Every once in a while a band comes along that changes the course of human history. Your hosts and dear friends Jordan Cooper and Dave Fox take you on an in-depth musical journey over the career, albums, and songs of the band They Might Be Giants, and maybe have some hearty, completely authentic laughs along the way.
Oh boy, oh boy! During our interview with Bill Krauss, Bill showed us an old handwritten list of songs from the mid 80s with the title "TMB Songs." In this episode, we review this list and pick out a handful of rare and forgotten songs to discuss! We also ponder some exclusive never before seen song titles that fans have never known about! This episode also includes unheard moments from our interview with Bill! This is the first in a series of grab bag episodes where we discuss random mystery songs! Listen to hear what they are! Also, we answer e-mails in our rare-but-beloved Letterbox segment, plus Unrelated Thing!
Reel 'er in, we've got a BIG ONE! Mr. Bill Krauss, producer of THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, LINCOLN, and other iconic 80s TMBG material joined us for a sit-down! We talked to Bill about his origins in music, getting involved with They Might Be Giants, recording the early demos and albums, being TMBG's live sound-man, stories about being on the road with the band, and tons more! Absolutely Bill's Cool!
There's something coming. A new podcast episode on the horizon. It's coming very slowly. BUT NOW IT'S HERE! Our new episode is in the can, the big trash can! Jordan and Dave weep weep weep with joy and terror as they guide you through the bonus tracks on Then: The Earlier Years, disc 2! They Might Be Giants have a lot of goodies and strange-lings in store! Jordan tries to find the inspiration for Kitten Intro! Dave tells a heartbreaking true tale about Weep Day! Dave and Jordan battle brains over the meaning of the haunting and obtuse The Big Big Whoredom (and it scares them)! Then they talk about gettin' experimental over I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You! Here's hoping you don't turn the episode off, because Become A Robot gets dissected for parts! Then they want to want to sigh at the time that they discussed the unique qualities of the demo for Which Describes How You're Feeling! Swing Is A Word gets some words, Doris Cunningham is given Doris Contextham, and hey! hey! Counterfeit Fake! Jordan and Dave want you AND THAT'S NO MISTAKE! Finally, Dave and Jordan have stern words for the naughty children and naughty John and John in Schoolchildren Singing Particle Man! Listen or don't, it's entirely up to you!
Here's something novel for this podcast: LET'S ALL CELEBRATE TMBG! This episode discusses the were-we-ever-so-young 80's compilation from 1997, Then: The Earlier Years, notably the freaky and mysterious bonus tracks on disc 1! Dave and Jordan discuss the critics of Critic Intro! They say everything about Now That I Have Everything! They tap out rhythms with a smile on their face to Mainstream U.S.A.! Then they skip all the 80's stuff and get to talking about Flood...FAKE OUT! In Buenos Aires, that is! Gets talked about! Sti synécheia paírnoun to baglama tous kai tragoudoún mazí me ton Ellinikó Arithmó 3! The unassuming Hope That I Get Old Before I Die (Original Version) gets its unassumed due! We have our own podcast about They Might Be Giants, and we wanna get it recorded...can we do that? WE DO! And talk about the 1985 demo, I'm Def! To believe for all the world that you are my precious little 1985 demo for Don't Let's Start! Finally, we close out the yuks with the '85 Radio Special Thank You. All we can say is, John and John, you're welcome.
We've got a lot of insight into a real special slice of TMBG esoterica today, as we interview Julie Kantner, incredible songwriter and past member of John Flansburgh's college dorm band, The Turtlenecks! Jordan and Dave talk to Julie about songwriting, playing live, and we devote a lot of wide-eyed attention to the six-song Turtlenecks EP from 1981, put up by Julie on her Bandcamp page! We learn about some of the earliest unheard Flansburgh (and Linnell!) songs, and hear a lot of crazy and funny anecdotes about her and the college-aged pre-TMBGer! In the latter portion of the episode, Julie tells us about the inspiration behind some of her best songs released through her bands Fertile Virgin, Twig, and Uranium Daughters! She writes short, catchy, fun and lyrically complex rock songs, and we think all TMBG fans would go nuts for her music! Check out all of her stuff, including the Turtlenecks EP, at https://uraniumdaughters.bandcamp.com !
Our options for Miscellaneous T tracks to discuss get whittled away as Dave and Jordan confront the very few ***exclusive*** Dial-A-Songs and demos for Miscellaneous T! We dip back into our ongoing Dial-A-Song historical discussion! We also chill the f out a bit and answer some e-mails, discuss a wide variety of questionably compelling TMBG topics, talk about our favorite non-TMBG b-sides in our award-winning Unrelated Thing segment, and (are you ready?), introduce an ALL NEW award-winning segment! Where are we going to put all of these awards?!? And all of these hyphens?!!?
Dave and Jordan finish their stride through the b-sides compiled on Miscellaneous T! For Science is real, and they talk about the cocky character clamoring for the Venus vixen! Then we discuss lucky track number 13 and dig into more Dial-A-Song history, plus make extremely educated guesses about the inner lives of Gloria and The Guy! And from the phone machine to the phone inside her ribcage, we marvel at the musical dexterity of The Famous Polka! The haunting tale buried deep inside When It Rains It Snows is shuddered upon, and we're having a good time unpacking the musical influences of We're The Replacements! Here's a hint: the band The Replacements! Also, we talk about those darn single remixes! I pity the fool who doesn't listen to Miscellaneous T, Part 3!
Dave and Jordan soak up Miscellaneous T some more! They get drenched by rising flood waters in I'll Sink Manhattan! The sound upon the roof isn't only water, it's Dave and Jordan trying to wade through It's Not My Birthday! Then they cry a river of tiny tears as they grasp at the meaning of the three-word Hello Radio! Then...THIS JUST IN: Mr. Klaw's secret identity REVEALED, and YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE who it is! CLICK HERE NOW! Share and subscribe! After discussing the sexxy and stripped down Kiss Me Son of God (Alternate Version), the episode is closed out by the biggest show-stopping history-making discussion of The Biggest One, including EXCLUSIVE insight into a key (don't throw it away!) moment in the lyrics! What am I talking about?!? What am I doing hangin' from the hope that you will LISTEN NOW!!!!! You've got no one to blame but your beautiful selves if you miss out on what is without question our MOST RECENT EPISODE EVER!
Mister Cooper and Mister Fox talk about the first five tracks of Miscellaneous T, the jaw-dropping and unpredictable They Might Be Giants B-side compilation! We get BESIDE ourselves discussing the very nature of the B-side! D & J deal with Hey Mr. DJ I Thought You Said We Had A Deal! Then Pal Jordan tells Pal Dave about TMBG's obsession with Pal Joey and why they covered Lady Is A Tramp! Thoughts fall from their thoughts as they try to reveal the scope of Birds Fly! Then they skip over The World's Address (Joshua Fried Remix) because they already devoted episode 08 to that! Finally, Jordan tells Dave a bedtime story about the Nightgown of the Sullen Moon. Don't feel a bit insulted! Listen NOW!
Part 2 of our scintillating discussion with Joshua Fried! In this episode we talk about all of the songs on 1993's Hello the Band EP, a CD of totally great songs that Fried created with John Flansburgh for the Hello CD of the Month Club! We talk about the subliminal secret of Sodium Mask, who brought the funk on Since You Joined The Corporation, the wisdom of Tom Vu for Town To Town, the wonderfully convoluted and elaborate history behind Lullaby to Nightmares, and the pounding drums of Hello Hello! Fried also tells us about his live Venue Songs performance with They Might Be Giants! Then we go into the creation and inner workings of Fried's current project, Radio Wonderland! GOODNESS GRACIOUS!
We interviewed somebody! In preparation for our big Miscellaneous T episode, we sat down across a table from Joshua Fried, best known to They Might Be Giants fans as the man behind The World's Address (Joshua Fried Remix!) Fried tells us about his early years in music, his work with performance art troupe Watchface that him and John Flansburgh used to collaborate with, and then a special detailed discussion about The World's Address remix and Larger Than Life, the She's Actual Size remix! We also learn some fascinating inside info about a few TMBG songs, and so much more! And this is only part 1!
Do let's stop talking about Lincoln...but only after we wrap it all up in this special episode where Dave & Jordan dig into some of the curious Dial-A-Songs and demos that would eventually become Lincoln! This episode begins what will be a continuing multi-part discussion of TMBG's Dial-A-Song service, plus we share some fun recommendations in our Unrelated Thing segment, and answer a huge hefty bunch of e-mails from YOU, including one very exciting and special one that was a huge surprise to the guys! You COULD miss this episode, but you'd be making the biggest mistake of your life!
Your panacea's in a podcast app! We built a little podcast out of some crazy garbage! I've got a match; your embrace and my podcast! Tracks 10-18 of the 1988 album Lincoln by the band They Might Be Giants get examined by the friends Dave & Jordan, and you'll be shocked & appalled at how much there is to talk about! Our hosts chit their chats about so many topics stemming from these songs, such as the nature of psychopaths, nature, paths, one of the times Jordan met John Linnell, introducing children to Satanism, Dave's distaste for slap bass, seedy New York tales of CBGB's, and so much more! You'll wish the episode never ended! And it doesn't! I'll repeat it for those who may not have already guessed: DON'T MISS THIS EPISODE!
We have an obligation...to release part 2 of our discussion about Lincoln! In this episode, Dave & Jordan (tm) finally move past Ana Ng and extract curious wonder and delicious meaning from songs such as Purple Toupee, Piece of Dirt, Pencil Rain, and plenty more! Other topics include Linnell's early music career, Dave's Coffee Wisdom (tm), and the ethics of a Roy Orbison hologram tour, and so much more in this meaty 2 hours plus megasode! More like where your EARS DO go! Ah? Ahh??
Four score and seven years ago, Dave and Jordan released the previous podcast episode. Now we're back! We discuss They Might Be Giants' unimpeachable second album, Lincoln, and we end up devoting an entire hour to the intricacies of the lead single and might-be-masterpiece, Ana Ng. Jordan regales Dave with 1964 World's Fair factoids and triviods, Dave goes to a pharmacist to try to get those triviods taken care of, and he also gives Jordan a TMBG poncho! You won't hear that anywhere else, folks! Plus listener mail chat in our Letterbox segment, and more! LISTEN, ANNNNNNNN.......
Merry Flansmas! Happy Hanuk-WHAAA?? Dave and Jordan dig into the uniquely strange THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS IN...HOLIDAYLAND EP, then take a very fantastic and harrowing voyage to the Island of Misfit Christmas Songs banished from Holidayland! They even discuss the Hello Family Santa Special, which is really overkill, if you ask me. Will Dave learn the true meaning of Christmas? Will Jordan learn the dark secret of Hanukkah? Is this the place to put a hacky Kwanzaa joke? Spend Christmas morning alone with us and find out! Plus: the debut of THREE new segments! Catch them before they roll away!
All Dave and Jordan know could be defaced as they complete their exhaustive musical excavation of the first They Might Be Giants album! Covering tracks 10 through 19, your hip hip horrific hosts discuss topics like the band's disinterest in broadcasting emotionality through their musicality, the unconscious guilt of the egocentrism of the Artist, and which tracks lay down the dopest beat! Better listen now, it won't be fun for long!
Dreams Realized! In episode 02, Dave and Jordan go uncomfortably in-depth into the candy-colored song explosion that is the very first side (tracks 1-9) of the very first They Might Be Giants album! The two real-life friends discuss the differences in songwriting styles of the Johns, make a valiant attempt to trace the many reference points sprinkled throughout the lyrics, and stare deep into the hollowed-out eyes of each other's grinning skulls. Not to be missed, unless you have little to no interest in TMBG!
It's the first episode of Don't Let's Start: A Podcast About They Might Be Giants! Jordan and Dave are longtime friends with a lot of thoughts about the band They Might Be Giants. This introductory episode finds Jordan and Dave learning about how each other got into the band, they reminisce about Dave's first TMBG live show at Tramp's on December 31, 1998 (with sound clips!), and talk about plans for the podcast!