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Okay, so, I know Flans messes things like this up all the time, but the spoken intro to Pittsburgh/Mr Small's Theatre at the recent venue songs shows says that TMBG are haunted by memories of 1987, not 1983. Make of that what you will. — aliste

Well, we know that Linnell was 23 for the "23" show, so unless the Electric Banana show referred to in the Pittsburgh song is a different show that was attended by 23 people, Flansy must have meant '83. -TDK

Sure, like I said, Flans has sometimes given unreliable statements, so I don't always trust everything he says. The discrepancies amuse me. But They definitely did play a show with a crappy turnout at the Electric Banana in 1987, according to this article by Jamie Kitman. Just out of curiosity, what is your source for this info? I'd actually never heard of this legendary show until you added it here. — aliste
I'm not sure where I first heard about it, but it's mentioned in the TMBG Early Years Handbook which has been on the net forever and was written by Mike W, a well-known TMBG fan. See section 1.1c, though it makes it sound like the "23" show was the same show as their first, in Central Park.
You know what, after typing in all those '85-'86 dates I realize that there's no way that They were way out in Pittsburgh in 1983. Furthermore, I seem to now remember hearing it was in NYC, which is probably a foregone conclusion anyway. --TDK


So I think between the blurb from the info club newsletter ("This is the poster for our third show. It was our return engagement with Dr. B's, where we debuted as They Might Be Giants.") and Flans's recent tweet on twitter, we can place the venue for this show as Dr. B's. Flans said the show was on February 23rd on Twitter though, so does anybody have any other evidence as to the month this show was held in? -J-Gatz

Agreed with Dr. B's - but regarding the tweet, I'm wondering where we originally got January from. I'd check that before changing it over. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 08:48, 28 April 2012 (EDT)
EDIT: I asked Flans on Twitter, here's the exchange. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 10:26, 28 April 2012 (EDT)
@tmbg Are you certain it was Feb 23, 1983? We have a JL quote: "It was January 23rd. We played 23 songs.. there were 23 people at that show"[1]
@MovingToTheSun oh it could have been Jan. easily. I just remember it was the 23rd because of exactly the synchronicity JL mentioned...[2]

@MovingToTheSun Crazy snow storm. And we were paid via coupon (like a showcase deal) so the audience # was kind of burned into out memories.[3]
Good ol' Flans. That...doesn't really help much. (Unless somebody wants to look up what the weather was like in NYC on January 23 and February 23 of 1983...) -J-Gatz 12:41, 28 April 2012 (EDT)
It seems it snowed on both days: January Febuary, however it snowed a bit more and was a bit colder in January.--Oldpinebox 12:55, 28 April 2012 (EDT)
According to those links, it actually snowed more in January, but 0.3" and 0.2" are totally inconclusive. Oh, well! It was a nice try. :] -CapitalQtalk ♪ 13:07, 28 April 2012 (EDT)