Talk:This Day In TMBG History

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Hi guys! If you follow @tmbg on Twitter, you may have spotted some busyness earlier today about a "Today in TMBG" project for TMBW when John Flansburgh came up with the idea here:

I'd like initiate a "Today in TMBG" project for the wiki ( connecting dates (Polk's b'day, Arbor Day) to songs...[1]
...I know this will help me most--like remembering Arbor Day!--but it would be a cool just in the abstract. (date Istanbul was founded)[2]

John Flansburgh (April 27, 2012)

Following these tweets, a massive amount of suggestions poured in from TMBG fans. Some were retweeted by @tmbg here, and some can be seen in realtime searches for tweets containing @tmbw and @tmbg. (Update at 6:30pm ET: TMBG has created a Twitter account called @TodayInTMBG to collect more event ideas for us.)

Brad and I have decided to go ahead with this project - we think it'll be a great wealth of additional information and that everyone will have a lot of fun working on it by filling in the events.

We haven't finalized a design or implementation yet, but I'm thinking the information will be presented on our homepage in a new section, automatically switching every day based on a series of pages we'll be creating with everyone's help. In the next few days (hopefully), we'll begin working on actual implementation - but in the meantime we can start building up the content we'll be using, with the help of all of you!

I've made a temporary page at This Day In TMBG History where people can start creating entries for each day of the year until we have the actual system in place. We'll be establishing some guidelines for the information in the next few days, but I've put up a rudimentary list in the meantime of how I think the content should be chosen and formatted. Feel free to share your own input!

Expect this to be an ever-changing project, as TMBG are actively producing music and more information will continue becoming relevant to the timeline. If you'd like to participate, check out the Twitter searches above for some starting ideas, and have fun with it! Any discussion about the project can take place below, and if you want to start filling in the dates, that can be done at This Day In TMBG History.

Let's make Mr. Flansburgh proud! Have at it, guys. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 16:24, 27 April 2012 (EDT)

This is so cool. I love how the guys have ackowledged all the work that's gone into this site, and how dedicated their fans are. Looking forward to helping out in whatever way I can! --MisterMe 16:36, 27 April 2012 (EDT)

I'm surprised at how many days do not seem to be of significance. Have you guys seen Weird Al's This Day in History? They have multiple events every day! invisiblehippo97 6:17, 1 December 2014 (UTC)

Just glancing at that page, it looks like the "events" are stretched considerably to be extremely tangentially related to Al. This feature is supposed to be for TMBG-related events that are actually related to TMBG in a real way. I think the idea of essentially making ones up just for the purpose of having more events would not be good at all. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 07:28, 1 December 2014 (EST)

events with months and not days[edit]

i spent a considerable chunk of the afternoon/night doing this, so if things (e.g. grammar/images/bolding/etc) are messed up, then pretend they are not. also some things are questionable in importance. feel free to discuss, or whatever! -Apollo (colloquia!) 22:47, 29 April 2012 (EDT)


1997 – "The Edison Museum" becomes the first free WAV available on

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2008 – Two commercials — "Bleachers" and "Steps" — from round 3 of the America Runs On Dunkin' campaign first air.


1995 – John Flansburgh's Mono Puff is issued by the Hello CD Of The Month Club. This is the first ever release from Mono Puff.

1997 – Guitar World publishes an article written by John Flansburgh including various Flansburgh Touring Tips™.


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1992 – Reflex 23, a flexi disc featuring "Moving To The Sun" and a recording by XTC, is issued with copies of Reflex magazine.


1997 – The Hello CD Of The Month Club mails out its last installments, and is officially ended.

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2006 – The majority of round 1 of the America Runs On Dunkin' campaign first airs.

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2008 – Two commercials — "All Night Blowout" and "Moving" — from round 3 of the America Runs On Dunkin' campaign first air.


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2006 – Two commercials — "I'm In A Rut" and "One Billion Degrees" — from round 1 of the America Runs On Dunkin' campaign first air.



1994 – The five-song State Songs EP, John Linnell's first ever solo release, is issued through the Hello CD Of The Month Club.


1995 – Spondee, a collaboration between Robin Goldwasser and Mark Donato and featuting Rolf Conant (John Flansburgh) and Jay Sherman-Godfrey, is issued through the Hello CD Of The Month Club.


1995 – The Devil Went Down To Newport, an EP by Mono Puff, is released.

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2006 – "Karate!", from round 1 of the America Runs On Dunkin' campaign, first airs.


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1982 – El Grupo De Rock And Roll plays its very first show at a Sandinista Rally in Central Park.

1993 – House Of Mayors, a solo EP by John Linnell, is issued through the Hello CD Of The Month Club.

1996 – Operator Dot first begins working for TMBG, helping to run most of the band's internet presence. She holds her position till 2009, when Operator Dash takes over.

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1997 – A demo of "Doctor Worm" is made available on, with an accompanying QuickCam video.

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1998 – "Doctor Worm" is released as a single.


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1993 – Hello The Band, a side collaboration between Joshua Fried and John Flansburgh as Hello The Band, is issued through the Hello CD Of The Month Club.

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2002 – A promotional CD featuring songs from People Are Wrong! is released.

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2006 – "Human Interest", from round 2 of the America Runs On Dunkin' campaign, first airs.


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1996 – Promotional copies Olive, the Other Reindeer, a book by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold, are distributed. These contain a 6" flexi disc recording by John Linnell as Johnny Hart.

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1996 – A demo of "I Am Not Your Broom" is made available on, with an accompanying QuickCam video.

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2006 – The majority of round 2 of the America Runs On Dunkin' campaign first airs.


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1988 – "Ana Ng", Lincoln's first single, is issued to radio stations as a 1-track promotional 12".


1994 – Live!! New York City 10/14/94 is promotionally issued by Elektra. It is a recording of a show in October.


1996 – The Hal Cragin Years, an EP by Mono Puff, is issued through the Hello CD Of The Month Club.


1999 – Montana, the only single from John Linnell's State Songs, is released.


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1996 – The Steve Calhoon Years, an EP by Mono Puff, is issued through the Hello CD Of The Month Club.

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2000 – A QuickCam video of John and John performing "Lines Upon A Tranquil Brow" is made available on

Podcasts/Free Tunes?[edit]

Are the releases of these significant enough? ~ veggieman 23:37, 30 April 2012 (EDT)

not really. -- 23:39, 30 April 2012 (EDT)

Discrepancy in Flood's release date?[edit]

Hello. I was passing through TMBW to look up something about Flood, and it just so happens that This Day In TMBG History says that Flood originally released today (January 8th)! I thought that was a neat coincidence and went to the Flood page from the link in the This Day In column. However, the infobox on top of Flood's TMBW page says that the album released a week later, on the 15th of January. A cursory glance at Wikipedia corroborates the latter date: US release on 1/15/1990, EU release sometime between February and March 5th the same year, Canada/Australia/Japan all somewhere in ‘90. I was wondering if there was any source or reasoning for the 1/8 release date (maybe a promotional single was released that day?), and if not, I just wanted to point that out so someone who isn't some random anonymous dummy can fix the This Day In date. -- 14:43, 8 January 2018 (EST)