Talk:Marty Beller

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Hickey-Beller Drumming Confusionaire[edit]

So if Marty is the new drummer, what happened to Dan? Is he still in the band? - Random

It doesn't look like it. - Scragz

It seems to me that Marty does the stuff for the Other Thing. In the credits on Indestructible Object, it says that Dan played on Au Contraire and Memo To Human Resources, the "previews" for The Spine. Although, Marty did play on Bed, Bed, Bed (Book) and Am I Awake?, so maybe Dan is getting replaced... but, then AGAIN, whenever John tells us that They're going "on tour with the band", it's usually with Dan. In my mind, I see Mr. Hickey being more like a member of TMBG, and Mr. Beller being more of a guest guy. - Doctor Masonstein

Marty had been doing the kids shows for a while, but he's playing the regular shows on the current (2004) tour. I asked around and was told that he's the new drummer; well, specifically that Dan is no longer the drummer. Marty *could* be a temp, but it would make sense, given his history, that he would be permanent. - Scragz

According to Dot, Scragz is right. Dan has left the group. - FrankEinstein

I suppose someone should update the relevant pages. - Scragz

Well, I'll miss Dan... but maybe Marty will know/learn different old songs, like Mr. Me and Ant and etc. A different repertoire of older songs would be Damn Good Times. - Doctor Masonstein

DAN HAS LEFT THE GROUP????!!!! Now I can't just prattle off Their names when my friends ask me, "What? Who's There Might Be Giants?" (Seriously, that's what they call Them.) I'm really good at just saying, very quickly so they can't understand me, "Dan, John, Dan, John, Dan." It just doesn't flow with "Dan, John, Marty, John, Dan." *GASPS* Wait, there won't be any Band of Dans! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Aurora Hawthorne

Look on the bright side, their names make a palindrome.-Augie

They uh...already did. DJDJD. 17:38, 6 May 2007 (UTC)
I say we brutally force/bribe Marty Beller to change his first name to Dan. "Dan Beller" sounds way cooler than "Marty Beller," anyway. *evil scheming laughter* - Rhinoceros Rex
It really doesn't. I think Marty Beller is better than Dan Beller. Just listen to it. Marty Beller. Yes. Dan Beller. No. Aurora Hawthorne
I bet at some point during his run with TMBG, Flansy'll intro him as Marty "Dan" Beller. - Nathew
Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (Live At Large) --Jaydn* (talk) 18:47, 24 June 2013 (EDT)

Any word on why Dan left? He always seemed a bit... quirky to me, although I will miss the triple Dan. - Nat

Marty IS cute, though. XD --33marzi

Hmmm. You know, I hate to say it, but I think we may be missing the bigger picture here. Dan Hickey didn't leave the group like it's being suggested; he couldn't leave it because he was never *in* it. You see? They Might Be Giants has been and always will be John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Period. The nature of their current act requires that they hire complementary players, and no matter how long or even beneficial working with those players may be, they're still, in truth, just hired guns. I mean, be reminded that the music industry is rife with musicians that make a very fine living recording, touring and such, and they aren't in a band; they sell their services to others. And it is in the nature of these musicians eventually to move on to other projects. Before the Band of Dans (a name given them by TMBG; my understanding is that the 3 Dans were not a codified unit prior to being hired by the Johns), there was Graham Maby and Brian Dougherty, there was Eric Schermerhorn hired for Factory Showroom (which was Flans' introduction to removing himself from lead guitar duties), it goes on and on. Call me a purist or whatever, but when I tell people who are They Might Be Giants, it is John and John, and that's it. Regarding Marty, I have confidence in his abilities because I have confidence in the Johns' know-how in hiring talent, as evidenced by past selections. I'll certainly miss Hickey - he was their best drummer to date - but I think part of the John's successes over the past 10 years has been stirring up new blood as time passes, whether it be with their backing band or their producers or whatever. - Charlie

I disagree. I like Marty. -Flansfan

Quentin Tarantino[edit]

Does anyone else think Marty looks vaguely like Quentin Tarantino? -Fan Of Marty


Is it mere coincidence that Marty is the Beller for Shoehorn With Teeth with the Other Thing? bj

At Marty's first ever TMBG show, at Joe's Pub with the Other Thing lineup, he used a service bell and was dubbed Marty "The Bell" Beller by Mr. Flansburgh. Somebody add it to his monikers?
...Feel free! -CapitalQtalk ♪ 00:08, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Hm. Good point. --33marzi

Beller might be his stage name. Now that I inspect his autographs he's given me, they don't seem to make out as "Beller". -JasonDeLima 08:26, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Baby Names[edit]

I am really impressed with Marty. He and his wife are awesome at choosing baby names. ~ magbatz 01:48, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

Marty gets it from his parents. =] ~ JasonDeLima 21:09, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

Modern Family[edit]

Ok, so i have to ask -- does anyone else here watch the ABC show "Modern Family"? If so, am I the only one that thinks the father, Phil (Ty Burrell), looks like Marty's long-lost brother? --Duke33 14:54, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

He does look like him! (pictures here) -- Jason DeLima - ! - 02:34, 17 October 2009 (UTC)

D is for Drums[edit]

In the video, Marty looks an awfully lot like Mr. Bean. --Nehushtan (talk) 22:19, 22 September 2013 (EDT)