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They Might Be Giants – “You’re On Fire” (Video)

The Johns (Flannsburgh and Linnell) behind They Might Be Giants have just put out a music video (directed by Hoku Uchiyama and Adam Bolt) for “Your On Fire,” a song we premiered earlier this year. The video is sweet and romantic or grisly and horrible depending on who’s perspective you’re taking it from. On the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 5, 2013 - 4:26 pm

The 10 Best They Might Be Giants Songs

First emerging in the early ’80s, They Might Be Giants were compelling, confounding, and arguably without precedent. They remain, 30 years after the fact, relics of a period in which underground rock’s largely regional character incubated success stories from gifted weirdos across the country. Just as sunbaked desert days helped to produce the druggy haze… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / March 18, 2013 - 1:19 pm

They Might Be Giants – “You’re On Fire” (Stereogum Premiere)

Veteran nerd-rock heroes They Might Be Giants return next month with a new album, their 16h, called Nanobots. The duo recorded the LP at the studio of their longtime friend Patrick Dillett, a producer who’s worked with David Byrne and Mary J. Blige. The album track “You’re On Fire” is a catchy and surprisingly toothy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 21, 2013 - 12:20 pm

The 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs

Whether you experience Christmas as a spiritual curative or a wretched crucible likely depends upon your capacity to enjoy the Yuletide season’s truly disassociate spirit of insanity. Most of us may consider ourselves largely inured at this point to the curiously redundant recurring color schemes, the unnaturally oppressive nighttime lighting and deeply strange rituals, the… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / December 21, 2012 - 3:55 pm

They Might Be Giants Do Conan

Fans of dorkily comedic things, take note: Nerd-rock veterans They Might Be Giants were on Conan last night, and it’s hard to imagine a more generally simpatico host. On the show, they played the recent track “When Will You Die.” And as a web exclusive, they also pulled out a noisy version of the 1988… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 27, 2012 - 2:28 pm

20 Songs Named After The Bands That Played Them

Self-titled albums are one thing. But when a band names one of its songs after itself — or, alternately, when a band names itself after one of its songs — it’s a pretty big deal. The song itself comes off looking something like a mission statement, an encapsulation of everything that the band means. Whe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 19, 2012 - 11:46 am

They Might Be Giants – “Electronic Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Nerd-rock kings They Might Be Giants have a new rarities album called Album Raises New And Troubling Questions out, and one of its tracks is a synthed-up version of their iconic Flood single “Istanbul (Not Constantinople),” a song that still remains firmly lodged in the cerebral cortexes of so many of the kids who saw… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2011 - 9:56 am

Under The Influence: They Might Be Giants Join Us

Indie pop institution They Might Be Giants’ most recent record, Join Us, is a jump back to the group’s formative, hyper-alliterative rock and its most mature (meaning, not specifically crafted for children) release in years. To walk us through some of the major Join Us touchpoints is none other than TMBG principal member John Flansburgh. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 29, 2011 - 3:40 pm

Titus Andronicus Cover “Birdhouse In Your Soul”

The last time we checked in on A.V. Club’s Undercover series, Baths opted to take on the recently departed LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends.” Here, NJ shaggy dogs (and Replacements fans) Titus Andronicus threw a curveball and went for the resurgent They Might Be Giants’ ’90s hit “Birdhouse In Your Soul.” Having also grown u… More »

By: brandon / April 12, 2011 - 3:00 pm

They Might Be Giants – “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”

They Might Be Giants are taking a break from their spate of children’s albums to release Join Us, a collection of songs for adults. Of course, opener “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”‘ is still plenty suitable for Junior, too. More »

By: brandon / April 6, 2011 - 2:58 pm

TMBG Write A Tiny Song For Coraline, Visit Conan Again

The Johns have contributed a track, “Other Father Song,” to the stop-motion film Coraline, which is based on Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name. J. Linnell explains:

A girl finds a door in her house that first opens to a brick wall, but at night, there’s a crawlspace, a portal to another… More »

By: brandon / February 18, 2009 - 11:48 am

Dunkin’ Donuts Runs On They Might Be Giants

TMBG has been consistently penning Munchkin-sized ditties for Dunkin’ Donuts since 2006. The two most recent ads to feature the Giants — “All Night Blowout” and “Moving” — are again centered on large, milky iced-lattes that help you put a little caffeine in your soul during troubled, sleepy, etc. times. While these brief ditties may… More »

By: brandon / June 12, 2008 - 1:35 pm

New They Might Be Giants Video – “Mesopotamians”

What happens when your band comes from a lost civilization? Navigating a charcoal cityscape on an empty tank with one piece of gum, Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh, aka the Mesopotamians, go Gorillaz with their pet goat/yak. This They Might Be Giants video for The Else’s “Mesopotamians” — which comes after an Apocalypse Now-quoting previewMore »

By: Stereogum / October 2, 2007 - 12:22 pm

New They Might Be Giants Video – “I’m Impressed”

Can always count on TMBG for watch worthy (if kooky) videos. So let’s make it a double feature. First up: “I’m Impressed,” a period piece along the lines of Spartacus, or maybe Gladiator, featuring a Shakespearean, regicidal plot. Starring robots. That bleed red paper. And turn to red, fleshy carcasses when slaughtered in the colosseum. More »

By: Stereogum / September 25, 2007 - 4:43 pm

New They Might Be Giants – “Careful What You Pack”

If the Johns’ keep the course, They Might Be Giants could give the Stones a run for longevity (though, for their sake, hopefully not Mick and co’s skincare). The duo, who formed in ’82, recently released album twelve, The Else, via iTunes in May and on CD last month: “Careful What You Pack,” a tiny… More »

By: Stereogum / August 10, 2007 - 11:03 am

New They Might Be Giants Video – “With The Dark”

With the help of vid “creator” Mizushima Hine, TMBG craft this stop-animated cautionary tale of protest, revolt, and alterna-pop intrigue. Seductively serenading as it may seem, don’t vote Giant Squid. (via BV)… More »

By: Stereogum / June 11, 2007 - 2:30 pm

New They Might Be Giants – “Take Out The Trash”

It’s been 25 years since They Might Be Giants was born, and we still listen to the quirky duo every night (who do you think recorded the Daily Show theme?). The Johns have always been good about sharing free tunes, and here is our first taste of their latest album The Else. A fairly funky… More »

By: Stereogum / April 27, 2007 - 2:29 pm

Top 10 Songs About Wonderful Cities

There’s nothing better than having a good song about your hometown. The folks at put together a list of their “Top 10 Songs About Wonderful Cities,” kicking off with a four-way tie at #10, and listing the artist’s rendition they most love. (Thanks Mike!)10. “New York, New York” – Frank Sinatra
10. “Viva La… More »

By: Stereogum / January 24, 2007 - 1:31 pm