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They Might Be Giants
— with Reckless Sleepers opening —
Chestnut Cabaret in Philadelphia, PA
October 14, 1988 at 10:30 PM

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Tickets were free before 8 p.m., $6.50 between 8 and 9 p.m. and $8 after 9 p.m.

Preview from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 14, 1988:

Giants/Sleepers. It's the yin and yang of songwriting on display at the Chestnut Cabaret tonight. Fans of the rock duo They Might Be Giants might be disappointed at their set. This time, John Flansburgh said, he and partnet John Linnell won't use their stable of song-illustrating props.

He offers this advice: "Just close your eyes and think of the props, and the props will be there," he said by phone earlier this week. The band will be playing songs from the recent Lincoln LP, which contrinues the warped and pointed miniature song stylings that made its debut of of 1986's most revealing — and roaringly funny — records. Says Flansburgh: "The advantage we had recording this record was that we had been playing most of the songs on the road for the last year and a half. In fact, people who saw us last time at the cabaret will know them all by now.

They Might Be Giants makes Jules Shear's new band, the Reckless Sleepers, look like traditionalists. This is a compliment: Shear writes direct, tactful, wryly humorous pop songs, and in the Reckless Sleepers he has found a band capable of adding the necessary edge.

Reckless Sleepers with They Might Be Giants, at the Chestnut Cabaret, 38th and Chestnut Streets, at 10:30 tonight. Tickets: free before 8 p.m., $6.50 between 8 and 9 p.m., $8 after 9 p.m. Phone: 896-6420