Songs Incorrectly Attributed To TMBG

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Through the years, songs that have nothing to do with They Might Be Giants have been mistaken as being songs by them, much like hundreds of songs are incorrectly attributed to "Weird Al" Yankovic. Often these songs were been passed around on peer-to-peer networks with incorrect tags. This page seeks to set the record straight.

  • The Banana Slug Song - This song, which discusses eating banana slugs, is by the band Severe Tire Damage.[2] It's available for free download on their site (with all other STD songs). Notably, They Might Be Giants titled a live album Severe Tire Damage.
  • Big Bang Theory Theme - This song is by Canadian band Barenaked Ladies. Occasionally referred to as "The History of Everything", this is the theme song for the TV show The Big Bang Theory.
  • Can't Find My Eye - This song is by American band Snot Patties.[3] It was tacked on the end of the then-unreleased "Mr. Xcitement" before Mink Car came out.
  • Chewbacca (mis-tagged as "Chewbacca, What A Wookie") - This song is by American band Supernova. It was featured in the film Clerks.
  • Everything You Know Is Wrong - This song is a style parody of TMBG by "Weird Al" Yankovic.[4]
  • Existential Blues - This song is by American singer Tom "T-Bone" Stankus. It's a 6-minute bout of nonsense loosely based on The Wizard of Oz.
  • Flight of the Barking Death Squirrels - This song is by The Gland Puppies.[5] It almost seems as if they were intentionally trying to spoof TMBG - soundalikes for each John are very obvious.
  • Gin and Juice - This song is by American alt-country band The Gourds, as a cover of the classic rap song by Dr. Dre with Snoop Doggy Dogg. In addition to TMBG, it has been misattributed to Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Oar, Phish, and Ween.
  • I Be An Retarded (aka "I Am Retarded") - This song is by Hemorrhoy Rogers and the RRhoid Boyz.[6] It is highly unlikely TMBG would do a song that mocks mentally handicapped people.
  • Icon - This song is by American singer James Call (son of rock star Alex Call of the band Clover), who cites TMBG as a direct influence. It was once the only previewable song on TMBG's Last.fm page, though they are not affiliated with this song at all.
  • The Incredible Shrinking Day (or "I'm Not Coming in Anymore") - This song was written by Cartoon Network writer Stuart Hill[7] and performed by musician Garrett Freireich.[8] Perhaps due to the Cartoon Network "Groovies" the band did for Courage The Cowardly Dog and Dexter's Laboratory, this song has been misattributed to the band.
  • Internet Sandman - This song is performed by Johnny Crass, who reacted with this song when Metallica sued Napster. It is also sometimes called Metallica vs. Napster.[9]
  • Mexican Radio - This song is by American band Wall of Voodoo, and sung by Stan Ridgway. It also came out in 1983, which is a little early for it to be a TMBG song.
  • New Jersey - This parody of several of John Linnell's State Songs was spread among TMBG fans, at some point being incorrectly labeled as actually by Linnell. The MP3 is labeled as being a "style parody of 'Iowa' and 'Nevada'," though the track itself is very bizarre. Roughly half the song is a strange, reverb-filled sound collage that features, among other things, a guy talking about Pokemon.
  • Puttin' On the Ritz - European singer Taco performs this cover of an old Irving Berlin song, in a manner that might be misinterpreted to be TMBG. The song "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)", written by Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon (1953), is covered by the Giants and is based on the tune of "Puttin' On the Ritz".
  • The Safety Dance - This New Wave hit by Canadian band Men Without Hats about pogo dancing is sometimes misattributed to TMBG, and also occasionally mistitled "We Can Dance If You Want To."