Thursday, October 19, 2006

Throwback Thursday: They Might Be Giants


For this week's Throwback, we are going to discuss one of Mike's favorite bands to see live, They Might Be Giants. Some call them eclectic, some call them the kings of "geek rock." One thing is for certain, they have been making music for over 20 years. While they are not one of my favorite bands, I have to admit that they bring it live. How many bands surf the radio during their shows and start playing along to random songs? It is definitely a spectacle, and their fans adore them. They even have their own phone line, where you can call for a new song daily.

It was certainly a challenge to make a few selections from their rather large body of work, but I hope that you like what we came up with.

They Might Be Giants (1986)

Don't Let's Start
She's An Angel

Lincoln (1988)
Ana Ng
Purple Toupee

Flood (1990)
Birdhouse In Your Soul
Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

Apollo 18 (1992)
I Palindrome I
The Statue Got Me High

John Henry (1994)
Meet James Ensor

Factory Showroom (1996)
New York City
James K. Polk

Mink Car (2001)
Bangs
Older


I also found a concert from 1992, over at Kwaya Na Kisser. It was recorded on July 4 at Grant Park in Chicago.

Intro
Frankenstein
I Palindrome I
Twisting
Particle Man
The Guitar
The Statue Got Me High
The Famous Polka
Ana Ng
Your Racist Friend
Whistling in the Dark
Narrow Your Eyes
Birdhouse in Your Soul
Don't Let's Start
Dig My Grave

Check out yesterday's great mutiny and a contest. All you have to do is leave a quick comment to win, so check it out.

Past Throwbacks:
10/12/06: The Psychedelic Furs
10/05/06: The Clash
09/28/06: The Smiths
09/21/06: A Tribe Called Quest
09/14/06: R.E.M.
09/07/06: The Cure
08/31/06: Morphine
08/24/06: The Lemonheads
08/17/06: Depeche Mode
08/10/06: New Order

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4 Comments:

Blogger Code Name: Ryan said...

Thanks for these. It's been awhile. I knew the older stuff but not really any of the "newer" albums.

Thursday, October 19, 2006  
Anonymous johngross said...

always a fun show indeed. one of the all time greats.

Thursday, October 19, 2006  
Anonymous Niamh said...

I like they might be Giants
Do they ever play in Scotland
Have they released any CDs lately

Thursday, October 19, 2006  
Blogger J said...

Thanks for the kind words. As far as new stuff, I know that they are working on some kids DVD with Disney. They have a lot of mp3s coming out on a regular basis. Check their site and they have their own mp3 download site too, which you can link to from there. As far as them coming to Europe, I have no idea.

Thursday, October 19, 2006  

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