Long Tall Weekend
Studio album by They Might Be Giants
|First released|| July 19, 1999
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|Tracks||15||Last album||Factory Showroom|
|Label||eMusic||Length||33:28||Next album||Mink Car|
Long Tall Weekend is They Might Be Giants' seventh studio album, released by eMusic on July 19, 1999. The album made music history by becoming the first full-length online-only album ever to be released by a major artist.
eMusic advertised the album as including "songs already considered classics among TMBG fans".Maybe I Know", one of the earliest songs in the band's live repertoire), and many others were originally demoed or produced around the John Henry or Factory Showroom sessions in the mid-90s, and had been previously featured on Dial-A-Song.Indeed, some of the songs on Long Tall Weekend had already been in rotation in the band's live show for years (including "
In 2022, Flansburgh provided a little background on the album title: "I think it was a very casual thing, just riffing on Long Tall Texan, Sally, etc. Because it was kind of a grab bag of odds and ends it seemed fitting. Like a vacation from responsibility."
The band marked the release of the album with a release party show at . After the show, eMusic representatives tossed goodie bags filled with eMusic T-shirts and Long Tall Weekend CDs, which were packaged in makeshift paper sleeves. Only a limited number of CDs were produced.
In addition to the CDs from the release party, a special edition of the CD was packaged with the program for Wired magazine's 1999 "Reader's Raves Awards" ceremony. The CD was limited to around 500 copies with the Wired magazine logo just above the track listing on the front of the CD, and "for promotional use only" in the fine print at the bottom of the CD.
The album received its vinyl debut on May 24, 2023. For the release, artist Michael Kupperman offered to illustrate new versions of the cover art and liner notes, stating that he had improved as an artist in the multiple decades since the album's original release.
According to Gigantic, downloads of Long Tall Weekend through eMusic's subscription-based service caused TMBG to be the most legally downloaded artist on the Internet in 1999. That feat was repeated by the band in 2000.
|2||(She Thinks She's) Edith Head||2:32|
|3||Maybe I Know||2:04|
|5||Token Back To Brooklyn||1:01|
|7||Operators Are Standing By||1:24|
|8||Dark And Metric||1:40|
|10||Certain People I Could Name||3:30|
|12||They Got Lost||4:38|
|13||Lullabye To Nightmares||2:28|
|14||On Earth My Nina||1:24|
|15||The Edison Museum||1:59|
Vinyl and streaming bonus track
- This is TMBG's first studio album from which some of the songs have yet to be performed live, namely Dark And Metric and On Earth My Nina.
Redrawn cover by Michael Kupperman for 2023 vinyl debut
Alternate redrawn cover by Michael Kupperman for 2023 release