The Escape Team
Studio album by They Might Be Giants
|First released|| December 10, 2018
Release details / collectors: Show | Hide
|Tracks||11||Last studio album||My Murdered Remains|
The Escape Team is the 22nd album by They Might Be Giants, a concept album consisting of songs about a team of fictional characters invented by They Might Be Giants with artist and longtime visual collaborator David Cowles.
Background[edit | edit source]
The Escape Team was announced in the offering for the 2018 Instant Fan Club as a comic book "about twelve misfit mutants escaping their military-industrial overlords", along with an album of accompanying songs about each of the characters. The Escape Team: Issue #1 comic book, written and drawn by David Cowles, was sent to IFC members in early 2018 and later made available for purchase on TMBG's merch store.
In a March 2018 interview with radio station KMSU, John and John explained the origin of the project:
JF: We work with David Cowles on a million different things—he's done many many videos for us in the past. David and I cooked up a list—the whole thing with the Escape Team is that we were just looking for, like, prompts to write songs. All the songs are sort of character songs, and so we put together a list of names that were... I gotta back up even father. There was this guy "Big Daddy" Roth in the '60s who was a cartoonist. He made hot rods but he also drew Rat Fink, which people might know.JF: And the tradition of the Rat Fink thing is to have these names, these sort of punny names for all the illustrations. So we were really just kind of riffing off of that and came up with all these names—like two dozen names or more, and then whittled them down to the ones that were funny, and also not evil or too strange or too far afield.
JL: He drew, like, monsters driving cars with eight hundred eyeballs and their tongue wagging behind in the wind—
Throughout the year, Escape Team character songs were highlighted on the 2018 iteration of Dial-A-Song, each with a music video drawn and directed by Cowles (with the exception of "The Poisonousness", directed by Ajax Digital Design). Songs were recorded for all but one of the Escape Team characters, due to time constraints. Flansburgh acknowledged, "with all the touring, time ran out on Hair Ned. But there is no doubt he will get his own song in the not so distant future! Ned will not be denied!"
On December 10, The Escape Team album was released. Like My Murdered Remains, The Escape Team album is available on CD, vinyl and download on Idlewild Recordings directly from They Might Be Giants via their merch store, but is not available on streaming services such as Spotify.
Track listing[edit | edit source]
|1||Jackie The Clipper||2:21
|2||Chip The CHiP||1:48|
|4||Dr. Sy Fly||2:03
|5||Dunkin Of Course Of Course||2:11
|6||Mr. Mischief Night||2:10