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"Stacked E's" logo, used during TMBG's stay on the label
John and John with Susan Drew and Peter Lubin

Elektra was TMBG's record label from 1989 to 1996. In 2004, the company folded into Atlantic Records.

TMBG Signing to Elektra[edit]

From the tmbg.com Q&A back in 1997:

How did you get signed to Elektra?

Susan Drew, along with Peter Lubin, members of the Artist & Repertoire department at Elektra back in '89 took a chance on us based on the track record of our two Bar/None albums. After a few conversations with us they dropped the invitation into our laps and we accepted their offer. At that moment we weren't getting any other bites from the "Majors," but within days it seemed like every other big label suddenly wanted to cut a deal with us.

TMBG's Departure from Elektra[edit]

After Susan Drew left Elektra, the band felt that they were neglected by the label - a company that no longer knew how to market the band's music. Things came to a head in 1995 during the band's short tour in Japan. Elektra asked the band to play a small coffeehouse gig, to which the band responded that they didn't want to do the show, and would prefer some downtime. When the band reached the train station in Japan, an Elektra rep was waiting for them, to take them to the coffeehouse show. John and John refused to play the unscheduled show, the straw that broke the camel's back, which led to them parting ways with Elektra.

TMBG releases on Elektra[edit]

Title Year
Birdhouse In Your Soul (EP) 1989
The Story So Far 1990
Flood 1990
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (EP) 1990
Don't Let's Start (EP) 1990
Ana Ng (EP) 1991
The Statue Got Me High (EP) 1992
Apollo 18 1992
I Palindrome I (EP) 1992
The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) (EP) 1992
Why Does The Sun Shine? (EP) 1993
O Tannenbaum (Single) 1993
Back To Skull (EP) 1994
John Henry 1994
Live!! New York City 10/14/94 1994
Factory Showroom 1996
S-E-X-X-Y (EP) 1996

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