Unknown Songs

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Below is a list of songs written, performed, or recorded by They Might Be Giants that have remained unheard or unidentified by fans, and do not necessarily have enough relevant information to warrant a page. These should only be given pages if accompanied by substantial details.

It is possible that some of these songs are known by different names.

Mentioned by They Might Be Giants[edit]

These are songs that were once mentioned or teased by They Might Be Giants, typically as music due for an upcoming release.

Title Notes
Attention (partial title) Mentioned in a 2020 email as a word from the title of an upcoming song for potential inclusion on BOOK. As of November 2021, this song was "still in the works".[1]
Captain Crunch Mentioned by Julie Kantner in an interview with the Don't Let's Start fan podcast as being an early song written by John Linnell with lyrics like, "You're not a man, you're not a captain either."
Completelier Blues Recorded for the 2015 Dial-A-Song project[2]; lyrics were later cannibalized for "All Time What"[3]
Dawn Divine Featuring Mike Doughty; recorded during the Nanobots sessions but abandoned due to Hurricane Sandy interrupting studio time[4][5]
Delusion Recorded in 2015; not known to have been released as part of the 2015 Dial-A-Song project[6]
Giant Halloween Night A reworked version of a theme song from John Linnell's high school band known as The Baggs, which was performed in TMBG's early live shows. The earliest known mention of the song was in a December 1985 issue of SPIN Magazine.[7]
Glug Glug Glug Mentioned by John Flansburgh in a radio interview around 2000 as a song he was writing intended for No![8][9], and likely ended up as a Malcolm In The Middle track with different lyrics[10]
I Wouldn't Be Mad Appeared on an '80s setlist that John Flansburgh posted online in 2012. Also found in the song list on the 2001 Songs T-shirt, the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants, and the "TMB Songs" list
I'm Sorry Rosalyn Mentioned in the description of Podcast 6B; possibly the track "Roslyn's Dog" by Arthur Bradford from They Might Be Giants Vs. McSweeney's
It's Not A Game Mentioned in a press release for the Working Undercover For The Man EP. In a 2021 Tumblr response, Flansburgh said "I could be wrong, but I believe that was the working title for a piece of music we licensed rather than did as a work for-for-hire for Malcolm in the Middle, but I don’t know what song it later became."
Killing Mentioned in a 2019 tweet about drum accompaniments being recorded[11], but appeared on neither BOOK nor The Pamphlet EP; described as "in limbo" in November 2021[12]
Lucky You Recorded during the Nanobots sessions; featured Jon Graboff on mandolin[13]
Memoirs Of An Amnesiac Mentioned in a 2002 mailing list email as being an upcoming track on Dial-A-Song
My Father's Son Mentioned in a 1988 newspaper interview as being one of the earliest They Might Be Giants songs, potentially circa 1981[14]
Revolution While I'm Hot Mentioned by Julie Kantner in an interview with the Don't Let's Start fan podcast as being an early song written by John Flansburgh.
Rubber Guy Appeared on a mid '80s song list provided by Bill Krauss; according to Bill, this song was an instrumental that was similar to Space Suit[15]; also listed on a setlist for a performance at the Dive in the '80s; described by Flansburgh as a Bo Diddley-esque song[16]
Self-Made Millionaire Mentioned in a 1987 interview. Also listed on the 2001 Songs T-shirt and the liner notes of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants
Smiles Appeared on an '80s setlist that John Flansburgh posted online in 2012, as well as the "TMB Songs" list
Stalker In Reverse Unfinished Nanobots-era song written by John Flansburgh[17]
Swinging From Vine To Vine Recorded in 2015; not known to have been released as part of the 2015 Dial-A-Song project[18]
Tan Minivans Mentioned in a 2019 tweet about drum accompaniments being recorded[19], but appeared neither on BOOK nor The Pamphlet EP; also mentioned in a January 2020 email referencing songs to potentially be included on BOOK; in November 2021, the band said this song still "has to get mixed"[20]
Titanic Fog Mentioned in a 2002 mailing list email as being an upcoming track on Dial-A-Song
Wild Card Seen in a photo of the schedule for the 2015 iteration of Dial-A-Song, though it may have been a wild card in the figurative sense rather than a song title
You Heart Your Bad Attitude Mentioned by John Flansburgh in the 2022 They Might Be Playing They Might Be Giants marathon as a song that he needed to finish. Could also be a candidate for the upcoming 24th album.

Found on lists[edit]

These are songs that were found on lists of the band's music: the 2001 Songs T-shirt, the liner notes of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants, Bill Krauss's "TMB Songs" list provided to the Don't Let's Start fan podcast, or TMBG's BMI repository.

Title Notes
96 Tears Polka Appeared on a mid '80s song list provided by Bill Krauss; according to John Flansburgh, the song could've possibly incorporated 96 Tears by ? and the Mysterians with a polka beat[21]; Gary Ray remembered the song when it was mentioned[22], meaning it may have been played live at Darinka
Boss Don't Like Me Appeared on a mid '80s song list provided by Bill Krauss; Gary Ray remembered the song when it was mentioned[23] and said he believed TMBG played it at Darinka
Drumbeat Appeared on a mid '80s song list provided by Bill Krauss; also listed on a setlist for a performance at the Dive in the '80s
Earwig Appeared on a 1997 setlist in a small list of songs labelled as "by the wayside temporarily".
Get Your Pepper Talkin' Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants
Pogo Song Listed as an encore on a setlist for a performance at the Dive in the '80s, hidden behind a setlist for the Pyramid Club; could've also been a cover from Walt Kelly's Songs of the Pogo
Steal This Book Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants
The Story Pt. 2 Found in the song list on the 2001 Songs T-shirt; found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants
This Just In Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants
We Found You Found in the song list on the 2001 Songs T-shirt; found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants
Yeah Yeah Yeah Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants; BMI around 2004

Television incidental music[edit]

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1999—2015)[edit]

These tracks are likely variations of the "Dog On Fire" theme that They Might Be Giants recorded for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Title Notes
Beth Littleford Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants
Dog Rock Crispy Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants

Malcolm in the Middle (2000—2006)[edit]

These are among many incidental music cues that They Might Be Giants recorded for Malcolm In The Middle, in addition to the show's theme song, "Boss Of Me".

Title Notes
Lois Vox Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants; BMI
Modern Girl Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants; BMI
Preacher Pad Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants; BMI
Sleazin' Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants; BMI
Wedgie Dance Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants; assumed to be part of Malcolm in the Middle
Who Will It Be Listed on BMI

Misc. TV / film cues[edit]

These are miscellaneous tracks that They Might Be Giants has recorded for various television and film projects.

Title Notes
Dragonfly TV Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants; BMI
Jane Believe Likely music for Disney's Return To Neverland which features a character named Jane, listed on BMI alongside "I'll Give You One Guess"
Nightline In Primetime Found in the song list in the liners of A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants; BMI

See also[edit]