Hi, I'm Jeannie. I'm a 16-year-old girl from Tokyo, Japan, who moved to midstate California in August of 2004 and will be living there until the summer of '05.
I guess when I was about 11 years old, I was really into Weird Al and stuff like that. I would scour the MP3.Com Comedy pages (back when MP3.Com was still any good) for good comedy, and I came across TVsKyle's website which had a link to the demo version of Cyclops Rock. I really liked it, but I guess I never bothered looking into them any further.
A few months later, my good friend James sent me a copy of Mink Car (Song). It was still really cool, but no further look-up commenced.
Then, by some dorky fate, the guy I had a major crush on during my eighth grade year sent me a copy of the song XTC Vs. Adam Ant. Like any other 14-year-old girl with a major crush on a TMBG fan would have done, I tried to find every TMBG song possible. Eventually, as summer vacation approached, I became more enamored with TMBG than with the guy, and my first visit to San Francisco's Amoeba Records that summer, I purchased They Might Be Giants (Album).
On August 13, 2003, my dad and I went to see Gigantic at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. That would be where things really started to kick off, and TMBG became my favoritest band ever. Before returning to Tokyo, I bought Mink Car (later realizing it was the UK version, oops).
The school year after that was spent introducing many friends (including fellow Wikian Willness) to TMBG. In June 2004 I bought Lincoln and Apollo 18, and in July I had a fit upon finding a copy of The Spine in a Tokyo record store about 2 days before the US release date. A few days later, after arriving in San Francisco, I hit up Amoeba Records and picked up John Henry.
On August 14, 2004, my dad and I went to The Fillmore in San Francisco and I went to my first ever They Might Be Giants show. Of the 15.5 years I have been alive so far, seeing TMBG live has been one of the Best Things Ever. I was standing in the second row directly in front of Linnell. Somehow the friskers managed to overlook my camera, so I got 66 up-close pictures. Although most are blurry, they are fun to look at and you can view the album here.
In late November of 2004 (the day before Thanksgiving to be exact), I was visiting some friends in Portland, and as a gift my friend Jeremy bought me Flood and Factory Showroom - thus, my goal of collecting all of TMBG's studio albums (with the exception of Long Tall Weekend) was completed! Hooray!
TMBG Stuff I Own:
- They Might Be Giants (Album)
- Apollo 18
- John Henry
- Factory Showroom
- Mink Car (UK Version)
- Here Come The ABCs! DVD, CD, promotional poster, and sticker sheet
- The Spine
- The Spine Surfs Alone (EP)
- Future Soundtrack for America
- Gigantic DVD
- duct-tape wallet signed by John Flansburgh, John Linnell, and Marty Beller
- Dan Miller's signature on a ticket stub
- 2 homemade TMBG shirts (one olive green with a red William Allen White face and The Johns on the back, another light green with the "Yeah."/"Film." screen caps from the Experimental Film video)
My all-time Desert Island TMBG songs (as of November 28, 2004): Alphabet Lost And Found, Ana Ng, Au Contraire, Bangs, Birdhouse In Your Soul, Can You Find It?, Columbia, SC, Cowtown, Cyclops Rock, D Is For Drums, Destination Moon, Dinner Bell, Don't Let's Start, Doctor Worm, Experimental Film, Fibber Island, Four Of Two, Flying V, Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal, The House At The Top Of The Tree , I Palindrome I, James K. Polk, Kiss Me, Son Of God, Mammal, Metal Detector, Mink Car, Mr. Me, New York City, Nightgown Of The Sullen Moon, No One Knows My Plan, Pet Name, Purple Toupee, Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head, Rhythm Section Want Ad, S-E-X-X-Y, She's Actual Size, Sleepwalkers, Space Suit, Spider, Spiraling Shape, Stalk Of Wheat, Subliminal, The Bloodmobile, The Guitar, The Statue Got Me High, The World's Address, Thunderbird, Till My Head Falls Off, Where Do They Make Balloons?, XTC Vs. Adam Ant.
In the line of Various Other Things: I listen to all sorts of music, although I have only a few favorite bands. Aside from TMBG, I like Ben Folds/Ben Folds Five, Dave Brubeck, Simon and Garfunkel, and the occasional Weezer. I also have a soft spot for the up-and-coming "nerdcore hiphop" genre (MC Frontalot, mc chris). I play guitar (I was in a band called Quite the Gentlemen during my freshman year of high school. We did a cover of "Dr. Worm"), and am learning to play accordion on a beautiful gold and white machine I like to call Rico Suave.
I love to talk, so please feel free to email me at shemightbejeannie[at]gmail.com or talk to me on AIM at e ninja e. My LiveJournal is located here; I post in that a whole lot.
- Glad I could be part of it! ^^; TVsKyle