Idlewild (Album)

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Idlewild tmbg compilation cover
Collection by They Might Be Giants
First released May 27, 2014
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Tracks 17
Label Idlewild Length 43:31

Idlewild is a compilation album from They Might Be Giants. Its eponym is the band's own independent label, Idlewild Recordings. The cover art was provided by Paul Sahre.[1]


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From the Girlie Action press release:

They Might Be Giants have pulled off the seemingly inconceivable--they have continued to work, create and evolve musically, artistically and uninterrupted for 30 YEARS. During this time, the two-time GRAMMY winning Brooklyn originals diversified into television & film music—often with award-winning results—and have 16 vital studio albums under their belt. All the while, TMBG have remained an active live act, touring across America, Europe and Australia in the last year alone. In celebration of the last 10 years of the band’s remarkable run, They Might Be Giants are releasing Idlewild, a 17-song compilation album named for their own label on May 27 via Idlewild Recordings. While Idlewild is neither a "best of" nor a “rarities” set, is an ultra-vivid illustration of the bands prodigious output and singular musical vision. From the spare, folkie chug of "Words Are Like", which originally appeared as part of TMBG’s internet-only collaboration with eMusic back in the era glory days of 2001, to the propulsive, dance floor groove of "You're On Fire", from last year’s Nanobots release, the scope of Idlewild is as wide as it is beguiling.

This compilation had a limited edition vinyl release of only 2000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Am I Awake? 3:04


2 The Mesopotamians 2:57


3 We Live In A Dump 1:40


4 Experimental Film 2:56


5 Cloisonné 2:40


6 The Lady And The Tiger 2:55


7 Brain Problem Situation 2:55


8 Tesla 2:04


9 Certain People I Could Name 3:30


10 You're On Fire 2:42


11 Damn Good Times 2:38


12 Words Are Like 1:38


13 Can't Keep Johnny Down 2:22


14 I'm Impressed 2:39


15 Careful What You Pack 2:40


16 Clap Your Hands 1:22


17 Electronic Istanbul (Not Constantinople) 2:49