Hi, I'm Ed. I've been a big TMBG fan since the early 2000s, though I suspect I had tendencies to like them even as a young kid. Like so many others, I remember the Tiny Toons videos, but I honestly don't think I can claim solid fandom until signing up for the old Yahoo! music service called LAUNCHcast. Curiously, one of the first TMBG songs it played was "They Might Be Giants," and I remember thinking something like, "How cool must these guys be to name a song after themselves?" It didn't take long for me to realize that I "got" TMBG, and it's been gold from there.
I bought Flood and then Mink Car soon after that, as it was the most recent accessible release at the time. And the rest, as they say, is history. It also bears mentioning that I watched Clarissa Explains It All back in the day, and she had posters of the Johns and of Flood that I didn't notice or know about...until someone posted them on the tumblr. SO SUBLIMINAL!!!
In February 2015, I gave a presentation on TMBG as part of Nerd Nite Orlando. It got a very nice reception! You can see photo highlights and all of my PowerPoint slides here. The band has also acknowledged my talk on their tumblr page.
In May 2023, I got to be on the American TV quiz show Jeopardy! This was a lifelong goal of mine, and I finally achieved it! I even won a game, which means I get to call myself a Jeopardy! Champion for the rest of my life, huzzah! TMBG played no small part in helping me recall many little facts through the years, and while I can't say any of the clues I responded to on my two episodes could be directly attributed to them, I am proud to call myself a simultaneous TMBG and J! fan. :-)
TMBG don't come around to Florida all that often. I've made it to four shows:
- February 2012, where I took this cruddy photo (against the rules, natch)
- April 2016, by which time I'd upgraded to a smartphone and got this amazing photo that was totally legit
- January 2018, with no dip in quality whatsoever
- March 2023, with horns!!
Among the first three shows, there were only 7 songs in common to all three (the big ones you'd expect). Some others were repeated at two of the three, but overall that means I've heard 69 unique songs! That is so cool. (Perhaps one day I'll do a similar analysis that includes the fourth show.)
My contributions to TMBW taglines are compiled here.
I have a tumblr page under MisterMe83, which is the name I wish I had chosen when I started on this wiki. I don't post there much anymore. Through the years, many of my submissions to TMBG's tumblr page were accepted by the moderator, even before I started my own account. Here is a comprehensive list of all the things I contributed.