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- They'll Need A Crane EP is released on February 10th. Another EP, Purple Toupee, is prepared, but never released.
- TMBG performs They'll Need A Crane on David Letterman, their first appearance on network television.
- The Ana Ng single is released internationally.
- Don't Let's Start, a collection of B-sides and singles, is released in Europe; it would be two years before the domestic version of the compilation was released as Miscellaneous T.
- TMBG releases The Videos 1986-1989 on VHS. The tape comprises the band's first six music videos.
- Linnell and Flansburgh contribute backing vocals to "I'm Gonna Love You 'Til I Don't" by Otis Ball and The Chains.
- TMBG hosts the radio show New Programs' Music View.
- Other radio appearances include "Dr. Demento Show #89-23" (playing "Where Your Eyes Don't Go") and "Dr. Demento Show #89-09" (with "Shoehorn With Teeth").