Shows/1988-06-02

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Boston Globe, June 7, 1988:

If you've heard one song by They Might Be Giants, it's probably their radio hit "Don't Let's Start"; a strong pop song about a weak relationship. But that's the only more-or-less normal song in their set: Last Thursday's Paradise show was more like a Saturday-morning kiddie show for adults. The two Giants, John Flansburgh and John Linnell, play guitar and accordion, look like nerdy mad scientists, and lead sing-alongs on all sorts of irrelevant topics. (Sample lyric, sung to a Sousa-march tune while wearing four-foot high, flaming red hats: "He wants a shoehorn, the kind with teeth / Because he knows there is no such thing"). Only one song, a dig at millionaire preachers, had a nasty edge; the rest was a romp for the fun of it.
The peak of the Giants' philosophy was their closing number, which put a spin on a famous line' by Pete Townshend of the Who: "I hope I die before I get old." In their hands it becomes "I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die," a jolly polka with cue cards for singing along. It's easily more mundane than Townshend's line, but a lot wittier and probably more honest.