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No Doubt Theater[edit]

Concerning the Employee Of The Month tidbit: For what it's worth I believe that the 2040 Tour Shirt listed the No Doubt Playhouse (in, I believe, Branson, MO) as a stop. I think that shirt was from about '96, making it a decade-length callback! So is a reference to Superfueled Freaksicle, actually. Even that picture on the Myspace page has a Factory Showroom vibe. --Tisher 06:40, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Alternate Versions and Song Themes[edit]

On some alternate-version pages (and by that I mean pages for demos and live versions of songs), the song themes area is left blank, despite there being themes for the regular page of the song. And on others, the song themes are either completely filled in, incomplete, or are specific to only that version. This is one of the only unregulated areas of the wiki that I see as a "problem" (besides whether or not we have lyrics pages for alternate versions when they're the same as the normal versions' lyrics, but that's for another day...). So basically, I think we should decide on a standard to go by for alternate version pages.

It would probably be a pain to make all the alternate versions have all the themes of the normal versions, what with having to keep it regularly updated, which would entail using a bot and probably some more complicated ifeq= thingamabobs. So I say, on the alternate versions' pages, we clear off the themes. I do think we should keep special themes, such as James K. Polk (Wax Cylinder Recording) (for which we'd only keep the wax-cylinder theme), though I'm not sure if we should keep themes that come as the result of differing lyrics, as in Birdhouse In Your Soul (Demo) (for which we'd only keep themes pertaining to yummy desserts and such). Whatever we decide to do though (if anyone feels like tackling this at all), I just think it would be nice to have regularity when it comes to these versions of songs.

PS: I'm not sure if a bot could do the job if we decide to clear off the themes we'd want to get rid of while also keeping the certain different themes we'd want to preserve. Unless we did without a bot, on our own, for probably hundreds of pages. ~ magbatz 02:08, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

I think its already been done! - G-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-goodtimes2
Uh, could you check again? ~ magbatz 17:47, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

We Found You[edit]

I was checking out my friend Dan's DAS shirt today and noticed a song entitled "We Found You". I looked it up on the wiki and it was nowhere to be found. Does anybody have any information on this song? Thanks for the help.--Mr.klaw 19:04, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Just putting this out there[edit]

Hello! I'm not sure if this is "recent news worthy" for the main page, but the Brothers Chaps recently made a public appearance at Georgia Tech, and mentioned their collaborations, both new and old, with TMBG. Here's the page from the HRWiki, (you can download the video at the bottom of the page). kai lyn 13:09, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

Where do you go to donate?[edit]

I searched the net but couldn't find where to go to donate directly to TMBG. Anybody know if they accept donations?

Well, I don't know about that, but you could always buy stuff from That money goes directly to the band, specifically if you purchase a show, you're pretty much donating money to them, I'd say. flood222
Yup, buying music from or merchandise at the TMBG Merchandise Store eliminates the middle man. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 11:11, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

Bear pic[edit]

I was just on IGN looking at some TMBG stuff that they had, when i did a search and saw a band pic icon... Only it was more like a pic of They Might Be Fuzzy Bear Monsters. I couldnt find a bigger one but heres the link. Maybe this iis somehow related to The Else's snowy owl men. Any explinations anyone?? -Cody-schmidt


Not sure what kind of an explanation you're looking for, but I'm assuming it's just another Marcel Dzama photograph for The Else, that was for some reason sent to IGN. Either that or someone at IGN is really weird. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 00:27, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

"Else" Flash Collab[edit]

I can't really think of a better place to put this, so here it goes. I'd like to organize a flash collab where people animate 10 - 30 second snippets of songs from The Else and then we string them together into a collaboration. If you're interested in participating, go to my talk page and post your username, links to previous flash work, and the top 3 songs you'd like to animate. I'll take the 12 users (+ myself) that have the best looking previous work, and we'll put together the collab. Further instructions to those that get chosen later. -AtionSong 18:00, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

LEMUR Teaser on YouTube[edit]

Here is a "teaser" I found on YouTube for the Lemur concerts. It features John Linnell listening to the robots play Vestibule. -AtionSong 16:16, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Yup, cool video. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 20:17, 31 May 2007 (UTC)


I've been looking around, and noticed that the wiki does not have a list of the singles for each album. And I don't mean these singles. I think it would be nice to list them on a page somewhere, if anyone knows all the singles. Akagi 02:37, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

There is this page which is still a bit of a work in progress.--Duke33 03:29, 10 June 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that page a few days ago, but what I meant was the order of singles for each album; for example, The Spine's singles were Prevenge, Experimental Film and Damn Good Times (according to the talk page, anyway). But I guess that since that page is a work in progress, it will have all the singles on it? Akagi 03:52, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

June 10?[edit]

According to my clock, it's been June 10 for, oh, almost 22 hours. Plan on updating the front page anytime soon? :) Stalefries 04:48, 11 June 2007 (UTC)

Wait, what? What's supposed to happen June 10th? Akagi 04:53, 11 June 2007 (UTC)
Where does it say June 10? Are you thinking of July 10, a month from now when The Else will be released? --badqueso 04:57, 11 June 2007 (UTC)
Whoa, wait, July 10? Drat! I was thinking June this whole time. :( Stalefries 02:18, 12 June 2007 (UTC)


is beautiful. ~ magbatz 03:44, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

Created by Gena Wenli from a Flood Promo snap I took. (Azure and Decid. versions up soon, hopefully) :) -CapitalQtalk ♪ 03:46, 12 June 2007 (UTC)
Well, Azure's up, anyway. :D -CapitalQtalk ♪ 04:01, 12 June 2007 (UTC)
And I still can't stand all the extra, fake, pointy hair. --badqueso 05:12, 12 June 2007 (UTC)


It was brought up in a few places, but overall, somehow I think we completely missed the fact that TMBG did the score for Laika's short movie, "Moongirl". Anyone know anything about this movie, or have a copy of it on DVD? Here's a link to Laika's site, where you can watch a short clip -

On Hine Mizushima's blog, there is a screen cap for the end credits, which just shows "Score by They Might Be Giants". We've never done anything for a score before, so I'm not sure if we should just treat it as one song, or what. Thoughts? --Duke33 17:13, 22 June 2007 (UTC)


Craig Robinson is the creator of Minipops, which are drawings of famous people in miniature scale (just a few pixels). He's got almost everyone a fellow can imagine, and as I was scrolling through his list, I found They Might Be Giants. Check it out! He's really good at this kind of thing. Didn't think it was front-pageworthy, but this is a nice place for it. --Mosesofthecows 14:01, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Hy Zaret is Dead[edit]

Wikipedia tells me that Hy Zaret just died, anyone think this is front-page-worthy?--Anextrafacelol 00:25, 5 July 2007 (UTC)

I do. I'll give it my vote. -Cronny


Brooklyn's ambassadors of love are gracing Conan O'Brien's set once again... the question is, with what song? I'd say it's between Take Out The Trash and Climbing The Walls, though it'd be hard to figure which one. Actually, now that I think of it, I'm fairly certain they'll play Climbing the Walls. That's my guess. ~ magbatz 01:24, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

I was hoping that they'd play Climbing The Walls, but then I figured they'd do With The Dark, because the first music video from The Else was to that song. - Ganna
I don't think they'd play With The Dark. After all, the only live shows they've played that are with robots. --WhatIsThatThing 17:49, 6 July 2007 (UTC)
A friend who went to the San Jose show said that Flans mentioned playing I'm Impressed on Conan, but this seems very unlikely to me. It might have been a misunderstanding. I REALLY hope it's Climbing The Walls. That'd be amazing.--INeedACrane 17:55, 7 July 2007 (UTC)
I'm Impressed doesn't seem too unlikely, it's a good live song. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 18:05, 7 July 2007 (UTC)

According to a Myspace bulletin They posted today, "They Might Be Giants will be performing "I'm Impressed" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien this Friday!" Yay :D --Hermy-o-ninny

"I'm Impressed"?! Noooes! Gah, I had a feeling they'd play it, though. They're definately trying to appeal to the more angsty listeners with this decision. Man, I REALLY wanted them to play "The Cap'm". It's still going to be awesome. I love singing along to "I'm Impressed". --Your Half 03:58, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

  • Hopes someone posts it to Youtube.* 17:18, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Holy lordy, I can't wait for this! Does anyone else think they're always at the top of their game when they're on Conan?--Anextrafacelol 03:49, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

Um, I turned it on to watch it, but it got all glitchy then scrubs came on. Did this happen to anyone else or am I just the most unlucky TMBG fan in the world? -Entropy

I'm so sorry that happened to you. Don't worry, it's bound to be on Youtube by tomorrow. Did anyone else notice that Linnell was wearing the same tie he wore in '01 for Man, It's So Loud In Here?--INeedACrane 05:37, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

Hehe. Before They came on, I told my mom that Linnell was definitely going to be wearing very similar stuff as he did then. --Valerie 05:46, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

Yusssss, fixed just in time. HAPPY-NESS! -Entropy

Was it me or did Flans looked kind of pissed the whole time? And Marty just didn't look like, well, Marty. Seemed like they were having an "off" day today. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 07:03, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

Was it me or did Flans looked kind of pissed the whole time?

I was thinking the same exact thing when I saw him. Like his shirt was too tight or something, or like his face was about to explode! I really thought they were all nervous as hell, especially Linnell. His voice was cracking more than a prepubescent teen that just stumbled into the girls locker room! It looked like he thought Conan was going to bite him or something at the end. MIC SLAP! ----

I missed it! I was babysitting and came home before it came on and I fell asleep. At least I had my aunt DVR it for me. :P --Lemita 14:35, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

I think it might have been his haircut. Didn't look all that great. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 18:09, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

New Podcasts!![edit]

Podcast 28B and 28C are now on!

Are you kidding?! Crazy! ~ magbatz 19:33, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
That makes the best kind of no sense. --Scottus0 04:32, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
I'm listening to 28B and it's just 28A. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 07:06, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
I can assure you that it is not. Try again! -CapitalQtalk ♪ 11:19, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
Hmmm... right. I must have listened to the wrong file or something. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 06:40, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

International tour plans?[edit]

According to this page, "TMBG have toured Australia 4 times, and will tour again to support 'The Else'!" Exciting news. For me. Anybody spotted any other news about TMBG's worldwide tour plans? Remembering that Flans announced that the new CD releases "will be accompanied by a stop in your town on our extensive international tour" when the new was launched. --pat 08:06, 15 July 2007 (UTC)

Speaking of, they should update that text. Read:
"They Might Be Giants is/are currently recording two albums in a row-one for adults and one for little kids.On the adult project, currently untitled"
I hear rumors that this adult album is to be called "The Else". Anyone else hear about this? :D Stalefries 02:26, 16 July 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, and I think they're working with some big-time production duo, the name of which currently escapes me. Mucket 04:21, 16 July 2007 (UTC)
Dirt Siblings. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 11:28, 16 July 2007 (UTC)
Wasn't it Filth Sisters? Stalefries 04:36, 17 July 2007 (UTC)


Good news, Soundcheck has a podcast, so you can download it whenever, instead of tuning in to the stream. Linky (iTunes): [1] Stalefries 04:14, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

Edit: sorry, the link went to the WNYC page, not the Soundcheck podcast page. I fixed it. Stalefries 04:15, 17 July 2007 (UTC)
The Podcast doesn't include the segment with the Giants. I'll never get to hear Flansburgh's inclusion of "Hey Hey - You You" in Take Out The Trash ever again! --Mosesofthecows 01:36, 18 July 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, I just saw that. :( Stalefries 04:15, 18 July 2007 (UTC)
Good news! They have the whole show online, streaming-style! Over here: [2]. Stalefries 04:54, 18 July 2007 (UTC)
And you can download the mp3 from this link (they just don't link it on the show page): [3] -- 14:37, 18 July 2007 (UTC)

I found this...[edit]

Don't know if the song is already on there. It sounds like TMBG and is based on the DD commercials from the people who make them. So yeah:

It's already a song, check out the REAL Things I Like To Do video -- Goodtimes2

Oh. Well, I guess I have never seen the Dunkin commercials before.

The Else also on[edit]

I see that iTunes and Amazon are mentioned on the front page. The Else is also available from eMusic ( Depending on your subscription plan, the entire album can be downloaded (legally) for as little as $3.47. Of course, before you go the eMusic route you should check out what else they offer. If your tastes (aside from TMBG) are mostly mainstream, you could get seriously ticked off with what is on offer. If you enjoy music from "independent" musicians, you may get more out of it.

Getting "Next Song" and "Last Song" for each song[edit]

Each album has links to the next and previous albums on its page. So, why not do the same with songs? I hate having to go back to the album page just to select the next song. For example, having links to "Everything Wrong is Right Again" and "Number Three" on the page for "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head." I like reading the songs respective articles as I listen through TMBG albums so this would be a helpful feature. - Teddyleevin

Seconded. I had this exact idea a week ago, when I saw that kind of thing on Wikipedia. - Whirrrlwind (Woosh!) 18:30, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
Thirded. I also had this idea when I got tired of going back to a song's respective album page. --WhatIsThatThing 21:29, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
We used to do a similar thing. We had the track number there which then linked to, for example, Track 6. However, after a few months, the whole thing was taken off of the song pages for the reason that 1) it became a little pointless when you could just go to the album page or to the track # page and 2) many songs have multiple releases, often the main album release is listed after the original release in the "Albums" row, which leads to slight confusion. This new idea would likely have similar consequences, except in addition would also take up more room and the information would be completely available at the song's album page. ~ magbatz 22:34, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
I don't think it's that similar at all. The reason for this feature is so that you don't have to go through the album page to get to the next song. Here's an idea for the "next" and "back" thing: there is a dropdown menu for each album and the next and previous song for each respective album in the dropdown menu. I don't know how hard that would be to implement (probably pretty hard), but then you could see all the albums and have next and previous buttons too. It sounds pretty good to me, but then again, most of my ideas do. --WhatIsThatThing 00:42, 20 July 2007 (UTC)
To those having problems with going back to the album page and opening the next song article, I recommend the tabbed browsing features available in the Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer 7 browsers. Just open the album's song pages in new tabs (a mouse middle-click works), and skip between the tabs when you want to! Nifty stuff. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 02:16, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

I know it's not perfect or the prettiest, but what about doing something like this:

Don't Let's Start Track Navigation
They Might Be Giants (Album)
Track #4
Previous Song:
#3 Number Three
Next Song:
#5 Hide Away Folk Family
A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity
Track #4
Previous Song:
#3 Particle Man
Next Song:
#5 She's An Angel

Which is produced by this:

{{User:Joltman/SongNavTop|SongName=Don't Let's Start}}
|Album=They Might Be Giants (Album)
|PrevSong=Number Three
|NextSong=Hide Away Folk Family
|Album= A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity
|PrevSong=Particle Man
|NextSong=She's An Angel

I'm not expecting this to be used as is, but I hope it at least gets an idea out there. -Joltman 13:58, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Honestly, I think the idea in general is completely unnecessary. The next/previous album links are given on TMBW and Wikipedia because a link to a chronological list of albums is not always available. On each song page, however, we have the link to each album page, which contains the album's track list. I also feel that the next/previous song will be fairly irrelevant or just useless in general most of the time, which is the reason we agreed on removing the Track Number field on song pages just a few months after it was implemented. No offense to anyone, but it just seems like additional bloat. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 21:21, 20 July 2007 (UTC)
Hear, hear. —Gena 22:46, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Song ratings problems![edit]

Sorry, this might not be the best place for this but I have no where else to put it.

I can't seem to be able to rate songs! I can choose the rating, then click the button, and it will reload and say "your vote has been added" (or whatever it is) and say it has moved the song up x places, BUT it shows that the same number of people have rated it as before, and when i go to the song rankings page, it has NOT moved up or down, AND when I go back to the song page it lets me rate it again. Why doesn't it work? --Antgeth 05:04, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Maybe you're trying to do this with songs that you (or the IP address you use perhaps-- I think the code might be smart or something) have already rated. For instance, try a less popularly voted-on song, like Tender Is The Mind or Mississippi (and if it works, give them a ten!). If it's not a user error, though, then the variables that could be messing it up for you are: funky internet connection, something the website doesn't like about your username, your browser, or something wrong with the code of the ratings. It's easy enough to test, since you can just change the variable: use a different browser, try rating logged off of your account (or on a different account), vote on a song from a different computer or even from a different IP address, etc. If none of that works, then, who knows.
Also, while I'm talking under this heading, to whom it may concern:
1) the Birdhouse Sunshine Remix, though deleted, still lingers on the song ratings board; and
2) I've noticed that there's no place now to look at the list of Unranked Songs. I'm guessing that you all did something to the <Ratings> tag (as in, killed it off) when it became a "special page." If at all possible, though, it would be nice to have that back somehow.
~ magbatz 13:26, 20 July 2007 (UTC)
I did try with several very obscure songs, no difference. I also tried clearing my cache, cookies, etc, and using another browser; nothing seems to work. I will try another computer. And why was the sunshine remix page deleted? I love that song! --Antgeth 02:10, 23 July 2007 (UTC)

ratings page[edit]

Did we drop the page of "songs with less than ten votes"? I just went to find it... John-O-Cide

Mentioned directly above, hehe. Brad'll probably add it back soon after seeing these messages. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 23:49, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

D'oh, sorry, I didn't bother checking to see if anyone else had asked... and, ofcourse, it would be right on top of me. Johnocide

need a ticket for tomorrow 7/25?[edit]

Let me know, I have an extra (wife on biz trip to Hong Kong). Ticket is at Will Call. I'll exchange it in person at the Bowery Ballroom.

Give me a buzz, I'll give you a discount on it.


TMBG on Gibson Guitar site[edit]

Is this news? There's an article about The Else and Flans' red ES-335 on the Gibson Guitar website:

-- Don Tillman

Looks like news to me. - ElbridgeGerry 17:29, 30 July 2007 (UTC)
Haha... They Be Might Giants, indeed. thevince 12:47, 5 Aug 2007

Streamline navigation on album pages?[edit]

With the recent decision that back-forward links won't be on track pages, why don't we streamline track navigation on the album pages, by adding links to the lyrics, download, and interpretation (or guitar tabs, whichever is deemed more important)? For example, The Else tracks would be listed like this:

  1. I'm Impressed (lyrics, download, interpretations)
  2. Take Out The Trash (lyrics, download, interpretations)
  3. Upside Down Frown (lyrics, download, interpretations)

...etc. You can find the rough outline of the template here. - ElbridgeGerry 18:44, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

That's a nice idea. I know sometimes I want to look at all the lyrics for an album, and I have to click all the links, and then once they load click again to the lyrics page; so this would make things more convenient. However, there's also the clutter factor, and the is-it-really-that-important factor as well. ~ magbatz 19:02, 30 July 2007 (UTC)
Here's what Lincoln would look like with the treatment. Track times would be easy enough to add as an extra parameter. Doesn't seem to cluttered at all, and it ups the ease-of-use significantly. - ElbridgeGerry 00:14, 31 July 2007 (UTC)
The only thing I would suggest would be to tabulate your additions, so that they line up in a nice column. Russ 18:54, 2 August 2007 (UTC)

Database Error[edit]

Not sure if this is the right place for this, but I got a database error while trying to go to this page, I was using Safari on OSX. Bacon warrior 08:01, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

Every once in a while, a database error shows up when you're surfing the wiki. If the problem doesn't still persist, then it's nothing. ~ magbatz 20:20, 2 August 2007 (UTC)

Pixies Tribute[edit]

Havalina isn't on the Pixies Tribute's Myspace page anymore, at least not when I went to try to play it. -curious and questioning (t) 21:27, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

It's the second clip on "Medley". Akagi 21:45, 31 July 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. I wasn't paying that much attention and just clicked the link when I saw it. -curious and questioning (t) 01:18, 1 August 2007 (UTC)


I was just listening to the latest hotspot from gamespot. They were talking about potential albums for the game Rock Band. And somebody brought up flood. ---Cody-schmidt 04:38, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

Particle Man Cover on Geometry Wars: Galaxies commercial![edit]

A cover of Particle Man is on this commercial! That's front page news-worthy, right? --WhatIsThatThing 01:58, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

That song goes with that game so well. Odd. --Scottus0 19:31, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

A reference to TMBG at the American Natural History Museum?![edit]

I went to the ANHS a few days ago, and there was a reference to TMBG in their discription to some sea creature. The title of some paragraph about a huge sea creature is called "They Might Be Giants". I even got a picture of it. (It is found on the top floor of the room with the Blue Whale life-size model) I'd love to upload the picture somewhere, but I don't know how... --Some guy with an foot

Keep in mind that the band's name itself is a reference to a movie. --Duke33 16:06, 13 August 2007 (UTC)


The band's name is a reference to a movie that's a reference to Don Quixote. - ElbridgeGerry TALK 14:45, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Gearlog Interview[edit]

Gearlog (a PC Magazine blog) has posted a two-part interview with John Flansburgh about the the band's use of technology from Dial-A-Song to Myspace • Part 1 - • Part 2 -

Just read it, "'You're releasing a video on YouTube for every song on The Else.'

'Well, we're doing a lot of videos... but we've got five videos in the works right now. We're doing a video for every song on the next children's project. Those all come out as DVDs as well as CDs, because the kids like the pictures'. ".

Man, atleast 5 videos? Does that include With The Dark, you think? It's going to be pretty sweet

James Brown Hits/ Hits/JB Hits -[edit]

Looking through the TMBG shows currently available for purchase from, I've noticed a song (or several related songs?) that I can't find any info about here on the wiki, so I thought I would ask all of you guys. I found three "Hits" songs on

Searching the wiki, I only found a couple mentions of these songs, but with no real helpful info:

So, that's what I could find. Now can anybody add anything to it? ~Drew

I don't think Jazz Waltz In C has anything to do with those "Hits" songs. As far as I know, it's just thanking the audience for coming to the show... and as for that one, I'm guessing it's Tippecanoe And Tyler Too, one of the tracks on Future Soundtrack For America, which benefits The CD also came out two days after that concert, so it sounds like a reasonable guess to me. Akagi 01:13, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

They're referring to the band intros/thanks, which are punctuated by drum "hits" similar to the kind James Brown would use to punctuate his grunts and statements. I imagine "MoveOn Hits" is so named because Flans is talking about the new compilation. --Oddjob 14:28, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Anyone wanna help me out?[edit]

There's a show on that I desperately want to buy (this one, if you're wondering), but I don't have a credit card. Would anyone be willing to buy this show for me and let me reimburse them via PayPal? Either reply here or email pat(at) THANKS. pat 07:24, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Oh, and just to prove that I'm not just some guy here to scam some money, here's my contributions page. I've been contributing to the wiki since 2004. Woo. pat 03:25, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Don't they allow for purchase using checks or money orders? Go examine the site and see if you can do that. I've done it on other sites before, it's easy and foolproof.

I can't find any other way to pay other than credit card. Oh, and I guess I forgot to mention that on top of that, I live in Australia. -pat 05:35, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

Dr. Spock's Backup Band[edit]

Hi folks,

I'm trying to find the "Dr. Spock's Backup Band" bootleg somewhere on the net... since this isn't officially released I don't see it as morally wrong, or stealing from the Johns... so far my search has been fruitless. Anyone have any ideas?


--Oddjob 00:03, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

You obviously didn't search hard enough. :P In about 5 minutes, I've got 2 links for you: [4] and [5]. Stalefries 20:09, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

Ah, it seems I spoke too soon. Both of those are broken. Sorry. Stalefries 20:10, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, I saw both of those... these things are certainly harder to find than they used to be! Thanks anyway for looking! --Oddjob 02:58, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Marvel miniseries Prevenge reference[edit]

This month's issue #2 of the Marvel Comics miniseries Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11 (the title of which is a reference to the Ocean's 11 series of films) features two TMBG references: The story itself is entitled "Prevenge, Or: 'The Plan,' " and the book's opening splash page has a banner across the top that reads, "Can you tell that I'm planning prevenge? Read my mind, yes, I'm planning prevenge. Fully moto / On the headfo / Rock the info / The micro-type king" --They Might Be Giants. And it fits writer Fred Van Lente's story perfectly. -Drew

That's awesome. Scan that for a fellow Marvel comic fan. --Dunklekuh81

Okay, I'll try to scan the relevant pages sometime over the next week and post them here. ~Drew
I'm currently having some scanner issues, so I'm not sure when this scan's going to happen. Also, in related (but probably purely coincidental) news, the story of this month's Thor #3 is called "Everything Old Is New Again," which may be a reference to the Barenaked Ladies song of the same name (which some people think may be a reference to the TMBG song Everything Right Is Wrong Again). ~Drew

Thinkin' Lincoln[edit]

Today's thinkin' lincoln references TMBG's Your Racist Friend. Not sure if I should add it to the main page or not. ;) --Hermy-o-ninny 19:39, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

As the guy who makes Thinkin' Lincoln, I think you should. ;D -- Miles 16:15, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

FYI: The MPR interview stream has been edited down to 17 minutes. ~Christina Miller, September 2007

Artwork of the Main Page / header[edit]

I wonder if it would be possible to make the main page (or: the header) look more TMBG-related.

The way it is now it´s nice looking, but very neutral and does not have a distinct character. Perhaps a discreet detail taken from TMBG-artwork could be suitable, that is, if it does not affect any copyrights. Right now I don´t have a certain suggestion, but perhaps this is something to consider? If you´re open to that I would like to work on something for the header. by:HypnotistOfLadies

Dashboard Cover[edit]

Anybody see this? I'm not a Dashboard fan but thought some people might be...

Dashboard Confessional Tracklisting

1. Theme From Volume One (Originally performed by They Might Be Giants) 2. Valens (Originally performed by The Movielife) 3. El Scorcho (Originally performed by Weezer) 4. A Year in the Past, Forever in the Future (Originally performed by Grade) 5. Overkill (Originally performed by Men at Work) 6. If I Needed You (Originally performed by Townes Van Zandt) 7. Angels of the Silences (Originally performed by Counting Crows) 8. Catch (Originally performed by The Cure) 9. Pretty Pathetic (Originally performed by Smoking Popes) 10. Crazy (Originally performed by The Afghan Whigs) 11. Better (Originally performed by Regina Spektor)

Link to article


I made this iMix for iTunes of 45 of TMBG's best songs. Tell me if you like it, or what needs changes. Enjoy!

The New Myspace comment[edit]

That was my fault. Hey, is the pot smoking and whatnot really terrible or just occasional? How bad is Atlanta and Savannah? --Dunklekuh81

Figured I'd Ask[edit]

I was just at, and I was reading the article They have recently linked to. Now, should this article go in the News section? Or do we not bother, since They have already linked to it else where? It's if anyone wants to check it out, it's really good!

It is a good article, definitely, but since there's no "news" in it, I'd say to hold off on a main page link. When they're out touring, they usually get write-ups like this in every city they play, if we linked to every article, it'd flood the main page news. --Duke33 13:08, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

Craig Ferguson[edit]

Hey, according to, They're going to play The Mesopotamians on Friday, awesome :D --Jade 02:09, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

I could be wrong, but doesn't this dude come on at the same time as Conan O'Brien? That's a bit of a conflict of interest... musical guests usually come on at the end though, so I suppose I could watch Conan's monologue then switch over to Craig. --Oddjob 17:29, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

-Poor Flansy looked a little left out. Cool, none the less.

Yeah, he did. No instrument or anything, which is kind of odd. Or is that the norm for that particular song? — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 06:12, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
That song didn't sound as good with only one guitar. :\--Anextrafacelol 06:38, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
At the very end of the show, Craig Ferguson wiped his desk off with The Else. Did anyone else see that? --Mosesofthecows 15:57, 13 October 2007 (UTC) Mosesofthecows, check this out, at the very end he does wipe his desk with the else

-Wow, The Alphabets Of Nations was excellent! Hurray!

They Day banner[edit]

That banner looks great! Awesome job whoever did that!

I agree!
Thanks everyone! —Gena 20:46, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Cool awesome fun trivia[edit]

Tell me the link between the Uruk-Hai and The Mesopotamians! (Post your guesses here, I'll try to check back in a couple days) If I can think of a suitable prize (hint: it's not going to cost me money, I don't have any :)), I'll reward the winner! Stalefries 02:33, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Um, Uruk was a city in Mesopotamia. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 06:41, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
Is that really it? I've been thinking about it, and I haven't been able to come up with anything. Being the rabid LoTR fan that I am, I'm starting to speculate that it's something fairly obvious that I'm somehow overlooking. -Gannabel
CupOfCoffee wins it! Stalefries 17:30, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

Mesopotamians a Battle of the Bands Song?[edit]

Wouldn't you consider the Mesopotamians to be part of the Battle of the Bands project? I mean it's not officially listed there, but I think it fits the criteria as well as any Else (pun intended). I mean it's TMBG playing the role of a fictional band. What more do you need?

Well, even though it fits the criteria, I'm pretty sure 'battle of the bands' is best left for the ones who were actually part of the actual project, such as tracks from Demchuck and what-not.

Taxidermy is now a Song Theme?[edit]

I was noticing that They find taxidermy funny:

With the Dark: My mind naturally turns to taxidermy.
No Answer: The second verse contains a tiger preserved by taxidermy.
Whence That Wince: There is also an animated short by Mr. Linnell to accompany the Walt Kelly poem, and the short stars the preserved head of a bear, a shark and some other beasties. Oddly, the little song itselfhas nothing to do with taxidermy, aside from the video.

Enough instances to add it to the Song Themes page?

~Christina Miller, October, 2007

There are also dinosaur taxidermy heads in The Guitar music video.

Omagosh, I completely missed that one! --Christina 19:36, 23 October 2007 (UTC)


They Might Be Giants have had a lot of different t-shirts for sale over the years, and some quite interesting and unique designs. What do you guys think about adding a page that catalogs them all and includes information on them, like when they came out and who designed them? People could contribute what they know about the shirts they personally own, for instance, and pictures. Just a thought. --Kassi 00:21, 19 October 2007 (UTC) Sounds good...go for it!--Duke33 01:30, 19 October 2007 (UTC)


I love the sims, so I know that the article on the main page is wrong, They are either recording Take Out The Trash in simlish for the next expansion pack for The Sims 2, or the Sims 3, not the Sims. It's more likely for the next expansion for The Sims 2 though. Neavers 11:39, 26 October 2007 (GMT+1)

20Q People[edit]

I was playing with one of these things, and I did Linnell, and at first it said "Weird Al" but the second time it said "John Linnell" a few minutes ago, I did Flansy, and at first it said Rob Zombie, but then it did Flansy. So it could be good to mention that both are featured in the 20Q People game. --Dunklekuh81

I dunno, isn't the whole point of those things to have *everybody*?--Riblet15 13:16, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, but can a thing so small have enough memory to include Flansburgh and Linnell in a plethora of famous names? I'm thinking it suggests that they are incredibly famous, because Patrick Warburton (played Puddy on Seinfeld and billions of cartoon voices, currently on Rules of Engagement) doesn't seem to be on there. Dunklekuh81