Do you dig They Might Be Giants?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Nathan L Vogel, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. Nathan L Vogel

    Nathan L Vogel Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    What can I say about these guys. They're amazing! I geek out every time. WHO DIGS?! I first heard Birdhouse In Your Soul about 3 years ago, and was amazing how crazy it was. It's a great interesting song with odd lyrics. The chord structure is odd as well. The Intro itself not diatonic at all has incredible hidden modal interchange starting on the I maj to II min to FLAT III major! IT'S INCREDIBLE TBH! And I fell in love. I even did home recordings of the same song a year later give or take with @andrewskyDE mixing and mastering the beast. I really enjoy there album Flood. but have been expanding more on them everyday.



    A recent find with very unique harmonies and string counterparts.
    It's beautiful and the low voice suits it so well.

    What are some of your favorite TMBG songs?
     
  2. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

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    Birdhouse In Your Soul
     
  3. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

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    Worcester, MA
    I had the Don't Let's Start mini CD with We're The Replacements. That was cool.
     
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  4. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Senior Member

  5. nosticker

    nosticker Forum Guy

    Location:
    Ringwood, NJ
    Favorites include:
    Particle Man
    Minimum Wage
    Shoehorn With Teeth
    Dead
    Your Racist Friend


    Dan
     
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  6. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits, Abbie & Mitzi: Best Dogs Ever

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    Alexandria VA
    Answering the thread title: no!
     
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  7. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Senior Member

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    NYC USA
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  9. Gems-A-Bems

    Gems-A-Bems Forum Resident

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  10. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Senior Member

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    USA
    Sure. I have the Dial-A-Song compilation.

    Also, they did Hot Dog!

     
  11. Nathan L Vogel

    Nathan L Vogel Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Grand Forks BC
    Dead is a neat song!
     
  12. theholygoof

    theholygoof Forum Resident

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    Madison, WI
    First learned of the Johns on PostModern MTV, the precursor to 120 minutes around the time of Lincoln, as I rushed out and bought both the pink album and Lincoln.

    Couple gems:

    1. Birdhouse in Your Soul
    2. Ana Ng
    3. Don't Let's Start
    4. They'll Need a Crane
    5. She's an Angel
    6. Destination Moon
    7. Welcome to the Jungle
    8. It's Not My Birthday
    9. End of the Tour
    10. Fingertips
    11. Nightgown of the Sullen Moon
    12. I've Got a Match
    13. Purple Toupee
    14. Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head
    15. Hey Mr. DJ I Thought You Said We Had a Deal
    16. We Want a Rock
    17. I Palindrome I
    18. Where Your Eyes Don't Go
    19. You’re on Fire
    20. Narrow Your Eyes
    21. Man, It's So Loud in Here
    22. I Should Be Allowed to Think
    23. Statue Got Me High
    24. Subliminal
    25. Your Racist Friend
    *Secret Bonus Track: Minimum Wage
     
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  13. extravaganza

    extravaganza Forum Resident

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    Yeah I dig them. I keep forgetting about them and then rediscovering 'em and thinking "wow just wow". A LOT of flotsam and jetsam to sort though (especially after the first batch of albums) ... and yes they can grate (which they probably enjoy). Still love them. I lived in NYC in the late 80s and was a Dial A Song junkie. I can still remember the sublime experience of hearing a crackly "Birdhouse" for the first time over the phone and dialing back hoping to hear it again. Linnel is a genius. When he is "on" his chord progressions and hooks get lodged in my brain and stay there a while. I might get hit for saying this but I think he has written some of the most inventive pure pop since The Beatles Revolver.
     
  14. ggjjr

    ggjjr Forum Resident

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    Grosse Pointe
    Yes.
     
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  15. applebonkerz

    applebonkerz Forum Resident

    No.
     
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  16. Joseph LeVie

    Joseph LeVie Forum Resident

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    I used to make a band I played in do Twisting In Her Room (I think that's what it was called). I played organ and sang. It was a fun tune.
     
  17. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    I think their first album should be placed on Mt Rushmore for sheer melodic/poetic magnificence.
    Memo to myself
    Do the dumb things I gotta do
    TOUCH THE PUPPET'S HEAD
     
  18. PDK

    PDK Ta-ta...

    Location:
    Central Florida
    They are so awesome!


    Well the rain falls down without my help I'm afraid
    And my lawn gets wet though I've withheld my consent
    When this grey world crumbles like a cake
    I'll be hanging from the hope
    That I'll never see that recipe again
    As I walk, I think about a new way to walk
    As I think, I'm using up the time left to think
    And this train keep rolling off the track
    Trying to act like something else
    Trying to go where it's been uninvited
    It's not my birthday
    It's not today
    It's not my birthday, so why do you lunge out at me?
    When the word comes down, "Never more will be around"
    Though I'll wish you were there, I was less than we could bear
    And I'm not the only dust my mother raised
    So, I'm rattling the bars around this drink tank
    Discreetly I should pour through the keyhole or evaporate completely
    But there'd be no percentage, and there'd be no proof
    And the sound upon the roof is only water
    And the rain falls down without my help I'm afraid
    And my lawn gets wet though I've withheld my consent
    When this grey world crumbles like a cake
    I'll be hanging from the hope
    That I'll never see that recipe again
    It's not my birthday
    It's not today
    It's not my birthday, so why do you lunge out at me?
    When the word comes down, "Never more will be around"
    Though I'll wish you were there, I was less than we could bear
    And I'm not the only dust my mother raised
    I am not the only dust my mother raised
    Songwriters: John Flansburgh / John Linnell / John C. Flansburgh / John S. Linnell
    It's Not My Birthday lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

     
  19. Buddy>Elvis

    Buddy>Elvis Forum Resident

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    I picked up their first album a few weeks back at a record fair, have only played it once and it didn't instantly grab me.
     
  20. PDK

    PDK Ta-ta...

    Location:
    Central Florida
    I'll sink Manhattan
    Right under the sea
    I'll find the sweetest spot to watch
    As it goes away
    You were so happy
    With the things that you said
    Like, "He's my lower half, " you laughed
    But you're going to cry
    A river of tiny tears flow from your crocodile eyes
    Too late to apologize, I say, as flood waters rise
    I'll sink Manhattan
    I'll sacrifice friends
    I think they'd understand my plan
    I'll never be sure
    I've got a message
    So before I get through
    I'll find your answering machine
    And I'll sink it first
    Burn your forget-me-nots
    Admit that true love can die
    No, I won't apologize, my love, just kiss me goodbye
    Songwriters: John Flansburgh / John Linnell / John C. Flansburgh / John S. Linnell
    I'll Sink Manhattan lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

     
  21. gonz

    gonz Forum Resident

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    Michiana
    First three albums are excellent. I could take or leave the rest.
     
  22. JL6161

    JL6161 Forum Resident

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    Michigan, USA
    WHY, YES, I DO DIG THEM . . . although I think J + J packed so excessively many hooks into their first several records that after John Henry, they were running on fumes and never really got the mojo back fully, so I sort of lose interest around there.

    I am also yet again trotting out my excellent anecdote about seeing them play at like 9:00 am for a library association conference at my local nowheresville Holiday Inn, and here's a pic to prove it:

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  23. daveidmarx

    daveidmarx Forem Residunt

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    Astoria, NY USA
    Loved them since I discovered them around the release of Apollo 18. Got to see them live right when they started playing with a backing band, at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY in September '92 (I still have the DAT recording I made!!) Saw them a few more times since then and they never fail to put on a great, unique show. Their albums have been a little more hit or miss since John Henry (their last truly great album, IMHO), but I still love them lots. I even have all four subscriptions of their Hello Recording Club CDs (40 CD singles!!) The little band that could.

    From Central Park, July 31, 1993:

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  24. PDK

    PDK Ta-ta...

    Location:
    Central Florida
    I don't want the world...

    I just want your half.
     
  25. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Senior Member

    See The Constellation: "just a guy made of dots and lines"

    The Statue Got Me High

    Can't Keep Johnny Down

     

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