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Radly "Rad" Jose Phoenix, born to an American mother and a Mexican father, thus began life as he was destined to live it... going in several directions at once. A brillent neurosurgeon, this restless young man grew quickly dissatisfied with a life devoted soley to medicine. He roamed the planet studying martial arts and particle physics, collecting around him a most eccentric group of friends, those hard-rocking scientists 1209towanda.

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record label: Grandpa's Casino Recordings

My Introduction to TMBG[edit]

I was initially taught Particle Man as a campfire song in scouts. Then I saw them perform The Guitar & The Statue Got Me High on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I was hooked. Flood was the first CD I ever bought followed by Apollo 18 on cassette a week later. They remained my favorite band through out my formative years and I still don't pass up a chance to go see them play if I can help it. I'm that rare breed of dancing fan too, so look out.

My Collection[edit]


My Album, Singles, EPs, VHS & DVD Collection[edit]

Title Year Format Notes
They Might Be Giants / Joshua Fried Split Single 1986 7" No magazine
They Might Be Giants 1986 12" The 12" was the repressing.
They Might Be Giants 1986 CD
They Might Be Giants 1986 Cassette
Don't Let's Start (EP) 1987 CD Standard US version.
(She Was A) Hotel Detective (EP) 1988 CD
Lincoln 1988 CD
They'll Need A Crane (EP) 1989 CD Standard US version.
Don't Let's Start (LP) 1989 CD Found on my travels in Germany.
The Videos 1986-1989 1989 VHS
Flood 1990 CD First CD I ever got.
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (EP) 1990 12" 2 song version.
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (EP) 1990 12" 4 song version.
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (EP) 1990 CD
Don't Let's Start (EP) 1990 12" Elektra Re-Issue.
Miscellaneous T 1991 CD
Apollo 18 1992 CD
I Palindrome I (EP) 1992 CD
The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) (EP) 1992 7"
The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) (EP) 1992 CD
The Statue Got Me High (EP) 1992 7"
The Statue Got Me High (EP) 1992 CD German version.
Why Does The Sun Shine (EP) 1993 7"
Why Does The Sun Shine (EP) 1993 CD
O Tannenbaum (EP) 1993 7"
Back to Skull (EP) 1994 CD Standard US version.
John Henry 1994 2xCD Australian limited edition with New York City Live!!
Snail Shell (Promo) 1994 CD
Sleeping In The Flowers (Promo) 1995 CD
Factory Showroom 1996 CD
S-E-X-X-Y (EP) 1996 12"
S-E-X-X-Y (EP) 1996 CD 3 song version.
S-E-X-X-Y (EP) 1996 CD 5 song version.
Then: The Earlier Years 1997 2xCD
Severe Tire Damage 1998 CD
Long Tall Weekend 1999 MP3s
Working Undercover For The Man (EP) 2000 MP3s
Working Undercover For The Man (EP) 2000 CD
TMBG Unlimited (All Year) 2001 - 2002 MP3s
Mink Car 2001 CD Signed by John & John.
Man, It's So Loud In Here (EP) 2001 CD
They Might Be Giants Vs. McSweeney's 2001 CD With McSweeney's Number 6.
They Might Be Giants In Holidayland 2001 CD
Dial-A-Song 2002 2xCD
No! 2002 CD
They Got Lost 2002 CD
Bed, Bed, Bed (EP) 2003 CD With Bed, Bed, Bed Book.
Direct From Brooklyn 2003 DVD
Indestructible Object (EP) 2004 CD
The Spine 2004 CD
The Spine Surfs Alone (EP) 2004 CD
Venue Songs 2004 MP3s
Almanac 2004 MP3s
Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) 2004 DVD
A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity 2005 CD
Here Come The ABCs! 2005 CD version.
Here Come The ABCs! 2005 DVD
Venue Songs 2005 DVD/CD Yep, I bought it twice.
The Else 2007 12"
The Else 2007 MP3s
The Else 2007 2xCD with Cast Your Pod To The Wind.
Here Come the 123s 2008 DVD/CD version.
Here Comes Science 2008 DVD/CD
Installing & Servicing Melody 2009 DVD
Join Us (Four Advance Tracks) 2011 MP3
Join Us 2011 12"
Join Us 2011 CD
TMBG's Other Thing Brass Band (EP) 2011 7"
Album Raises New And Troubling Questions 2011 CD
Factory Showroom 2012 12"
At Large 2012 CD
Four Covers From TMBG 2012 7"
Them Ain't Big Eye Ants 2012 DVD Flawed Version
Nanobots 2013 12" Signed by John & John
Nanobots 2013 12"
Nanobots 2013 CD
Them Ain't Big Eye Ants 2013 DVD Fixed Version
The Avatars Of They (EP) 2013 7"
John Henry 2013 2x12"
Apollo 18 2014 12"
Idlewild 2014 CD
Idlewild 2014 12"
Dial-A-Song (2015) 2015 MP3s
Glean 2015 CD
Glean 2015 12"
Flood 2015 2x12" 25th Anniversary Edition / Signed by John & John
Live from Berlin 2015 DVD
Why? 2015 CD
Phone Power 2016 CD
Phone Power 2016 12"
I Like Fun 2018 CD Signed by John & John
I Like Fun 2018 12"
My Murdered Remains 2018 2xCD
Escape Team 2018 CD

Solo Projects, Albums, Singles & EPs[edit]

Title Year Format Notes
Band Title Year Format Notes
Hello The Band Hello the Band (EP) 1992 CD
John Linnell State Songs (EP) 1994 CD
Mono Puff John Flansburgh's Mono Puff (EP) 1995 CD
Mono Puff Unsupervised 1995 CD Hello Recording Club version.
Mono Puff The Devil Went Down To Newport (EP) 1996 7"
Mono Puff The Devil Went Down To Newport (EP) 1996 CD With sticker.
John Linnell House of Mayors (EP) 1996 CD
Mono Puff The Hal Cragin Years (EP) 1997 CD
Mono Puff The Steve Calhoon Years (EP) 1997 CD
Mono Puff It's Fun To Steal 1998 CD
John Linnell State Songs 1999 CD
John Linnell Montana (EP) 1999 USA shaped 12"

Compilations and Soundtracks[edit]

Title Year Format Song
Time For A Change 1989 CD Hello Radio,Nightgown Of The Sullen Moon & We're The Replacements
Rubaiyat: Elektra's 40th Anniversary 1990 2xCD One More Parade
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - The Movie OST 1995 CD Sensurround (Alternate Version)
A Testimonial Dinner - The Songs Of XTC 1995 CD 25 O'Clock
Kids In The Hall - Brain Candy OST 1996 CD Spiraling Shape
Liars, Sissies & Fiascos - The Best of This American Life 1999 2xCD I'm Sick (Of This American Life)
Festival Of Light 2 1999 CD Feast Of Lights
Gordon Gano: Hitting the Ground 2002 CD Darlin' Allison
Songs From The Material World - A Tribute To George Harrison 2003 CD Savoy Truffle
Wig In A Box - Songs From And Inspired By Hedwig And The Angry Inch 2003 CD The Long Grift
Moog Soundtrack 2004 2xCD Baroque Hoedown
Future Soundtrack For America 2004 CD Tippecanoe And Tyler Too
Dig For Fire: A Tribute To Pixies 2007 CD Havalina

Other Artists radJose Digs On[edit]

  • the Amazing Kill-O-Watts
  • be your own PET
  • Big D & the Kids Table
  • bis
  • cub
  • Devo
  • Epoxies
  • the Fantastic Plastics
  • the Fiery Furnaces
  • Johnny Socko
  • Madness
  • Mates of State
  • Pixies
  • the Toasters
  • Super88
  • winterbrief
  • XTC

Advice to Live by[edit]

"Laugh when you can, cry when you must, run, jump, fly kites."

...and then?[edit]

I run a ska podcast called 23min of Ska, with 3 episodes a month.
I also manage a bis wiki, related to the band bis and their current side projects.

Yes, I was in a band and played accordion, we were called 1209towanda.