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Then: The Earlier Years
Collection by They Might Be Giants
First released March 25, 1997
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Tracks 72
Label Restless Length 2:18:05


Then: The Earlier Years is a two-disc compilation by They Might Be Giants, gathering a large portion of their pre-Elektra material.

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Description[edit]

Then: The Earlier Years compilation combines the band's first two albums (They Might Be Giants and Lincoln) with the 1991 B-side/remix collection Miscellaneous T, with two tracks omitted overall—"(She Was A) Hotel Detective (Single Mix)" and the original album mix of "Don't Let's Start" (the album mix and single mix of these songs, respectively, do appear on the compilation). There were an additional 19 bonus tracks, many of which had not been formally released previously.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

Track breakdown:

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Everything Right Is Wrong Again 2:20

 

2 Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head 2:12

 

3 Number Three 1:27

 

4 Don't Let's Start 2:35

 

5 Hide Away Folk Family 3:21

 

6 32 Footsteps 1:36

 

7 Toddler Hiway 0:25

 

8 Rabid Child 1:31

 

9 Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes 1:59

 

10 (She Was A) Hotel Detective 2:10

 

11 She's An Angel 2:37

 

12 Youth Culture Killed My Dog 2:51

 

13 Boat Of Car 1:15

 

14 Absolutely Bill's Mood 2:38

 

15 Chess Piece Face 1:21

 

16 Hope That I Get Old Before I Die 1:58

 

17 Alienation's For The Rich 2:25

 

18 The Day 1:27

 

19 Rhythm Section Want Ad 2:22

 

20 We're The Replacements 1:50

 

21 When It Rains It Snows 1:33 
22 The Famous Polka 1:33

 

23 Untitled
unlisted
2:33

 

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24 For Science 1:19

 

25 The Biggest One 1:22

 

26 Kiss Me, Son Of God (Alternate Version) 1:49

 

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27 Mr. Klaw 1:19

 

28 Critic Intro 1:38

 

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29 Now That I Have Everything 2:20

 

30 Mainstream U.S.A. 1:15

 

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31 Fake Out In Buenos Aires 1:48

 

32 Greek #3 1:29

 

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33 Hope That I Get Old Before I Die (Original Version) 1:12

 

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34 I'm Def 1:08

 

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35 Don't Let's Start (Demo Version) 1:14  N/A
36 '85 Radio Special Thank You 1:25

 

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Disc two[edit]

Track breakdown:

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Ana Ng 3:23

 

2 Cowtown 2:21

 

3 Lie Still, Little Bottle 2:06

 

4 Purple Toupee 2:40

 

5 Cage & Aquarium 1:10

 

6 Where Your Eyes Don't Go 3:06

 

7 Piece Of Dirt 2:00

 

8 Mr. Me 1:52

 

9 Pencil Rain 2:42

 

10 The World's Address 2:24

 

11 I've Got A Match 2:36

 

12 Santa's Beard 1:55

 

13 You'll Miss Me 1:53

 

14 They'll Need A Crane 2:33

 

15 Shoehorn With Teeth 1:13

 

16 Stand On Your Own Head 1:16

 

17 Snowball In Hell 2:31

 

18 Kiss Me, Son Of God 1:54

 

19 Hello Radio 0:55

 

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20 It's Not My Birthday 1:52

 

21 I'll Sink Manhattan 2:32

 

22 Nightgown Of The Sullen Moon 1:59

 

23 The World's Address (Joshua Fried Remix) 5:42

 

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24 Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal 3:48

 

25 Lady Is A Tramp 1:20

 

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26 Birds Fly 1:25

 

27 Kitten Intro 1:43

 

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28 Weep Day 1:50

 

29 The Big Big Whoredom 1:39

 

30 I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You (Adaptation) 1:59

 

31 Become A Robot 1:18

 

32 Which Describes How You're Feeling 1:24

 

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33 Swing Is A Word 0:53

 

34 Doris Cunningham 0:12

 

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35 Counterfeit Fake 0:39

 

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36 Schoolchildren Singing Particle Man 2:05

 

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