Miscellaneous T

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Miscellaneous T
Collection by They Might Be Giants
First released October 8, 1991
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Tracks 18
Label Bar/None / Restless <72646> Length 37:47
Back cover of the CD

Miscellaneous T is a compilation album first released in the United States in 1991, collecting every They Might Be Giants b-side from 1986 to 1989. It had first been released outside the US in 1989 under the title Don't Let's Start, but with a different track order and not including "Hello Radio".


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Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal 3:48


2 Lady Is A Tramp 1:20


3 Birds Fly 1:25


4 The World's Address (Joshua Fried Remix) 5:42


5 Nightgown Of The Sullen Moon 1:59


6 I'll Sink Manhattan 2:32


7 It's Not My Birthday 1:52


8 Hello Radio 0:55


9 Mr. Klaw 1:19


10 Kiss Me, Son Of God (Alternate Version) 1:49


11 The Biggest One 1:22


12 For Science 1:19


13 Untitled


14 (She Was A) Hotel Detective (Single Mix) 2:20


15 The Famous Polka 1:33


16 When It Rains It Snows 1:33 
17 We're The Replacements 1:50


18 Don't Let's Start (Single Mix) 2:35



Before they became the geek-rock superstars they are today, John Flansburgh and John Linnell were one of the better singles bands of the alternative era. Drawing from four of their early singles, the B-sides collection Miscellaneous T actually outshines its origins more than once: the nasty payola anthem “Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal,” the bitter-romance ode “I'll Sink Manhattan,” and the goofy, likeable “The Famous Polka” are all A-list material. There album also contains some terrific new takes on previously issued material; the Josh Fried remix of “The World’s Address” is a winner, sounding for all the world like a future echo of Beck, and the alternate version of “Kiss Me, Son Of God”—a crazed bit of class warfare filtered through Frank Sinatra and chanson—is far superior to the original.