There are few bands around today that have managed to remain massively influential, incredibly well respected and relatively unknown all at the same time but They Might Be Giants (TMBG) continues to stay just on the edge of mass popularity by just doing what they do best, create great music and have fun doing so.
I was introduced to TMBG the way many of us were, through an animated bit on the cartoon series Tiny Toons. The songs were Istanbul (not Constantinople) and Particle man and, from the moment I heard them, I was hooked, I was a fan. It wasn’t long before I had tracked down the album the songs were on and the rest, they say, is history.
Why This Album?
TMBG remains one of my all time favorite bands from the moment I heard them for the first time in 1991. It was today’s album that led to me finding more and more of their music and discovering one of my all time favorite songs, Doctor Worm. No matter what, there is something special about the album Flood as it pulls me back to the zany fun days of the early 90’s, a time when I was exploring new music and developing what would become much of who I am today.
The album itself is a mixed bag of incredible songs discussing everything from Grocery Reincarnation to the pain of Minimum Wage. It is clear that John Flansburgh and John Linnel are two incredibly talented musicians who just get it. They have the ability to take the absurd and make it meaningful while still managing to hit serious topics along the way. Each track, no matter how insane or strange, has a message for those clever enough to listen for it, but that message is a different one for everyone who finds it. It is the perfect introductory album for the band and one that is sure to make you give these guys a second and third glance from now on.
I have had the privilege to have seen TMBG in concert twice already and I have to say, they are as good live as they are in the studio, maybe even better. It is clear that they love their fans even coming out to meet us after one of the shows. Since it’s inception, the John’s have remained the core of the band and, It is because of them that TMBG remains the awesome band it is and it doesn’t look like they are slowing down any time soon.
It is rare for a band in the 90’s to make a blatant statment against racism but leave it to TMBG to hit the nail on the head with Your Racist Friend.
Of course Istanbul. I mean, this is by far one of my favorites of theirs.
Finally, Birdhouse in Your soul. Man, this is one that is even better live, but it is pretty amazing on this album.
Okay, one more, Letterbox. It’s pretty great.
Ok, Where do I get it?
If you like this album, you really should give the rest of their music a go, they are kinda awesome.
Late to the Game 7/2/2019
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