Don't Let's Start (Podcast)

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Don't Let's Start: A Podcast About They Might Be Giants is an audio podcast that began in 2018, hosted by Jordan Cooper and Dave Fox.

The podcasters have stated "in addition to critique, the podcast aims to be a scholarly and intensely researched documentary on TMBG's entire career, yet with a large emphasis on humor and the friendship between the two hosts." Each episode typically focuses on a They Might Be Giants release in chronological order, with multiple episodes to cover each album and their subsequent B-sides, remixes and demos. Recurring "Grab Bag" episodes cover unreleased and rare TMBG songs. The podcast has also had interview episodes with Bill Krauss, Brian Doherty, Joshua Fried and other TMBG collaborators.

In addition to personal fandom anecdotes, discussions primarily revolve around both factual and theoretical insights on the songs, especially examining the cultural references that are often obliquely embedded in TMBG's music and lyrics. The show frequently utilizes audio clips culled from archived live shows and interviews, relevant to the discussions in each episode. Topics are often brought back and revised in later episodes as more information is found through further research.

Additional segments include "Letterbox", which are responses to listener emails, and "Unrelated Thing", covering non-TMBG media. TMBG news and updates are also brought up as they happen at the start of episodes.

In 2020, Dave and Jordan began posting segments of the podcast on YouTube, with images and video relevant to each episode, including video clips.

Episodes[edit]

# Episode Title Special Guests Release Date
1 That's How The Snowball Started Dec 7, 2018
2 THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - Side 1: The Line Dividing Laugh and Scream Dec 14, 2018
3 THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - Side 2: Happiness Bled Dec 19, 2018
4 Super Holiday World Dec 25, 2018
5 LINCOLN - Part 1: The Edge of Hearing Jan 9, 2019
6 LINCOLN - Part 2: Our Only Home Is Bone Jan 17, 2019
7 LINCOLN - Part 3: Love Is Sad Jan 28, 2019
8 LINCOLN Wrap-Down: The Kind That Never Fades Away Feb 8, 2019
9 Interview with Joshua Fried! Pt. 1 Joshua Fried Feb 28, 2019
10 Interview with Joshua Fried! Pt. 2 Joshua Fried Mar 7, 2019
11 MISCELLANEOUS T - Part 1: The Tiny Lights Shines Twice As Bright Mar 22, 2019
12 MISCELLANEOUS T - Part 2: The Sweetest Spot Mar 29, 2019
13 MISCELLANEOUS T - Part 3: Flowers Die And So Will I Apr 11, 2019
14 MISCELLANEOUS T Wrap-Down: I'll Find Your Answering Machine Apr 24, 2019
15 Interview with Julie Kantner from The Turtlenecks! Julie Kantner May 3, 2019
16 THEN: THE EARLIER YEARS DISC 1: Don't Remind Me Of Yesterday Jun 3, 2019
17 THEN: THE EARLIER YEARS: Disc 2: Hip Hip Horrific Is Our Thing Jun 24, 2019
18 Interview with Bill Krauss! Bill Krauss Jul 18, 2019
19 GRAB BAG #1: TMB Songs Bill Krauss Aug 21, 2019
20 FLOOD - Part 1: Bluebird of Friendliness Oct 2, 2019
21 FLOOD - Part 2: Dancing On The Casket Oct 9, 2019
22 FLOOD - Part 3: Nobody Knows, Particle Man Nov 16, 2019
23 FLOOD - Part 4: Wrong Ideas That Appeal To You Jan 9, 2020
24 FLOOD - Part 5: River Becomes An Ocean Jan 25, 2020
25 FLOOD - Part 6: The Things We Cherish Are Small Indeed Feb 4, 2020
26 FLOOD Wrap-Down: Then That Phone Rang Off The Hook Feb 10, 2020
27 Interview with Brian Doherty! Pt. 1 Brian Doherty Feb 15, 2020
28 Interview with Brian Doherty! Pt. 2 Brian Doherty Feb 22, 2020
29 Bowery Ballroom, 2/8/2020 - We're Only Here To Judge Kristen & Krissy (Jordan & Dave's partners) Mar 10, 2020
30 Interview with Gary Ray, owner of Darinka! Gary Ray Apr 29, 2020
31 Scream As If You're In Hell - TMBG Live in the 80s! Jul 27, 2020
32 GRAB BAG #2: People With Thoughtful Opinions Sep 13, 2020
33 APOLLO 18 - Part 1: Words Fail Edward Douglas (engineer) Dec 31, 2020
34 APOLLO 18 - Part 2: Your Turn To Burn Edward Douglas Jan 15, 2021
35 APOLLO 18 - Part 3: I Don't Want A Bean Laura Cantrell & Edward Douglas Feb 1, 2021
36 APOLLO 18 - Part 4: All Dressed In Black Edward Douglas Mar 10, 2021
37 APOLLO 18 - Part 5: I Heard A Sound Peter Stampfel, Elma Mayer & Edward Douglas Jul 3, 2021
38 APOLLO 18 - Part 6: I Will Leave And I'll Return Laura Cantrell Jul 28, 2021
39 APOLLO 18 Wrap-Down: One Door Shut, Another Door Closes Sep 8, 2021
40 Interview with Kurt Hoffman! Kurt Hoffman Sep 28, 2021
41 BOOK Release Party! Nov 10, 2021
42 Letterbox Special! Volume 1 Nov 22, 2021
43 Interview with Laura Cantrell! Laura Cantrell Dec 10, 2021
44 Pass the Dude, Stump the Band: TMBG Live 1990-1992 Feb 23, 2022
45 Interview with TMBG drummer Jonathan Feinberg! Jonathan Feinberg Mar 10, 2022
46 WHY DOES THE SUN SHINE? EP: Spy vs. Spy May 10, 2022
47 JOHN HENRY - Part 1: Now I'm Where A Snail Has To Be Scarlet Kim (child model) Jul 22, 2022

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