we were playing Vancouver together, and we were all border crossing at the same time, so I went out and bought them all Frisbees [laughs], hoping that would maybe smooth the relations. The other John [Linnell] sort of confided in me and said that everybody else thought it was kind of funny that I went out there, and appreciated the enthusiasm, and that they were kind of confused by the other John’s anger.
That’s funny. Maybe you just caught him on a bad night, or something.
Well, I think he’s just a control guy. You know, I’ve met other people I was influenced by, like Stan Ridgway I met not too long ago. I played with him, and that ended up being like a bad dream. Source