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Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants


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They Might Be Giants are an original band from Brooklyn, New York founded by John Flansburgh and John Linnell and including Dan Miller on guitar, Danny Weinkauf on bass, and Marty Beller, the king of the drums. TMBG works continuously — writing, recording, or touring. They Might Be Giants have also been involved in numerous television and film projects.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B00006IZOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Birdhouse In Your Soul
2. Ana NG
3. Don't Let's Start
4. Boss Of Me (Theme From Malcolm In The Middle)
5. Older
6. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
7. Doctor Worm
8. The Guitar
9. Dr. Evil (From Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)
10. New York City
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. She's An Angel
2. How Can I Sing Like A Girl?
3. James K. Polk
4. Meet James Ensor
5. Mammal
6. Pet Name
7. No!
8. I Can Hear You
9. Spider
10. I Should Be Allowed To Think
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The first collection to span the entire indie and major-label career of these beloved post-punk smart alecks! Signature songs like Don't Let Start; Ana Ng; Birdhouse in Your Soul; Istanbul (Not Constantinople) , and Doctor Worm join unissued live versions of She's Actual Size; Spy , and Stormy Pinkness; Boss of Me (from Malcolm in the Middle); Dr. Evil (from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me ), and more. 52 Giants gems on 2 CDs!

Customer Reviews

A lot of great songs are on this album.
Clint
As I said earlier, this is a great-great-wonderful collection of songs and, by *far*, one of the better "Best Of" albums that I've ever encountered.
subpolka
It is a double CD set with a fun pull out booklet fullof essays and whatnot.
J. Moore

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232 of 260 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cattell on October 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've read several reviews of this album by committed TMBG fans, people who love the songs, but at the same time have given this compilation just one star because they see it as 1) corporate greed 2) selling out, or 3) they're angry that there are three previously unreleased songs that they'll have to spend $$$ on to own.
Please. You people sound like those opera fanatics who insist that "supertitles" (where a translation of the lyrics is played high above the stage) corrupt opera. Those are the people who insist you must learn fluent Italian to enjoy opera or else just sit there and wonder what's going on. For years, I've heard "purists" of a particular rock band sneer at "greatest hits" compilations. They're the ones who insist that anyone who buys "Forty Licks" is a shallow tool of consumer culture. They don't understand that not everyone already owns all fifty or so Rolling Stones albums or otherwise doesn't have the money to buy them all.
I realize that there are thousands of devoted TMBG fans, many of whom seem to spend their youth collecting graduate degrees in anthropology or third-world literature studies, who insist that a compilation doesn't capture the delicate pathos that TMBG have created with their music. Fair enough. They are gifted artists. But like those other gifted artists, the ones who hailed from Liverpool, their albums sell primarily because they are filled with catchy tunes. That's why I bought the Beatles' "One" and that's why I'm buying "Dial-A-Song": because I want some songs I can whistle to when I'm stuck in rush-hour traffic. Get over it.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By subpolka on September 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
To clarify, what you're looking at is *not* a compilation of rarities, alternate studio cuts, or live performances (so what if the album title references their Dial-a-Song service? it means *nothing*...), but a yay-happy-twentieth-anniversary celebration of some of the Giant's greatest releases, spanning from their very first album through their latest release, the youngsta-oriented "No!" Also included are two previously-available-only-on-soundtrack tracks, the "Malcom in the Middle" [extended] theme, "Boss of Me" and "Dr. Evil" from Austin Powers II.
What I love most about this item is that it's not exclusive to the more popular TMBG singles, and includes a few old-school, lesser-known gems like "Nightgown of the Sullen Moon", "Snowball in Hell", and "She Was An Angel" (by my definition, one of the best Giant songs to ever exist).
For most TMBG fans, this CD brings few surprises...but that's no reason to shrug it off. As I said earlier, this is a great-great-wonderful collection of songs and, by *far*, one of the better "Best Of" albums that I've ever encountered. My recommendation? Open your wallet in the name of supporting quality music, and buy the li'l darlin.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gail Martin on February 15, 2004
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I bought "Dial a Song" expecting a run-of-the-mill "best of" compilation, hoping to fill in the cracks in my small collection of "Giants" recordings. Well imagine my surprise to find a beautifully assembled compilation of the best of "They Might be Giants"! I mean this in the sense that they didn't just pick out their most popular recordings, but truly the BEST of their recordings. And they didn't stop there! Because instead of simply plopping the songs onto a CD in chronilogical order (as so many do), they arranged them in a sequence that actually makes many of them sound BETTER than they did on the original recordings. The songs flow from one to another with almost eerie smoothness, pulling you into the music and making you bop around the livingroom oozing joy.
Really. A great record. You need it now.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Devin DiMattia on October 22, 2002
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For all those They Might Be Giants' fans hoping that "Dial-A-Song" will attract new fans, well, I'm one of those newbies. Before I picked up "Dial-A-Song", I had only heard a tiny amount of TMBG material ("Istanbul", "Particle Man", "Boss of Me", "Dr. Evil") but I loved all those songs. So, I walk into my local music store, pick it up and listen to it and I am duly impressed. Since, I didn't want to purchase a studio album by then, I opted for this instead and it's now in heavy rotation around my house. I couldn't believe I was missing out on such great songs like "Doctor Worm", "New York City" and "Man, It's So Loud in Here". I was also amused by the humorous second disc, which featured some of TMBG's more obscure works like "I Can Hear You" and the three new live tracks. Add a new fan to your tally, folks!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Oneal-petterson on November 26, 2002
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I hesitated to buy this album at first, because a) I have all of these songs and b) I didn't want to spend the 30 bucks. While I have burned my own personal "best of" CD, I decided to buy this because a) it is Their selection of the best, b) it came with that nifty booklet filled with fun facts and pictures, and c) I had a gift certificate, so it wasn't my money.
I was a bit disappointed (as was another reviewer) that it didn't contain actual dial-a-song bits, but as They explain, all of Their music starts on the Dial-a-Song, in one form or another. All told, there are some songs I think They missed (Spiraling Shape), and others that don't belong (Cyclops Rock, How Can I Sing Like a Girl - bleah!), but overall I think the order of tracks is fantastic (my favorite: Minimum Wage to Man, It's So Loud in Here to We're the Replacements).
So if you're just looking at the fact that these are the same songs, then yes, you won't want this album. But for those who want a comprehensive (52 tracks!) best-of album from Them, this is an excellent purchase. These two discs have a permanent place in our car stereo.
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