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Dirty Sexy Money promo[edit]

I've found the promo for each episode aired on YouTube and none has Take Out The Trash in it. Couldn't find one for the show in general that had it in it either. Anybody seen it, or did a scrapped/future usage just show up on Flan's BMI statement? Oddly enough though, the show's promos seem to have bookended my music library as Sting's Brand New Day was the first album I bought on my own (not counting birthday/Xmas gifts) and The Else is my most recent purchase. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 03:28, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

William Allen White Pumpkin Stencil?[edit]

Anyone out there have a pumpkin stencil of William Allen White, for Halloween? If not, are there any artistic types out there that want to take a shot? --Duke33 02:33, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

o.O i never thought about that! that would be stunning. i however, am not the person to do so. i am not what you would call an artistic type. --Antgeth 02:43, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
Had a little free time at work ;) --Oddjob 18:20, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
That is excellent...great jorb! --Duke33 19:59, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Azure skin[edit]

I recently stumbled upon this wiki (via Google) while searching for MediaWiki skins, and I was instantly impressed by the Azure skin you're using. I'm wondering if it's possible to use this skin for a wiki that I administer; where to get it and how exactly to install it. Thanks, Hangfromthefloor 18:41, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

We're glad that you like it...Fortunately for us (unfortunately for you), it was custom made for us. --Duke33 19:36, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
I realized that after I looked at This_Might_Be_A_Wiki:History#Custom_Skins. However, also noticing that you programmed most of the custom extensions for this site (Special:Version), I'd think you would know how to install/remove skins? Hangfromthefloor 22:09, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
Yes, we know how to install and remove skins. Azure was created and designed specificially for TMBW, however; not for use on other MediaWiki websites. Meta has a nice gallery of freely usable MediaWiki skins created for distribution. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 23:04, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
Heh. Well, that's too bad. I would have offered to purchase it. It's almost perfect, except that the background transparency delays scrolling. Hangfromthefloor 23:11, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
I mean, can I purchase it? Hangfromthefloor 01:40, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, buster brown, but Azure is my baby. I spent countless hours creating this from scratch, then countless more fine-tuning it with some other TMBW staff members. It's not something any of us would be willing to sell to the Talk:Main Page gypsies, it's a core part of TMBW's visual identity. But we're glad you like it. And the background lag is totally on purpose. ^_^ —Gena 11:40, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
I understand. Anyways, I like the "Talk:Main Page gypsies". Hangfromthefloor 20:40, 4 November 2007 (UTC)
No hard feelings. I did not mean to imply that you were a gypsy, only that we know nothing about you. And Azure really is like a child to the TMBW staff. —Gena 21:16, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
Is it blasphemy, then, to say that I prefer the Wookie-fied Azure? :) Stalefries 05:46, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
Wookiee Azure (Deciduous) is really like a child dressed up in a Halloween costume. Cute for a while, but the everyday look is preferable. IMHO at least. ^_- —Gena 22:53, 10 November 2007 (UTC)

Pushing Daisies[edit]

I watched the Pushing Daisies episode that was supposed to contain TMBG refs or whatever...and there was no such thing. Did I watch the wrong episode, or was whoever posted that just misinformed? Spiraling Shape 04:21, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

I believe it was the second episode of the show, aired two weeks ago for the first time. Are you sure you watched the correct episode? -CapitalQtalk ♪ 04:59, 4 November 2007 (UTC)
Well, the clips from the episode are on Youtube now, so I guess you can see it here: --McBob 17:21, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

genre discussion[edit]

In preperation of Tuesdays TMBG concert, a friend of mine did a poor job describing the band to his girlfriend. This prompted a few of us to come up a good description of the band's unique sound. this is what we came up with, hope you like it. (feel free to correct spelling)

 "Misc. fun, mellow, general unclassifiable rock.
  Excited, sad, british-esque easy-listening.
  Educational, east-coast, indie music.
  And alternative children rock."

Length of Shows 2007 tour[edit]

any idea how long shows are lasting on this tour (Autumn 2007?)

I am going to show in Pittsburgh next week, and have babysitter only until 11PM! (show starts at 8 with opening act, oy)

Can the sarcastic comments, just the facts please.

Appreciate it.

According to the shows I've downloaded, the shows last from an hour and a half to an hour and forty minutes (TMBG songs tend to be short, so they get a lot of tunes in). Assuming the band goes on at nine, you may have to leave early, depending on how far you live from the venue. --Oddjob 15:44, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

---> Hey, thanks buckaroo!

That Grand Rapids interview[edit]

I really enjoyed this interview. It seemed pretty run-of-the-mill in terms of questions, but Flansburgh really seemed to be in a reflective state over what the band is and has been to him, the band, and the outside world. The only negative is that all the mentioning of Dial-A-Song was said in the past tense :(. ~ magbatz 14:28, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

Awww, it's so sweet that he refers to the wiki when making setlists and such. High fives and muffins for Flans! :D --Lemita 14:43, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

Direct From Brooklyn Commentary[edit]

Hi, I love this site, and I was just wondering if there were any transcripts for the commentary on the Direct From Brooklyn dvd. I was watching it and I think it would be helpful to have what They are saying written out for everyone to read. Thanks. -- 00:02, 22 November 2007 (UTC)

I thought about that too, but it seems kinda pointless, because you're supposed to listen to the commentary while watching the video; if you just read it on a website, you'll have no idea what part of the song/video they're talking about because there's no video to accompany the written transcript. But on the other hand, it'd still be interesting to read, so i still think this is a good idea. --McBob 01:18, 22 November 2007 (UTC)
Could we get an admin or somebody to say yes or no on this idea? I'm willing to make an account and help write transcripts if it's OK'd. -- 23:19, 24 November 2007 (UTC)
I'm no admin, but I don't think there'd be any problem with transcribing the commentary. I'd have to go against the pointlessness argument by saying that it would be nice to have a block of written text of what they were saying as you were watching the DVD, plus it's always a good source to refer to. Then, the only thing that might be bad about making that page would be that, by making the commentary text freely available via the wiki, we might be robbing the Giants of some extra (well deserved) revenue. Though I would counter that by saying 1) we already have enough "official" text on this site anyway, and 2) it really doesn't do you any good without Direct From Brooklyn in the first place. So yeah, if you're willing, by all means, go ahead. ~ magbatz 07:47, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
The answer is no, that's a DVD-exclusive feature that does not belong outside of the disc itself. If someone wants to know what the Johns have said during the commentary, that person can purchase the disc themselves from a wide selection of retail and online stores. (See also: Talk:Direct From Brooklyn for an earlier request for a DfB commentary transcription.) Sorry! -CapitalQtalk ♪ 09:44, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
Darn. But, as someone else said on the discussion page, the people at H*RWiki do transcript everything available on all of the DVDs, as well as the commentaries from the creators of the animations. I just thought it would be helpful as sometimes it's hard to hear what the Johns are saying.
If it is transcribed here in its entirety, it can just as easily be used as a replacement for the purchase as it can be used as a supplement for people who own it. If you don't understand a few lines here or there, you could always ask on TMBW if anyone else understands them. :] -CapitalQtalk ♪ 18:49, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

Jacob Two-Two[edit]

While watching Saturday Morning Cartoons with my younger brother today, I saw a reference to They Might Be Giants in a show called "Jacob Two-Two". The particular episode was "Dollars for Scholars", and the reference involved some lyrics from Istanbul Not Constantinople. The clip can be seen here. Technically, they could be referencing The Four Lads, but I prefer to think it's TMBG. --Mosesofthecows 20:20, 24 November 2007 (UTC)

children's show in New Hampshire[edit]

Hi, My seven year old loves TMBG and I noticed they will be holding a children's show in New Hampshire at the end of March. I was wondering if anyone knew whether or not they will be playing only songs from their children's albums. My son loves their general music and I don't want to drive him up to N.H. without knowing what type of music to expect. His favorite songs are "Don't Let's Start" and "Particle Man." He plays their music every day!!!! Thanks for any information.

It is a children's show, so it will more than likely focus more on No!, Bed Bed Bed, the ABCs, and 123s. (I would expect a heavy emphasis on the 123's, since it will have just been released.) There might be a few other songs from their non-children albums, such as Dr. Worm and Particle Man, but they will probably be the exception, not the norm. You can go here to see the playlist for the last kids show they did. --Duke33 15:57, 26 November 2007 (UTC)


Love it guys, especially the Santa White at the bottom.-Cody-schmidt 01:37, 1 December 2007 (UTC)

Yes, it is a holiday miracle. Gena is responsible for all of the awesomeness as usual, of course. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 01:45, 1 December 2007 (UTC)
Haha, I thought the colour was off on my laptop at first :D That Gena is a genious. --Jade 03:03, 1 December 2007 (UTC)
Brilliant! --badqueso 11:47, 1 December 2007 (UTC)
Any chance we'll be able to keep this after the holidays, similar to Deciduous? stalefries 10:01, 10 December 2007 (UTC)
I can probably work something up. We'll see. I'm glad everyone likes it! —Gena 22:37, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

Don't Lets Start remix[edit]

I remember reading of some sort of Don't Let's Start remix, and now I can't find it anywhere, despite my Google-fu! Halp! stalefries 23:51, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

Are you referring to They Might Be Starting by djbc? --Akagi, not logged in
Ah, yes! Thanks muchly! stalefries 09:59, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

Xavier: Renegade Angel[edit]

No one has mentioned this on here that I've seen, but Flans made a live-action cameo on the Adult Swim show Xavier: Renegade Angel last week! The full episode ("World of Hurt, B.C.") is no longer online but you can see clips of it by going to Adult Swim Video, then going to the "Comedy" folder and clicking on "Xavier: Renegade Angel". The clips labelled "Sand Madness", "Numb Nutted Neanderballs" and "Every Slice of Bacon" feature the Flans. Of note, the show was co-created by noted supertaster John Lee who also co-created the MTV2 series Wonder Showzen. (It's also really really funny, but doesn't work as well in clip form, IMO).

Anyway I mention this here because I kinda thought it should be on the front page but it's a little late now and I don't know if it should still be included and if it should be back-dated or what. It's also worth mentioning in Television Appearances but I don't know how to link directly to those clips. Any help would be appreciated--Anextrafacelol 20:20, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

Cool. So does that bring the Adult Swim Flanscount up to 3? (this, Home Movies, and Space Ghost) ~ magbatz 20:41, 14 December 2007 (UTC)
Oh, I probably should have mentioned that this aired on December 9 (although technically the 10th because I believe it aired at midnight eastern).--Anextrafacelol 20:45, 14 December 2007 (UTC)
Hah, the one week I didn't bother watching. YouTube has the episode: Part 1; Part 2. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 00:15, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
Wow, they did a really good job making him not seem like Flans! Haha. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 00:28, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
No kiddin'! I didn't know it was him until I saw his name in the credits (which is weird because Xavier doesn't even usually run credits)--Anextrafacelol 02:12, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

UltraStar - sorely in need of TMBG goodness![edit]

Hey guys,

UltraStar is a OpenSource singing/rhythm game similar to SingStar for the playstation. It is a karaoke game that lets you create a textfile encoded with timecodes, notes and lyrics that are used in conjunction with the original music files from the users collection. you can even have it played over the music video if it is available.

It would be an awesome thing to have the ultrastar txt file available as one of the download links for the songs. I don't know how to make the files - but the Michael Jackson and Beatles fans have started doing it for those groups and surely the TMBG nerds can do better!

Check it out and see what you think UltraStar Delux Website - i would suggest starting with the songs as they are ranked in the popularity page - so Birdhouse first!

Pop Candy Mention[edit]

There's a little post about the new podcast and album on USA Today's Pop Candy blog. --Scottus0 21:40, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Bluestock Video[edit]

the video of TMBG at this link isn't working for me. I've tried Firefox and Internet Explorer. And flash won't install right on a new computer i have (HPw2007). --Goodtimes2 08:29, 21 January 2008

The Bluestock link has been down for some time now. If you are particularly interested in the performance, you can purchase the DVD at Amazon. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 18:55, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

American Idol[edit]

I just heard the song No! on American Idol. It was freaking cool. Is it news worthy? --Goodtimes2

Personally, I think it's dumb, but hey, I'm a bitter old man. :D --Luke 03:29, 24 January 2008 (UTC)
A bitter, young old man! :D -CapitalQtalk ♪ 07:25, 24 January 2008 (UTC)
That's the kind of thing that I would like to be informed about, but the powers that be don't seem to deem it worthy... -Cronny
TMBG clips are played quite often on broadcast television, whether it be a late-night variety show or FOX reality show (though the latter is much less frequent). It's a small matter of interest (worthy of, say, a topic in a popular fan community), but I don't think it's really deserving of front-page news. Especially since it has already aired and will not be airing again. Incidentally, for those interested, here's the clip! -CapitalQtalk ♪ 07:25, 24 January 2008 (UTC)
Wow, I'd think you guys would find that just stupid and embarrassing. I thought it was pretty amusing. And, I'd think I'm the only loser who tunes in to watch the craptastic auditions. Cool, I'm not! :D --Lemita 14:17, 24 January 2008 (UTC)

I now find it funny that, while This Might Be a Wiki finds the American Idol news to be too lowly and undeserving and unimportant to leave on the Current Events page, it made headline news in the official TMBG mailing/email list. ~ magbatz 06:52, 29 January 2008 (UTC)


So, did anybody catch the show? Does anyone remember what they played before Alice Cooper? They had some good music.

It was a great set (hooray for Neutral Milk Hotel!). The playlist is here, under 9pm: -CapitalQtalk ♪ 05:43, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

Dunkin Donuts During Super Bowl[edit]

What quarter was the Dunkin' Donuts commercial shown? I missed it, but it's entirely possible that I was out of the room or something. Also, can we verify that it was on the national feed, and not local? --Duke33 16:16, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Not Really News, But If You're Interested...[edit]

There are about a dozen videos on YouTube with Dan Miller demoing a bunch of guitar effects. Some are pretty cool. I recommend all guitarists to check it out! -AtionSong 22:45, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

Johns on World Cafe[edit]

Today at 2 to 4 PM! (Or has this already been noted?) --Henry 16:25, 8 February 2008 (UTC)

Here Come The 123s[edit]

When I bought my copy, Here Come The 123s was #13 in Music on Amazon and #1 in Childrens' Music on Amazon! Way to go! -Krueger

Rapping Over TMBG[edit]

I understand that this isn't news worthy but I thought some people would want to hear it. It's this kid who goes by Frankie Castle rapping over John Linnell's "Illinois." --2sheds

Now it seems Castle is rapping over "No Plan B"

Sunday Now[edit]

I think the Sunday Now magazine dated 27 Jan 2008 contained some sort of interview with the Johns shown Here -- (GMT) 22:08 Tdlicrfth1471

TMBG On Sims On Stage?[edit]

Since they did work on the new soundtrack, does anyone think that the short theme on the Sims On Stage site might be They also? Give it a listen: Sims On Stage

I hear some clips that sound like Linnell singing...could be. I do recall that they said that they were doing the version of take out the trash, as well as doing a cover of the theme. Maybe that's what they meant. --Duke33 15:26, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Here Come The ABCs[edit]

Looks like Here Come The ABCs has pushed its way back to #2 on Amazon's kids chart: --Duke33 02:02, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

Movie entitled "Don't Let's Start"[edit]

This is strange... [1] --Valerie 22:33, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

"19 year old Wallace Elend is a bipolar, obsessive-compulsive insomniac, working at a run-down movie theater with a boss who hates him and the only two people he's close to, Michael Elfman and Ana Ng." Uhhhhhhh. It also seems that Corn Mo will make an appearance as himself. Interesting. Yeah. ~ magbatz 22:41, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

--Woh... lol (heheheh cool!) Panarchy 06:45, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

Installing and Serving?[edit]

My TMBG Road Crew hoodie just arrived, and it's the best hoodie in the world. ever. However, for some reason, under the logo, the slogan reads "Installing and Serving Melody Since 1982", rather than the usual "Installing and Servicing Melody Since 1982".

Just thought it was weird. And dumb. -pat 06:25, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Yeah. I think that might be because of a constraint on the size of the graphic on the shirt. Though I could be wrong. ~ magbatz 14:02, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

April Fools'[edit]

Sorry - I've been too busy with other stuff to come up with a good prank this year. Oh well. --Duke33 12:20, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

Waahhh! Not funny. D: (But a damn good prank!) --Henry 15:15, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

I ... You ... THAT WASN'T FUNNY! Oh, that was the worst April Fool's Day prank I've EVER suffered EVER. I hope you're happy, youze guyz ....

Okay, okay, it was a good one. But jeez, why not add iodine to the cut now, and tell us the Johns have split the music industry or something? Donata Traverso 17:34, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

That was not even a little funny! When I found out it was an April Fools' joke, I actually cried. -Ganna

Good thing I don't believe anything posted on April 1st. --MichelleMaBelle 21:38, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

I read it and then decided it was a joke... but really, you got my hopes up. D: I only called Dial-A-Song once (like forty-three if you count how many times I tried to get better service while calling)... *cries in a corner* --Lemita 22:57, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

Cried? That earns you a hefty wow with Ox22. Come on, it was a darn good prank. Ya'll are too thin-skinned. :b --Luke 01:49, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

It could have been worse. I for one thought the DAS prank was brilliant. =P -Hermy-o-ninny

You selfish capitalists. This ruined my whole day, and just so you could have a second of fun. - Anonymous

Whoa whoa whoa. I will have you know that this idea was 100% the product of good old fashioned classical Marxism. ~ magbatz 04:44, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
oops sorry, I see now how it contributes to the end of all four original bureaucracies: religion, the state, commerce, and technology. - The goat your mother married

Crap, I quickly skimmed it at school, and I almost had a stroke when I read the thing slowly. Then I clicked on the link, and I didn't realize what happened at first, so I scrolled down some. Then I screamed in anger. Must have been the best April Fools prank ever played, especially because of the timing (what with the "podcast took over" crap in the interview a couple of weeks ago). Mr. 77

I know it was meant for a fun prank, so I'm not mad at anyone. But even though I came to this site yesterday prepared for a joke, I had been hoping and wishing for dial-a-song to come back so badly that I really wanted to believe it, and I did. Sorry, but it really felt like a let-down rather than something I would laugh about. Ganna

...*grudgingly* Okay, it was kinda funny. :) Nice job people who made it up. And I didn't really cry. I used that as an expression. --Lemita 22:21, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Would someone mind telling me what this prank was?

Why, I would mind! --Luke 00:00, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

Zooglobble - Ballot box stuffing time![edit]

Here we go, everyone, the final of KidVid Tournament 2008. This contest pits "Cheese" from Mr. Richard's Polka Dot Puzzle (video directed by Banks Helfrich) against "The Seven Days of the Week (Never Go To Work)," from They Might Be Giants' Here Come the 123s CD/DVD (video directed by David Cowles and Sean McBride). As always, vote once per family only, please, in the comments below. Votes are due by 9 PM West Coast (midnight East Coast) tonight (Tuesday). And, remember, vote nicely.

Go here to vote for TMBG!

Very disappointed[edit]

I purchased tickets for the TMBG show held on March 30th at Portsmouth, NH. I drove up from CT with my husband and son who is eight and a HUGE fan of the old and new TMBG songs. He doesn't listen to their children's albums, he listens to the old albums, and The Else is his favorite album. When I purchased the tickets the venue's web site noted that there were two shows for that day; a children's show in the afternoon and another show in the evening (not children's songs). I purchased tickets for the evening show because we are not familiar withe kids songs. I checked the venue's site a number of times before the event (I bought the tickets in January).

We drove three hours, got a hotel room, and showed up for the concert only to find out that TMBG were not allowing children under 14 to attend. Needless to say, we were very upset. This information had never been posted on the venue's web site. I have been to three TMBG shows and never found anything inappropriate about them (except the venues which were often bars). We specifically chose this venue because it was family friendly. Well, we ended up turning around and driving back three hours home. My son and I still enjoy the group but my husband won't listen to them anymore. Sad day, especially for my son, since the show was his birthday gift from us.

Well, TMBG are clear in every outlet they have that their live shows are 14+. Don't know if the venue had that information too when you bought tickets. While I find their reasons (language, inability to absolutely prevent moshing, etc., possible drugs and alcohol presence) a little, uh, unsubstantial, that's their rule nonetheless. But enough sounding like a dick... Sorry about your non-show and your kid's birthday, I hope he got to enjoy it anyway. This must have been unnerving enough if the fact that TMBG's typical live show has a 14+ minimum age would cause your husband to boycott listening to any of their music. ~ magbatz 02:21, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
You spent money for tickets that you did not substantially research for a show you were planning to take your child to and it's the band's fault? This is why amercia should be padded. --Luke 02:45, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
If in doubt, you should always question it. I have younger children, but I always make sure to check age limits before taking them to any show (of any band). I would also say that at any point at which a band is doing two shows, one of which is a family show and the other is called "Intimately Yours", there's probably an age limit for the later show. (I don't disagree that they should have posted the age limits on the 2nd show on their site, but there are other sources to check if in doubt...for example, we had the 14+ age restriction posted on our Shows page.) I am sorry that you and your family didn't get to see the show...both were quite fun. Hopefully you'll be able to see them at one of the family shows this summer, if you can convince your husband to give the band a second chance. --Duke33 02:55, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
Update: OK, I can't confirm what the Music Hall's page looked like back in January, when you bought the tickets, but it looks like their info page is still up there (thank god for lazy webmasters and google!): It very clearly states: This performance is age restricted to 14 and up (even with the accompaniment of an adult). --Duke33 12:30, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
I bought tickets for the 7 pm 12/31/08 show at the TLA in Philadelphia, planning to bring my kids, and scrupulously checked the Ticketmaster website for the rules. The page said unequivocally "14+ or with parent/guardian". Like the OP, I saw the sign about the true age policy on the box office window as we walked in. Fortunately for my gang, the muscle guarding the door didn't care. The bouncers didn't even pat down the seven-year-old for weapons or microphones.
In retrospect, I feel foolish bringing kids to a rock show and having to both guard them and possibly infringe on other people's experience. My kids were perfectly well behaved, but I don't know who felt inhibited around them. We got away with it and had a great time at an awesome show, but I would not recommend bringing kids under 13 to a TMBG show in the future. I wish Ticketmaster's web page had the correct information; if not, what did I pay all those fees and surcharges for?

Do you like TMBG old or new stuff better?[edit]


Just wondering what if you like TMBGs old stuff better then the new stuff or there new stuff better then there old stuff (by old & new I mean music & videos and music-videos!!!)


Anyways, in general I like there old stuff better (wearing a raincoat, it's not my birthday, Ana Ng etc.) though I do like there new stuff as well, though not as much... (exceptions: We Live In A Dump, Greasy Kid Stuff)

Maybe it's better if I said, as a general statement, I LOVE TMBG OLD STUFF (pre-2006 or 2005) and I like TMBGs new stuff (post-2006)

How about yourself?

Please reply,

Panarchy 06:40, 18 April 2008 (UTC)-

How can you possibly consider anything before "2006 or 2005" old stuff? "Wearing a Raincoat" came out in 2004 and you consider it old? TMBG's been around since 1982 and their first album was released 22 years ago, but you consider only stuff in the last two years to be "new stuff"? o_O Anyway, I guess I tend to prefer older recordings/songs a little more (typically 1983 through 1989), but maybe that's just the elitist snob part of me. :] -CapitalQtalk ♪ 07:50, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
I'm with Capitol Q. As a long time fan, I definitely prefer the early stuff. I consider the "classic" material to be anything pre-Mink Car, before their 5-year hiatus from making new studio albums. While amazing in their own right, I considered Mink Car and The Spine to be a little disappointing (based on my highly inflated and perhaps unrealistic expectations), though I do find The Else to be outstanding and on par with their mid-90's work. I do miss the lo-fi, DIY drum machine era though, and I miss hearing Flansy's whacked-out, crazed guitar solos (Dig My Grave, Twistin, now that they have Dan Miller to deliver polished, professional ones. --Oddjob 13:43, 18 April 2008 (UTC)--Oddjob 13:43, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
I can't choose, really. The Pink Album, Lincoln, even Flood have their old-school John and John charm, and when they got a backing band, their two-man-band-charm was enhanced by a backing band, and making their music even more... exciting I guess. Nowadays, I do like their stuff. I appreciate Dan and Danny and Marty, they're very talented, but we all know that They Might Be Giants is truly just Flans and Linnell. On a side note, I feel like The Spine is more 90s TMBG than Mink Car-ish... just me? --Lemita 01:28, 19 April 2008 (UTC)

Podcast 34A Preview?[edit]

That's a pretty in depth preview if I do say so myself, How good of a podcast would it be if there was even more music to be added for the official release! --Tedadore2

TMBG Animation[edit]

Does anyone know how to get in touch with TMBG concerning animation - as in: I'd like to do some animation for them?


Greg Matusic

Flans had some comments in an interview (look for "How did you go about selecting the animators for the videos?") on how some people were hired. Most people were friends of ColourMovie, the One Everything animator contacted them through their Myspace profile. I think Hine just put her TMBG-related art and videos online and that got their attention. If you want to get proactive, I'd say contacting their management might be the best idea. --badqueso 09:00, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

TMBG at the TED conference[edit]

I guess they played at the TED conference last year, and they put up the recording of their session just recently (today or yesterday?).

"In a very, very early-morning set, They Might Be Giants rock the final day of TED2007. Songs include "Older," "Bee of the Bird of the Moth," "Asbury Park," "Fingertips," the premiere of "Phone Calls from the Dead," and "Alphabet of Nations.""

Here ya go: [2] User:stalefries (Not logged in)

Whee! (There's a couple more links here if you're interested.) ~ magbatz 04:31, 2 May 2008 (UTC)


Since everybody neglected to inform me, I figured I'd spread the word to fellw facebookers, TMBG has a page now. I guess it's been up for like a month actually. Here's the link : [3] --Jade 19:39, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Anyone have any idea what this is?[edit]'

Music video for I'm All You Can Think About, maybe? --Luke 05:33, 4 May 2008 (UTC)


i opened it with audacity and it appears to be a sped up version of I'm All You Can Think About. it's weird. even when i slow it down so Linnell doesn't sound like a chipmunk it is still very fast and skips alot. it also has this weird static sound at the beginning. --inunaota4a


I know this is probably a FAQ but what kind of accordion is in this picture? --Goodtimes

It's Linnell's Main Squeeze (which I thought was the best brand name for an accordion ever). It can also be seen being played by Linnell at TED in this picture. The manufacturer's website is here. -pat 14:55, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

where can i find the prices for these accordions? -- Goodtimes

"This is a unique opportunity to own one of these beauties at the unbelievably low price of $1395.00. Limited edition."
Damn. I just recently got me a new one for €80 (that's 120 of your $). - Whirrrlwind (Woosh!) 17:27, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Just noticed this:

"The Main Squeeze Model 911 is the most solid accordion I've ever played. It should meet the demands of any serious musician, whether they play professionally or just for the love of it." --John Linnell (They Might Be Giants)

From the Main Squeeze website. --badqueso 03:24, 14 January 2009 (UTC)


New Dunkin Donuts commercial last night. Wasn't sure what to call the song, so right now it's Moving. User:Flood 222

Istanbul On Dancing With The Stars[edit]

Looks like someone danced to TMBG's version of Istanbul on this week's show: --Duke33 13:38, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

The ultimate TMBG collectible?[edit]

Wow, has anyone seen [4] on ebay? Holy cow! --Jade 22:28, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Whoa! That's pretty sweet. Too rich for my blood though. --CBGBrocker22

So they are the actual action figures?! If they are, then wow... really wow. Wish I could get one. --Lemita 01:31, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

Stompy Intro[edit]

I went to a Giants concert last week and they played the "stompy intro". Any idea where I can find it?

Apparently, the Stompy Intro is played in the background of the TMBG Tour Announcement podcast. ~ magbatz 02:32, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Jonathan Coulton "Birdhouse"[edit]

For those of you Jonathan Coulton fans out there, you should be delighted like me to see the following video:

-AtionSong 15:50, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

Can we post Fan COVERS!?!?!?[edit]

Just think it would be awesome to have a whole gallery of TMBG fan cover videos to browse so we can all support each others art. --Cfreemanactor

You know, as a person who makes fan covers (not necessarily videos) and has thought about the same idea a bunch of times, I think it is a great idea! --Propman 14:53, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
We've got pages at Covers and Fan Videos!


Remember when you post an interpretation that it's supposed to be about how YOU interpret it. There's too many interps that try to figure out what the Johns meant by it. --Dunklekuh81

I agree, but I disagree. I like French fries, but I don't like French fries. I like to interpret things the way I like, and I usually unknowingly leave a print of whatever crazy philosophies are running through my head at the time (for example, a society-bashing Name interp and a Buddhist-tinged DLS interp...). Though I often think people are complete idiots for saying any random song is totally connected to this one girlfriend they didn't-let's-start with, of course you shouldn't discourage their free association by saying that on the wiki (which I think is the point of what you were saying). And in defense of interpretations that try to figure out what the original intent was, analysis of the author's meaning is a cornerstone of interpretation of literature, and I find John-code-cracking to be a joy. ~ magbatz 17:21, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Well, yeah. That's okay sometimes, but it seems like 99% of all interps are strictly based on the John's life experiences or whatever. Drawing some originality, ya know, paint your own picture. --Dunklekuh81

Ah! Yes! I agree! I am flooded with memories of my Withered Hope interpretation... everyone had these elaborate inner meanings, I just said it was about some bag that loved a withered thing... anyway, the interps that irk me are fiine in moderation... but hearing about as Magbatz said your "girlfriend [you] didn't-let's-start with" really doesn't interest me. But, we can't forbid it, that is hypocracy, plus it's a wiki... --Apollo 01:17, 3 June 2009 (UTC)


I was reading an article about Strong Bad's Cool Game For Atractive People today, and TMBG was briefly mentioned, made me smile. Here's the quote:

Will there be any They Might Be Giants songs in the game?
Strong Bad: Only if my nerd-music detector stops working. This is a Strong BAD game, not a Strong SAD game, man!

Also, it would be pretty awesome if they did do some music for it :] --Jade 19:43, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

I've always thought TMBG makes good background music for video games (ever try muting your TV and playing it over stuff? AMAZING), so yeah, that'd be cool. Also, where'd that quote come from? I've read a few articles but never saw that one. Akagi 06:28, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
I want to say is came from the latest issue of Nintendo Power (my sister ripped it the article of a friend's magazine, so I'm not positive), on page 22 --Jade 09:30, 15 June 2008 (UTC)


Does anyone know what order the songs from Mancow's radio show comes in? -- Goodtimes2

One Weekly Gun[edit]

One Weekly Gun ( celebrated the birthday of John Linnell last week with their own original tribute song. You can hear it here. --Duke33 12:41, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

New Album Announced[edit]

Well, kinda... The newsletter announced that, "After Dan Miller's big wedding, we're fully embarking on our new album projects, but are taking a bit of time out to keep our live side thrivin'."

So yeah, a new album is being worked on. --Dunklekuh81

I just came here to ask what the chances of a new album would be. Yay New "Mysterious" Album!.

How long should it be before we can expect an "Official" Press Release? --Tedadore2 01:38, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

I'd say maybe December. Or May. --Dunklekuh81
Probably a lot longer than December-- May sounds slightly more realistic (though also slightly unrealistic). TMBG spends a lot of time recording in the studio, and it seems they'll be dedicating this fall to touring. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 01:53, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

I guess the recent news confirmed it. I like the kids albums, but I'm bummed it's not an adult album. --Dunklekuh81

Mmmhmm. Gotta second that. The Else was really great, I'd love to hear more new adult stuff. --Lemita 01:33, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

The thing that makes me really disappointed is Flansy's attitude towards the adult projects. It seems like they are only going to keep it up for awhile before going 100% kids projects. That type of behavior just cost him the Best John award. Linnell gets it now :B --Dunklekuh81

WHOA NOW. Don't do anything rash. We Flansburghers are rarer than you think, so just rethink your decision before you go and do something you may regret later. ~ magbatz

You might be right, magbatz. But you have to agree with me, Flansy needs to remember us older kids. I take pride in my glasses and my left-handedness because of Flansy. --Dunklekuh81

A Little Help?[edit]

Does anybody know how to access the mp3s at I've been trying to figure this out for quite some time now. It's so tantalizing! If necessary feel free to email me at

TDK's FTP has been down for a few years now. Not sure if/when he'll be getting it restored. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 12:01, 18 August 2008 (UTC)
Rats.. Well, thanks!