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They Might Be Giants

They Might Be GiantsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Restless Records
  • ASIN: B000003BIR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everything Right Is Wrong Again
2. Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head
3. Number Three
4. Don't Let's Start
5. Hide Away Folk Family
6. 32 Footsteps
7. Toddler Hiway
8. Rabid Child
9. Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes
10. (She Was A) Hotel Detective
11. She's An Angel
12. Youth Culture Killed My Dog
13. Boat Of Car
14. Absolutely Bill's Mood
15. Chess Piece Face
16. I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die
17. Alienation's For The Rich
18. The Day
19. Rhythm Section Want Ad

Editorial Reviews

The self-titled debut from alternative music's favorite dork-rockers launched a career based on absurd lyrics planted in wildly diverse musical garden. Songs like "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head" and the New-Wavish tributary "Youth Culture Killed My Dog," are sung with an Andy Kaufman-like sensibility that leaves one questioning their sincerity. In contrast, the tune "Don't Let's Start" is relatively sweet and earnest. Musically, TMBG stray from the country honker "Number Three" to the glam-rocker "(She Was a) Hotel Detective," adapting accordion, fuzz-boxed guitar, and electric piano to suit their purposes. Perhaps the most subversive mockery of all is how TMBG write extremely catchy melodies that "serious" musicians would love to claim as their own. "His shoes are laced with irony" goes a line from "Hide Away Folk Family." That pretty much ties it up. --Beth Massa

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut your teeth October 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I remember the first time I was forced to listen to this album - a friend of a friend brought it over to my place one night and forced me to listen to it. After the disc ended I threw him out of my pad and told him that he had no idea what good music was supposed to sound like. He left so quickly in tears that he left the disc in my stereo. The next day while I was doing dishes, a tune popped into my head AND WOULN'T GO AWAY. I ransacked my apartment for the cd that this maddeningly oddball riff had come from, but I had no luck. Finally, after hours of frustration, I just hit random play on my changer and there it was. "32 Footsteps." I was amazed. Listened to the album over and over again, and TMBG's first album sank its mischevious little hooks into my soul. Bouncy, catchy, upbeat psychosis in musical form! Oh, the joy! My friend never got the CD back, and to this day TMBG remains one of the most beloved bands in this punk's musical arsenal.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet John Flansburgh, lovable crackpot... January 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Funny and fresh, ebullient and eccentric, bubbly and bursting with ideas (though perhaps too restless to dwell on them for very long), Flansy's personality is all over this disc. The bespectacled, guitar-playing half of They Might Be Giants sounds (and looks!) like a cross between Elvis Costello and Marshall Crenshaw, but his contributions to this 1986 debut are stylistically all-over-the-map, and he reveals himself to be a surprisingly versatile vocalist. The self-deprecating "Number Three" ("There's only two songs in me, and I just wrote the third!") is ersatz country; the tough-but-funny "Alienation's for the Rich" ("...and I'm feeling poorer every day") is bluesy country-rock. "Chess Piece Face" is hilariously fey art-rock, and "She Was a Hotel Detective" is stomping glam-rock. "Absolutely Bill's Mood" is a pulsing, pounding ode to insanity (dig that Dylanesque title); "Hide Away Folk Family" is sweet pop balladry with truly disturbing lyrics (about a family whose house is about to be torched). "Rabid Child" (about a kid hooked on CB radio) and the surreal "Youth Culture Killed My Dog" ("Bacharach and David used to write his favorite songs ... But the hiphop and the white funk just blew away my puppy's mind") are pure, upbeat pop. The best of the lot is "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head," with its infectious New Wave bounce and clever, thoughtful lyrics ("As your body floats down 3rd St. with the burn-smell factory closing up, yes it's sad to say you will romanticize all the things you've known before / It was not-not-not so great ... and as you take a bath in that beaten path, there's a pounding at the door;" "Ads up in the subway are the work of someone trying to please their boss / And though the guy's a pig we all know what he wants is just to please somebody else"). Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by a Music Fan November 30, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I lost a few of my other TMBG albums in a fire, and a few other have been loaned out to friends permanently. Luckily, I still have their self-titled album, which is one of my favorites of all time. It's also a good place to start listening to John and John, surpassed only by Flood, the most friendly of all TMBG efforts. Severe Tire Damage, which is a live-ish showcase of their talents, would also be a good first buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A musical smorgasbord. . . August 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
They Might be Giants go on a tour of musical genres on their first album, tying things together with their clean harmony and sharp lyrics. There's a country song, a couple of straight-out rockers, some new wave, and some uncharted territory (a sample of Johnny Cash's "Daddy Sang Bass" turns into a song about a car that's also a boat). Some of it makes sense, a lot of it makes no sense, but there's energy and intelligence to spare.
These songs were recorded with just two guys and a drum machine, one of its strengths is that its simplicity is never obvious. John and John know their way around a recording studio, and throw in some curveballs to keep your attention -- including the first phoned-in guitar solo I've heard, and some backward masking that isn't backwards.
If you're new to the band, Flood is a better jumping on point because it's not quite as strange. If you're a fan already, you must own this CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hammer down! rabbit ears! April 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If They Might Be Giants ever had a creative peak, this album (their first) is arguably it. Nineteen songs, and not a second wasted -- the drum machine is used to great new wave-style effect ("I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die" and "Rhythm Section Want Ad" are two good examples), and the melodies are always consistant. Linnell and Flansburgh also use their voices in various, goofy ways -- listen to the way Linnell sounds on "32 Footsteps." It's both weird and absolutely hilarious at the same time.
The heartbreaking "She's an Angel" has both wonderful, naive-like lyrics ("I heard they had a space program/When they sing you can't hear, there's no air/Sometimes I think I kind of like that and/Other times I think I'm already there") and absolutely amazing instrumentation.
Other stand-outs: "Don't Let's Start," "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head," "Hide Away Folk Family," "Rabid Child," "Youth Culture Killed My Dog" -- wait a second, here... all of them! Every single track is great! I'm completely serious; you'll be astonished at how substantially great this record is.
TMBG would never have this amount of crazy energy again, but that in no way means they got worse or anything. "Lincoln" and "Flood" are two other great albums as well. But their self-titled (or the Pink Album) will forever be my personal favorite.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars TMBG at their finest
This is my favorite They Might Be Giants album! I play the accordion and to have Linnell do that sick accordion solo on "Rhythm Section Want Ad" is amazing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Isaac F.
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let's Start
This is an ok CD but as a long time fan I must admit that many of the songs on this annoy me quite a bit. Read more
Published 4 months ago by vaughn Michael Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars They Might Be Giants rules
Great album, I can't wait till my kids get to the music age. TMBG's will be their first band. This album is filled with alot of the greats!
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny But Forgetable Shoegazer Technopunk.
They Might Be Giants' 1987 self titled debut is a 19 song collection of interesting sounding ideas that don't work out. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ken
2.0 out of 5 stars Blip in the digital download of "Everything Right is Wrong Again"
I love this album and TMBG - I'd give them 4 stars. The 2 stars is for the Digital MP3 version of this album. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Retzely
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favorite TMBG
Decided after many years to purchase again since I first had this on casette. I missed it, and i'm glad I did repurchase. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Joe R
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd and childish - in a good way!
As far as the DIY method of making indie music goes, They Might Be Giants debut album lies at the far end. Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Humberto Mejia
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all started....
I worked at a record store when I was a teenager. The the best part of the job was listening to everything that came across the counter in those days. Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by tick tock
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully warped!
This was, I think, the first CD I ever owned (it was a birthday gift). I've been a TMBG fan from the time I heard this album on cassette. Read more
Published on April 11, 2011 by S.W.
5.0 out of 5 stars um, great album
If you love TMBG and you don't have this, get it. While I am not a particularly avid fan, my husband loves them and I got this for his birthday - he enjoys it thoroughly and sings... Read more
Published on February 20, 2011 by jd
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