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Modern tmbg compilation cover
Collection by They Might Be Giants
First released April 16, 2020
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Tracks 11
Label Idlewild Recordings Length 26:16

Modern is an 11-song download-only compilation of previously released They Might Be Giants songs. It was released on TMBG's official merch store on April 16, 2020 to support the band and its crew during tour postponements relating to COVID-19.

Description by John Flansburgh[edit]

Clearly we have picked the wrong century to try to keep a band together. In an effort to help our people make it through this difficult time, we have put together a small compilation of some great but less exposed songs, including a few rarities that aren’t on streaming sites at all. Over the years we have facilitated a number of fundraising events and we have always marveled at our audience's generosity. Now in this strange moment, it has all come home. On behalf of our co-workers, we hope you all can participate now so we can keep things going for them.

ALL proceeds will be an even 11-way split to the dedicated people John and I have relied on the most--our band and crew.

If this is a set of songs you are interested in checking out, or you simply want to help the people who get They Might Be Giants down, we truly appreciate your help. We understand if this is too tough a time to be asking anything of you -- there is a lot going on and our folks are hardly alone in this difficult time. The suggested contribution is $10, but if you want to put in more, we aren’t going to stop you! Stay safe and wash your hands.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Stuff Is Way 1:37


2 The Neck Rolls Aren't Working 2:58


3 Gudetama's Busy Days 2:39


4 Marty Beller Mask 2:00


5 Mrs. Bluebeard 2:43


6 Authenticity Trip 2:22


7 Ana Ng 3:23


8 Mink Car 2:09 
9 Electronic Istanbul 2:49


10 Words Are Like 1:38


11 Unctuous Robot 1:48



In February 2021, Flansburgh confirmed that the contributions from the sale of this compilation had a positive effect: "The effort has seriously helped the band and crew get through. Paid some rent. Paid some bills. Kept the wolf from the door as it gets tough. All your help is seriously appreciated."[1]