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2005 – A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity is released by Rhino on CD. The greatest hits compilation serves mostly as a condensed version of the two-disc Dial-A-Song set from three years earlier.
1979 – When I was Maggie Thatcher, It Was A Very Good Year for cat fights and being elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, a position Ms. Thatcher would continue to hold for 11 years, where she gained a reputation as either the best or absolute worst Prime Minister.
2000 – Working Undercover For The Man, an MP3 EP, is released through eMusic, though, as in the case of Long Tall Weekend, there are some physical copies available. In addition to the title track, it features a number of previously unreleased recordings.
1984 – John Linnell purchases his first accordion (an F. H. Walters 1928 model) from "We Buy Guitars" on 48th street in Manhattan. The accordion would soon become a staple of They Might Be Giants' music.
1788 – South Carolina becomes the 8th state. Nationally, it becomes one of the most poorly-rated states in terms of bicycle accidents. It will prompt the writing of the State Songs track "South Carolina".
1941 – Bob Dylan is born. Dylan is a prolific and influential musician, revered by both John Linnell and John Flansburgh. His song "Mr. Tambourine Man" has been covered by TMBG, and it inspired the song "Weep Day".
Dan Hickey, the former TMBG drummer from 1997 to 2003, is born in 1957.