Mink Car

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Mink Car album cover
Mink Car
Studio album by They Might Be Giants
First released September 11, 2001
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Tracks 17 Last album Long Tall Weekend
Label Restless Records <73744-2> Length 46:24 Next album No!

Mink Car is They Might Be Giants' eighth studio album, released in 2001 on the Restless label.


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Mink Car was recorded between 1999 and 2001 in numerous studios and featured many guest artists and producers.

Many of the album's tracks were pre-released by the band via TMBG Unlimited in either their demo or final forms. "Older" and "She Thinks She's Edith Head", had been released in other forms on Long Tall Weekend. Future releases from the band would hold many of their tracks closer to the vest, ensuring that the fanbase hadn't heard a majority of the album before it was released.

Depending on the country of release, Mink Car's tracklisting varied widely. Several additional songs, "Boss Of Me", "Your Mom's Alright", "MacGyver", and "Robot Parade (Adult Version)" were tacked on as bonus tracks. The European CD's version of "Older" is missing one rauschpfeife note.

Man, It's So Loud In Here was the only domestic single from the album, but was not widely circulated. Promotional releases of "Another First Kiss" and "Bangs" were also issued, and "Working Undercover For The Man" had been released on its own extended play the previous year.

The album's cover and media art were designed by The Chopping Block, which also did artwork for the band's follow-up, No!. More information on the design process for the album's artwork can be found here.

Mink Car is TMBG's only album to have ever fallen out of print; however, the album is once again for sale on the official merchandise website[1] and iTunes.

Track listing[edit]

Back cover

US Release[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Bangs 3:09 
2 Cyclops Rock 2:38 
3 Man, It's So Loud In Here 3:59 
4 Mr. Xcitement 3:36 
5 Another First Kiss 3:06 
6 I've Got A Fang 2:32 
7 Hovering Sombrero 2:13 
8 Yeh Yeh 2:40 
9 Hopeless Bleak Despair 3:08 
10 Drink! 1:49 
11 My Man 2:57 
12 Older 1:58 
13 Mink Car 2:09 
14 Wicked Little Critta 2:11 
15 Finished With Lies 3:18 
16 She Thinks She's Edith Head 2:37 
17 Working Undercover For The Man 2:19 

Australian Bonus Track[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
18 Boss Of Me 2:57 

Japanese release

Japanese Bonus Tracks[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
18 Boss Of Me 2:57 
19 Your Mom's Alright 2:59


20 MacGyver 0:46


21 Robot Parade (Adult Version) 1:05



European Version[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Man, It's So Loud In Here 3:59 
2 Boss Of Me 2:57 
3 Cyclops Rock 2:38 
4 Another First Kiss 3:06 
5 Bangs 3:09 
6 My Man 2:57 
7 Drink! 1:49 
8 Your Mom's Alright 2:59 
9 Hovering Sombrero 2:13 
10 Yeh Yeh 2:40 
11 I've Got A Fang 2:32 
12 Mink Car 2:09 
13 Hopeless Bleak Despair 3:08 
14 Older 1:58 


  • Working titles for the album included Unreliable Narrator and Secret Mountain Laboratory.
  • The lyrics for "Yeh Yeh", a cover of song performed by Georgie Fame, were not included in the liner notes. The track itself was omitted from the publisher's promo CD because Warner/Chappell does not have the rights to the song.
  • Some promotional literature indicated catalog numbers for a cassette release of the album, but this did not occur, likely due to the wide obsolescence of the format by the time of the album's release.
  • The Dial-A-Song phone number can be found in sections scattered around "THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS" on the album cover.
  • In 2011, a number of musicians organized a cover album for the tenth anniversary of both the album's release and the 9/11 attacks.


Foreign releases[edit]

Promotional material[edit]

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