Them Ain't Big Eye Ants

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Them Ain't Big Eye Ants
Video Collection by They Might Be Giants
First released December 3, 2012
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Tracks 24
Label Idlewild Length 56:10
Screenshot from the DVD menu
Back cover

Them Ain't Big Eye Ants is a music video compilation DVD released on December 3, 2012, initially with purchases of the 2012 Holiday Bundle. The title is an oronymic malapropism of the band's name. The DVD features They Might Be Giants music videos from 2004 to 2012, including seven videos previously released on the Venue Songs DVD: "Bastard Wants To Hit Me", "Damn Good Times", "Anaheim", "Experimental Film", "Asbury Park", "Hollywood" and "I'm All You Can Think About".

The artwork for the DVD is a still from the construction of the live-size Join Us monster truck hearse — featured in the music video for "When Will You Die" — by the Office of Paul Sahre. The main menu is a still from "Can't Keep Johnny Down" (Bees Knees Version), the back cover is a still from "We Live In A Dump" and the disc art is a still from "The Mesopotamians".

In lieu of a booklet accompanying the DVD, a note on the case's back cover directs viewers to this page on TMBW for credits.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 When Will You Die? 2:32


2 The Mesopotamians 2:57


3 Tubthumping with AV Club Choir 3:22


4 Bastard Wants To Hit Me 2:14


5 Can't Keep Johnny Down (Bees Knees version) 2:22


6 With The Dark 3:17


7 Electronic Istanbul 2:49


8 Alphabet of Nations 2:20


9 Damn Good Times 2:38


10 Anaheim 1:04


11 We Live In A Dump 1:40


12 Spoiler Alert 2:39


13 Cloisonné 2:40


14 I'm Impressed 2:39


15 You Probably Get That A Lot 2:57


16 Experimental Film 2:56


17 Can't Keep Johnny Down (Surround Version) 2:22


18 The Shadow Government 2:37


19 Taste The Fame (from Home Movies) 0:48


20 Asbury Park 0:50


21 Hollywood 1:42


22 I'm All You Can Think About 2:31


23 Read A Book 1:04


24 200 Sbemails 0:42



  • Following an oversight due to the bundle's time sensitivity, the original issue of the DVD, included with TMBG's 2012 Holiday Bundle, included numerous technical flaws. Purchasers received a note of apology from John Flansburgh stating that new, corrected copies would be shipped to those who received the bundle. The following flaws were present on initial copies:
  • The video for "I'm Impressed" was included on the DVD twice. First, at the end of the track containing the video for "The Mesopotamians", and then again on its own later on.
  • Several videos throughout the DVD were presented in an incorrect aspect ratio, shown at 4:3 (full frame) when they were actually produced in 16:9 (widescreen), causing them to appear "squished". Some videos (including those from The Else) were produced in 16:9, but are presented on the DVD letterboxed into a 4:3 picture with black bars on the top and bottom. Many recent videos from 2011 to 2012 were presented in anamorphic widescreen on the DVD (resulting in a full 16:9 image with no borders), but a few of them were incorrectly presented in 4:3.
  • The replacement second pressing of the DVD was sent out in May 2013. Replacement shipments were bundled with a randomly selected They Might Be Giants CD. The second pressing has the original DVD's technical problems resolved — videos are presented in higher quality and all at the proper aspect ratio, though widescreen videos on this pressing are all presented letterboxed (with black bars) rather than in anamorphic widescreen.
  • Just as on Join Us (Four Advance Tracks), "Cloisonné" is misspelled "Cloissoné" on the DVD's back cover.
  • Spare copies of the first pressing were given away in July 2014 with discounted T-shirts.