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lukee at 5:25PM, April 23, 2006
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Anyone else here listened to this awesome band?

If you haven't, go do so NOW. They're an alternative-rock band (although they've made many forays into every style of music possible, including polka and children's music) that's been around since ‘82, with 11 albums to their name (plus several EPs).

Good ways to get started with TMBG:

-pick up an album: there’s a nice compilation called “A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants” that you can usually find in record stores that covers all of their major songs. Apart from that, I recommend “Apollo 18”, “Flood”, or “Lincoln” to start off with.

-visit them on the web: their official website is tmbg.com, where you can see their most recent music videos from “Venue Songs”, or take a listen to the TMBG Podcast; or you could also check out dialasong.com, which plays a random song from their collection.

-call them up: if you live in New York, or you don't mind paying long distance, dial up 718-387-6962- it's the phone number for their trademark Dial-A-Song service. It takes about 10 rings for it to pick up, but it's worth it.

holy snap i am too big of a fan
–LUKEE Q. FINKLEBERG
Genuine President For Life No Seriously Guys I Mean It For Reals of the Top Drawer
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PhatScurl at 5:36PM, April 23, 2006
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I love They Might Be Giants, excellent band, my favorite song is Experimental Film. For those that didn't know, they do a LOT with Homestarrunner.com
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Thevampire_kain01 at 4:08AM, April 24, 2006
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i have one of there CD's, its the “Flood” one….. its pretty good.
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blackaby at 9:34AM, April 24, 2006
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One of my favourite bands - they bring back some wonderful memories of my teenage years, living in seedy apartments in the ‘hip’ and bohemian areas of town, with TMBG playing into the small hours of the night. Thanks for the link to the Dial a Song thingy - this is going to keep me happy for weeks! Or it'll at least wean me off the red blood radio cast.
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spambot at 12:12PM, April 24, 2006
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They’ve been my favorite band since I was 13. They are the ones that got me to listen to a wide variety of musical styles thanks to their own eclectic writing style. I’ve been to a few concerts, and even had a chance to meet Flansburgh after the show in 2002. He’s a cool guy.
My personal favorite album of all time is Apollo 13. It probably helps that my older bro had a tape of that and it’s what got me into their music. If you haven’t already seen “Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns”, do yourself a favor and get it.

I'm also doing that other comic "Space Waffles".
We now have a podcast called The Random Pirate Comics Show!
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Thevampire_kain01 at 7:37AM, April 25, 2006
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anystar at 10:14PM, April 25, 2006
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oh dear, I love TMBG XD I don't have any of their albums, but the songs I do have I enjoy very much. I do need to pick up some of their stuff..bah..
http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Door_in_the_Rock/ >> Fantasy Graphic Novel in Black and White :3
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Anonymous at 3:48AM, April 26, 2006
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for people who have never heard of them before, you will have heard one of theyre songs if yove watched malcom in the middle. Its theyre only uk hit
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Thevampire_kain01 at 7:21AM, April 26, 2006
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yah!
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jalford at 3:37AM, April 27, 2006
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“Everybody wants prosthetic forheads on their real heads.”
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Thevampire_kain01 at 4:12AM, April 28, 2006
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but there not as good as Metallica… but there good…….
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Ian Jay at 1:05PM, April 28, 2006
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Dude, comparing TMBG to Metallica is like comparing a ripe, fresh-picked passionfruit with a cinderblock. Sure, both are good in their respective fields, and people may enjoy them. But at the end of the day, they're almost nothing alike. (And personally, I'd much rather eat a passionfruit than a cinderblock.)

I saw They Might Be Giants in concert last night at some club up in Baltimore with a friend of mine who was raised in a house devoted to more of the “mainstream thrash” type rock– System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine, the Smashing Pumpkins, etcetera. The guy was totally converted when the band came onstage and exploded into a furiously ebullient maelstrom of crashing guitar chords and twisting keyboard licks– much more raw and energetic than the catchy, composed songs they put on their albums. They played a wide range of songs from their 20-and-something-year oeuvre, plus a bunch of new songs (some from their podcast. Yes! They have a podcast!) and, surprisingly, even a couple of the Venue Songs that they're selling the DVD/CD to right now. (They had autographed sets for $20 there, but I had already spent $25 on a sweet T-shirt, and I didn't have any left.)

TMBG rocked my ass out of my head and back into my seat. They renewed my belief that they are the absolute best band of the last twenty years. And I dare anyone to refute that.

~IJ
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