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.
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.
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.
So, a bit of trivia for you:
- They Might Be Giants (TMBG) were formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell
- They’re most famous for writing the theme song to Malcolm in the Middle, for which they won a Grammy
- They’ve released 14 albums
- They write a lot of educational songs for children
- They got their name from Don Quixote
- 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!
- In 2000, Dial-A-Song was replaced by dialasong.com, a website streaming service which later featured podcasts
- 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.