They Might Be Giants Awareness Day

Apparently today is They Might Be Giants Awareness Day. I’m going to be honest and admit I’m not enamoured with their new EP, but to mark the occasion, here’s a few of their tracks that I very much enjoy.

Birdhouse In Your Soul

An obvious choice, given that it was a HUGE hit, but you do have to admit that it’s a pretty catchy song.

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Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

If you say the words “Istanbul” or “Constantinople” to me, I will burst into a rendition of this song that will generally continue until you threaten to hit me with something heavy.

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Ana Ng

A pretty straightforward guitar-pop song, but always one of my favourites by the band. I’d never considered how much it sounds like Weezer until I read the YouTube comments, which is doubly weird because I’ve only ever liked one song by Weezer.

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So, a bit of trivia for you:

  1. They Might Be Giants (TMBG) were formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell
  2. They’re most famous for writing the theme song to Malcolm in the Middle, for which they won a Grammy
  3. They’ve released 14 albums
  4. They write a lot of educational songs for children
  5. They got their name from Don Quixote
  6. They recorded songs onto their answering machine and placed “dial-a-song” adverts for people to ring in and hear them – over 500 songs were used!
  7. In 2000, Dial-A-Song was replaced by dialasong.com, a website streaming service which later featured podcasts
  8. Ana Ng is about someone thinking about someone on the opposite side of the world. The band deduced that since “Ng” is a Vietnamese name, the person must be in Peru.
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