TMBG Unlimited - January 2002

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TMBG Unlimited - January 2002
Collection by They Might Be Giants
First released January, 2002
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Tracks 19 Last tmbg compilation TMBG Unlimited - December
Label They Might Be Records Length


Track listing[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Your Mom's Alright
February
2:59

 

2 Truth In Your Words
February
1:10

 

3 The Army's Tired Now
February
1:12

 

4 Ram On
April
2:40

 

N/A
5 All McGyver On It
May
0:46

 

N/A
6 Tigerella
May
1:51

 

7 I'm Your Boyfriend Now (Demo)
June
2:47

 

8 North To Alaska
June
2:54

 

N/A
9 Concrete And Clay
July
2:22

 

N/A
10 Outboard Part Of Man
July
0:44

 

N/A
11 Somebody's Body
July
1:40

 

12 1999 / Cowtown
July
4:15

 

N/A
13 Too + 3 R One
Too + 3 - September
1:59

 

N/A
14 Words Are Like
The Crummer Family - September
1:38

 

15 Disappointing Show (Live)
The Disappointers - October
2:31

 

N/A
16 Cut The Strings
Demchuk - October
2:05

 

17 Blind
Demchuk - October
1:33

 

18 Something You'd Like To See
Little Lisa Whitman - October
1:28

 

N/A
19 Spin The Country Dial
December
2:28

 

N/A

Official description[edit | edit source]

A Collection of TMBG Unlimited 2001

Happy New Year, and a farewell to Unlimited from Flansburgh!

First, we want to thank every one who was a part of Unlimited. It was an ambitious and exciting project. Jim and Alex have been incredibly helpful, and everyone at EMusic deserves a big round of cheers for providing this unique service. The folks at EMusic have cooked up an amazing subscription plan that continues to grow in scope every day. They are huge supporters of independent music and we hope you'll all continue to subscribe and support EMusic--and stay on for all their new offerings (and we will be back with something interesting soon). There is more information about how to keep rockin' Unlimited style at the bottom of this message.

TMBG Unlimited 2001 was a wild ride for me and John. We realized a lot of projects in the process of working on Unlimited, including all of Mink Car in demo form, the McSweeney's book, our Battle of the Bands project along with our children's disc No! (which is coming out in the spring, folks--with a massive enhanced section) and got a chance to rummage around the long neglected vaults of the TMBG secret mountain laboratory for live tracks and ancient Dial-A-Songs. Keeping the issues "fat" and top quality led to some late nights and wasn't always easy, since we were often on the road, and often overseas, but I am really glad we did it.

Here's a set of unusual songs from Unlimited that you might have overlooked or joined too late to get hold of. They are some of our favorites, and have been made available here as one last look at the TMBG Unlimited experience.

MONKEY FUR CAR
First up are a couple of tracks that almost made it to Mink Car. (Actually, Your Mom's Alright is on the European album, in place of Mr. Xcitement)

  • Your Mom's Alright w/ Mike Doughty
  • All McGyver On It

McSWEENEY's and McCARTNEY
Here are some nice tracks from the McSweeney's book (which is a beautiful document forgetting about our contribution) and our track from the "Listen to What the Man Said" compilation of McCartney tributes that just came out.

  • Truth In Your Words
  • The Army's Tired Now
  • Ram On

DIAL-A-SONGS
Here are some Dial-A-Songs, ranging in age from 3 months to fifteen years. Hard to know what will become of these beyond this service, so check 'em out while you can. (Concrete and Clay is a cover of a great song from the sixties- kinda the other "Yeah Yeah" for me- by an English band called the Unit 4 + 2)

  • Tigerella
  • I'm Your Boyfriend Now
  • Concrete And Clay
  • Outboard Part Of Man
  • Somebody's Body

LIVE
Here are some live tracks for you listening pleasure. The first, I believe, was recorded at the Pyramid of CBGB, and is our version of the classic Prince song which was unidentifiable to many in the small, disinterested crowd. Linnell takes on the mighty Johnny Horton backed by the versatile Statesmen, and we've included the other Spin the Dial compilation, spotlighting my "Angry Cowboy" character.

  • 1999 / Cowtown
  • North To Alaska (John Linnell And The Statesmen)
  • "Spin The Country Dial"

BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Here's some selections from our favorite Unlimited project, the Battle of the Bands. The idea was inspired/stolen from a concept album by the band the Turtles, but it was so tantalizing and obviously open to further musical investigation we couldn't resist. The Battle of the Bands is where John and I pretend we are other people and write songs for imaginary bands. We hope to do more with this project someday, but til then we have Unlimited to thank for getting the ball rolling.

  • Too + 3 R One - Too + 3
  • Words Are Like - The Crummer Family
  • Cut The Strings - Demchuk
  • Something You'd Like To See - Little Lisa Whitman
  • Blind - Demchuk
  • Disappointing Show (Live) - The Disappointers