This Day In TMBG History/November
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1956 – Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems is published by City Lights Books. The first few lines of the title poem are borrowed, with Ginsberg's consent, for the opening of "I Should Be Allowed To Think" in 1994.
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1795 – James K. Polk, the 11th President of the United States (1845 - 1849) is born. Often referred to by his nickname, "Napoleon of the Stump", he is known for having accomplished everything he had set out to in only one presidential term, including as "[seizing] the whole Southwest from Mexico" and "[building] an independent treasury".
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1986 – They Might Be Giants, the band's self-titled first album, is released. The album contained the band's first singles, "Don't Let's Start" and "(She Was A) Hotel Detective", and spawned music videos for those songs and "Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head".
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1988 – "Ana Ng", the second single from Lincoln, becomes They Might Be Giants' first charting single, entering the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart at #30. It goes on to peak at #11 in December, and falls off the chart after 9 weeks.
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1974 – Earthquake, the first film to use the glorious cinematic technology known as Sensurround, premieres. There it was in the aisle by the exit sign, a woofer covered in wood, to shake the room with 120-decibel "infra bass" sound waves when it should.
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2011 – While leaving Southern California, the band's trailer caught fire and they "lost a bunch of important stuff". However, The Avatars Of They survived because they were "traveling deep in the pack in their luxury suitcase". The band acknowledged it was "an extremely stressful time", but in the end, "TMBG can't stop, won't stop."
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1949 – James Ensor dies. James Ensor is considered to be an innovator in 19th century art. Although he stood apart from other artists of his time, he significantly influenced 20th century expressionist and surrealist painters. If you want to dig him up and shake his hand, you'll have to go to the churchyard of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Duinenkerk (Our Lady of the Dunes Church) in Dorpstraat, Belgium.
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2014 – The radio show Shuffle Function devotes an entire day of air time on KMSU in Mankato, MN to playing TMBG as an homage to the day James Ensor died. It is called They Might Be Playing They Might Be Giants. This feat is repeated annually and is now also known as TMBG.love.