Dial-A-Wiki at (505) TMBW-505 is a now-defunct song-a-day telephone service and unofficial fan tribute to They Might Be Giants' Dial-A-Song. Callers were greeted with a different song by They Might Be Giants every day, and could leave a voicemail message after the beep if desired.
The service was created on August 10, 2010 by This Might Be A Wiki admin Jon Uleis. Dial-A-Wiki was powered by the free Google Voice telecommunications service, which can act as an answering machine with a 60-second length limitation on voicemail greetings (limiting the service to short songs, or edited versions of songs). The service ran for approximately one month before its cancellation.
- Note: This FAQ is preserved in the present tense for archival purposes, despite Dial-A-Wiki's current inactive status
The service was created to fill the large void that was left when They Might Be Giants decided to end their Dial-A-Song service in the late 2000s, in favor of the They Might Be Giants Podcast. Dial-A-Wiki is not intended as a method of redistributing content by They Might Be Giants, but only as a nostalgic glimpse of the heavily cherished (often quoted as "life-changing") service by They Might Be Giants.
TMBW presents this service out of love and respect for the band, and hopes that it continues to spread among fans, and perhaps even attract new ones to the band's music. As the service consists of very low-quality versions of songs only available over the phone, all of which are under 60 seconds in length (and most of which are not available for purchase), we believe that it is not in any way detrimental to the band's music sales.
Is it free?
Yes, like Dial-A-Song, Dial-A-Wiki is a regular telephone call to a landline number in the United States; regular carrier long distance rates may apply, but it's still "Free when you call from work." The 505 area code happens to be located in the state of New Mexico. Remember to dial a "1" before the area code if calling from a landline telephone.
How many calls per day does it receive?
As of August 17, 2010 (day #8), the service is receiving an average of 80 to 90 calls per day, which is increasing exponentially each day.
Should I leave a voicemail?
That's up to you! If you do, it will be listened to and enjoyed. Interesting voicemails that have been left so far include live covers of They Might Be Giants songs and parodies or renditions of famous Dial-A-Song voicemails (such as "Fat Danny Aykroyd" or "Untitled"--the Gloria conversation). Note that voicemail messages have a 3-minute limit.
If you would like your recorded voicemail message sent back to you in MP3 format, send an email to Jon or leave a message on this talk page, along with the date and approximate time at which the message was left, and a description of the content of the message.
- Aug 10, 2010 - For Science (Demo)
- Aug 11, 2010 - Rest Awhile (Dial-A-Song)
- Aug 12, 2010 - It's Not My Birthday (Lincoln Demo)
- Aug 13, 2010 - Somebody's Body
- Aug 14, 2010 - Stormy Pinkness (Dial-A-Song)
- Aug 15, 2010 - Swing Is A Word
- Aug 16, 2010 - Tiny Doctors
- Aug 17, 2010 - Where Your Eyes Don't Go (Live on Frank O'Toole)
- Aug 18, 2010 - Hello Radio
- Aug 19, 2010 - Drinkin' (McSweeney's)
- Aug 20, 2010 - Processional 3
- Aug 21, 2010 - Don't Let's Start (1985 Demo)
- Aug 22, 2010 - Outboard Part Of Man
- Aug 23, 2010 - For Science (Demo) (rerun)
- Aug 24, 2010 - Rest Awhile (Dial-A-Song) (rerun)
- Aug 25, 2010 - It's Not My Birthday (Lincoln Demo) (rerun)
- Aug 26, 2010 - Somebody's Body (rerun)
- Aug 27, 2010 - Stormy Pinkness (Dial-A-Song) (rerun)
- Aug 28, 2010 - Finished With Lies (Demo)
- Aug 29, 2010 - Hey Everybody
- Aug 30, 2010 - I Am A Grocery Bag
- Sep 1, 2010 - All MacGyver On It
- Sep 4, 2010 - Rhythm Section Want Ad (Demo)
- Sep 12, 2010 - Everything Right Is Wrong
- Sep 20, 2010 - Hi Honey I'm Home
- Sep 21, 2010 - The Biggest One (1984 Demo)