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They Might Be Giants Vinyl
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They Might Be Giants is a band from New York City that was founded twenty somethin’ years back by John Linnell and John Flansburgh, and are often joined on stage and on recordings by Dan Miller, Danny Weinkauf, and Marty Beller. Our current DVD/CD set (officially for kids but really for ourselves) is called “Here Comes Science” and is available at iTunes as a complete ... Read more in Amazon's They Might Be Giants Store

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  • Vinyl (17 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00008ETEN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,428 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The good ol' debut album 24 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
They Might Be Giants first - and some might argue - best album. I personally would not argue 'best', that crown sits atop Flood's head, but this is a sublime slice of They Might Be Pie nonetheless. Not quite as varied as some of their newer stuff - after all, this was made back when it was just 2 nerds, an electric guitar, an accordian and a drum machine - but if you haven't already got the Then compilation, scoop this up as fast as ever you can.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice :) 17 Mar 2013
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Quirky while remaining strangely beautiful in parts. My favourite song is 'She's an Angel' but there are so many standout songs here. Well worth a listen.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut your teeth 5 Oct 2001
By "antiphilosopher" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I remember the first time I was forced to listen to this album - a friend of a friend brought it over to my place one night and forced me to listen to it. After the disc ended I threw him out of my pad and told him that he had no idea what good music was supposed to sound like. He left so quickly in tears that he left the disc in my stereo. The next day while I was doing dishes, a tune popped into my head AND WOULN'T GO AWAY. I ransacked my apartment for the cd that this maddeningly oddball riff had come from, but I had no luck. Finally, after hours of frustration, I just hit random play on my changer and there it was. "32 Footsteps." I was amazed. Listened to the album over and over again, and TMBG's first album sank its mischevious little hooks into my soul. Bouncy, catchy, upbeat psychosis in musical form! Oh, the joy! My friend never got the CD back, and to this day TMBG remains one of the most beloved bands in this punk's musical arsenal.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet John Flansburgh, lovable crackpot... 10 Jan 2003
By Gena Chereck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Funny and fresh, ebullient and eccentric, bubbly and bursting with ideas (though perhaps too restless to dwell on them for very long), Flansy's personality is all over this disc. The bespectacled, guitar-playing half of They Might Be Giants sounds (and looks!) like a cross between Elvis Costello and Marshall Crenshaw, but his contributions to this 1986 debut are stylistically all-over-the-map, and he reveals himself to be a surprisingly versatile vocalist. The self-deprecating "Number Three" ("There's only two songs in me, and I just wrote the third!") is ersatz country; the tough-but-funny "Alienation's for the Rich" ("...and I'm feeling poorer every day") is bluesy country-rock. "Chess Piece Face" is hilariously fey art-rock, and "She Was a Hotel Detective" is stomping glam-rock. "Absolutely Bill's Mood" is a pulsing, pounding ode to insanity (dig that Dylanesque title); "Hide Away Folk Family" is sweet pop balladry with truly disturbing lyrics (about a family whose house is about to be torched). "Rabid Child" (about a kid hooked on CB radio) and the surreal "Youth Culture Killed My Dog" ("Bacharach and David used to write his favorite songs ... But the hiphop and the white funk just blew away my puppy's mind") are pure, upbeat pop. The best of the lot is "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head," with its infectious New Wave bounce and clever, thoughtful lyrics ("As your body floats down 3rd St. with the burn-smell factory closing up, yes it's sad to say you will romanticize all the things you've known before / It was not-not-not so great ... and as you take a bath in that beaten path, there's a pounding at the door;" "Ads up in the subway are the work of someone trying to please their boss / And though the guy's a pig we all know what he wants is just to please somebody else").
That's not to say that John Linnell, the boyishly handsome, accordian-playing half of TMBG, doesn't have his moments. On the exuberant opener "Everything Right is Wrong Again," the furious closer "Rhythm Section Want Ad," the brassy "Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes," the gorgeous "She's an Angel," and the classic "Don't Let's Start" ("No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful / Everybody dies frustrated and sad and that is beautiful!"), he offers hints of things to come on albums like Lincoln (1988) and John Henry (1994). (I must also mention "Hope That I Get Old Before I Die," his polka-flavored duet with Flansy featuring the line, "I think about the dirt that I'll be wearing for a shirt.")
Plus, I'm pleased to report that the filler quotient is rather low on this 19-track album; "Boat of Car" (featuring Margaret Seiler on lead vocals and, inexplicably, a sample of Johnny Cash's "Daddy Sang Bass"), Flansburgh's "Toddler Hiway," and Linnell's "32 Footsteps" are amusing at first but don't hold up to repeated listens. And the Flansy-Linnell duet "The Day" is notable only for its opening line, "The day Marvin Gaye and Phil Ochs got married" -- how could the rest of the song possibly live up to that, anyway?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by a Music Fan 1 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I lost a few of my other TMBG albums in a fire, and a few other have been loaned out to friends permanently. Luckily, I still have their self-titled album, which is one of my favorites of all time. It's also a good place to start listening to John and John, surpassed only by Flood, the most friendly of all TMBG efforts. Severe Tire Damage, which is a live-ish showcase of their talents, would also be a good first buy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A musical smorgasbord. . . 14 Aug 2000
By J. T. Nite - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
They Might be Giants go on a tour of musical genres on their first album, tying things together with their clean harmony and sharp lyrics. There's a country song, a couple of straight-out rockers, some new wave, and some uncharted territory (a sample of Johnny Cash's "Daddy Sang Bass" turns into a song about a car that's also a boat). Some of it makes sense, a lot of it makes no sense, but there's energy and intelligence to spare.
These songs were recorded with just two guys and a drum machine, one of its strengths is that its simplicity is never obvious. John and John know their way around a recording studio, and throw in some curveballs to keep your attention -- including the first phoned-in guitar solo I've heard, and some backward masking that isn't backwards.
If you're new to the band, Flood is a better jumping on point because it's not quite as strange. If you're a fan already, you must own this CD.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hammer down! rabbit ears! 19 April 2004
By race_of_doom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If They Might Be Giants ever had a creative peak, this album (their first) is arguably it. Nineteen songs, and not a second wasted -- the drum machine is used to great new wave-style effect ("I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die" and "Rhythm Section Want Ad" are two good examples), and the melodies are always consistant. Linnell and Flansburgh also use their voices in various, goofy ways -- listen to the way Linnell sounds on "32 Footsteps." It's both weird and absolutely hilarious at the same time.
The heartbreaking "She's an Angel" has both wonderful, naive-like lyrics ("I heard they had a space program/When they sing you can't hear, there's no air/Sometimes I think I kind of like that and/Other times I think I'm already there") and absolutely amazing instrumentation.
Other stand-outs: "Don't Let's Start," "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head," "Hide Away Folk Family," "Rabid Child," "Youth Culture Killed My Dog" -- wait a second, here... all of them! Every single track is great! I'm completely serious; you'll be astonished at how substantially great this record is.
TMBG would never have this amount of crazy energy again, but that in no way means they got worse or anything. "Lincoln" and "Flood" are two other great albums as well. But their self-titled (or the Pink Album) will forever be my personal favorite.
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