They Might Be Giants (Album)
Studio album by They Might Be Giants
|First released|| November 4, 1986
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|Label||Bar/None / Restless||Length||38:29||Next album||Lincoln|
They Might Be Giants is TMBG's self-titled debut album. Many fans refer to it as The Pink Album (similar to The Beatles' The White Album—also fan-named but officially self-titled) due to the pink background on the album cover. However, in the early days of TMBG's Internet-based fan community, it was common for the album to be called the Big Blue Dog album because of the illustration of the Johns riding a dog of such a nature. The cover art was done by Rodney Alan Greenblat. Bill Krauss, who was the band's soundman and who had produced TMBG's demo and promotional tapes, served as the producer for the album.
The Pink Album spawned two singles: "Don't Let's Start" and "(She Was A) Hotel Detective", though neither of them charted. Videos for the two singles were directed by Adam Bernstein along with a video for "Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head", which premiered prior to the album's release.
The importance of Pink and its successor, Lincoln, led to the two being re-released in their entireties alongside a number of demos and rarities on the Restless compilation Then: The Earlier Years. However, the version of "Don't Let's Start" on that compilation is the single version, rather than the album version.
|1||Everything Right Is Wrong Again||2:20|
|2||Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head||2:12|
|4||Don't Let's Start||2:36|
|5||Hide Away Folk Family||3:21|
|9||Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes||1:58|
|10||(She Was A) Hotel Detective||2:10|
|11||She's An Angel||2:37|
|12||Youth Culture Killed My Dog||2:51|
|13||Boat Of Car||1:15|
|14||Absolutely Bill's Mood||2:38|
|15||Chess Piece Face||1:21|
|16||I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die||1:58|
|17||Alienation's For The Rich||2:25|
|19||Rhythm Section Want Ad||2:21|
2013 Australian bonus tracks
The 2013 Australian reissue included a selection of B-sides and rarities previously released on Then: The Earlier Years.
- The album is dedicated to James McIntyre, a high school acquaintance who purportedly greatly influenced the Johns. McIntyre died of AIDS in May, 1986.
- On the LP version of the album, the following side titles were used:
- Side 1: Johnny Call Home (718) 387-6962
- Side 2: 25 hours a day 6 days a week (718) 387-6962
- The first pressing of the CD (on the East Side Digital label) contains a typo on the back: "Nothing's Gonna Change By Clothes."
- The European Elektra re-release of the album on vinyl has a typo on the Side 2 label, which calls the band "They Might By Giants."
- Elektra CDs and cassettes of the album replace "Don't Let's Start" with the single mix of the song, and the CDs feature incorrect track times on the back.
- The font, Filmotype Metro, used on the cover came from a "photographically based system" generated by a "non-computer-based machine". This machine had "decorative fonts from the 50s and 60s when the machine was developed" and "were ubiquitous in newspaper print shops as well as publishing houses". Other examples of Filmotype Metro can be seen at Fontsinuse.com
- John Flansburgh on the snowman gracing Side One of the LP lyric insert: "This piece of artwork was taken (I believe out of a trash can) at my job doing kids workbooks at Macmillan Publishing ultimately to grace the lyric sheet of the first album, and the smile of the snowman was altered to a more ambivalent expression."
Common Rough Trade label design
UK magazine ad for Elektra's re-release of the album