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Dial-A-Song. NSFLongdistance

TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonightHas stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
edited March 2012 in Singularity Engine++
Trying this again.

Once upon a time there was a band made of two guys named John. Well, thirty years later there still exists a band made of two guys named John, and they are called They Might Be Giants.

This band is still one one of my favorite bands in the world. Like really, ever (sorry Faith No More but you are a dead tie).

These giants who may be started out as two guys with a guitar, and accordion, a saxophone, and some samples plus a drum machine and they made these songs.



That was a bit of a hit. They did well in New York, but we know New York people are in to weird stuff. These were some other good songs from that first album.





Okay, next album: Lincoln







Okay, so everyone is pretty familiar with this album: Flood





Okay, we're over that, right? I know they used some songs on Tiny Toon Adventures that was great and everything. Let us move on.

Holy SHIT APOLLO 18 was an awesome album (this album turned 20 years old a few days ago).







So 1994 was the year that I actually got to look forward to a new They Might Be Giants album.

John Henry happened, and the Johns had a full band behind them for the first time.

Holy shit.





Factory Showroom, also awesome



Featuring an adorable cover from a band called Cub



My favorite song of the moment...



Then Mink Car? I know I am missing something but this song is so fun.



So, I missed a bunch of stuff. I got lame and stopped listening to fun music.

BUT THEN!

JOIN US came out.



Please fill in all of the blanks that I left open for all of you.

I seriously did that on purpose because I can't possibly list all of my favorite songs in a single post.

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  • miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    THIS IS MY THREAD

    IT WAS MADE FOR ME

  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    No I made it for me.

    But I can share.

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  • VALVEjunkieVALVEjunkie Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    fuck YES

    GOOD THREAD, BEST TONKKA


    E: wait that's a shitty upload I'll find another
    EE: there

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  • YaYaYaYa Decent. Registered User regular
    guys shut up



    best drum solo

    best

  • SkylarkSkylark o7 Vile Rat o7 o7 Photon Torpedo o7Registered User regular
    Yesssssssss!
    Yes!

  • ButtlordButtlord Fornicus Lord of Bondage and PainRegistered User regular
    these guys are pretty cool

    i like the requisite songs

    that's about all i've heard though

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  • miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    This song was the first time The Johns appeared on my radar


    But it wasn't until this song that I really paid attention to them


    Starting in 2002, the band started making and have continued making some of the best music for kids and the young at heart



    This was the first album I was around for the release of



    TMBG are the first band I really got into and remain my favorite band, even if I am a complete hipster these days. I haven't kept up with their albums since The Else but I still go to their shows. Did I mention that they put on some of the best live shows I've ever seen? I've seen them six times and they are always an absolute delight.

  • ButtlordButtlord Fornicus Lord of Bondage and PainRegistered User regular
    when i got assassin's creed revelations i put on istanbul not constantinople and ran around istanbul (not constantinople) with it on repeat for like an hour

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  • NiryaNirya My name's Bo Rida and I'm here to sayRegistered User regular
    But it wasn't until this song that I really paid attention to them


    I was just about to post this song. It is a song I play constantly.

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  • VALVEjunkieVALVEjunkie Registered User regular
    This song was the first time The Johns appeared on my radar

    I remember when they played this on cartoon network

    fuckin'

    yeah

  • miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    Other things to be aware of:
    They did some sweet podcasts that no fan should miss out on!


    They did this thing where they once wrote and performed a song about every venue of one of their tours!



    There's a documentary about them!


    (daaang do i need to watch gigantic again)
    (daaang do i need to listen to everything again)

  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular


    There's also a lack of Here Comes Science in this thread.

  • miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    Fuck. Tonkka. Thank you so much for this thread. I have to go finish doing work but I will be geeking out so hard here this weekend. You ain't seen nothing yet.

  • SkylarkSkylark o7 Vile Rat o7 o7 Photon Torpedo o7Registered User regular

    They tore down Richard's a few years ago and put up a condo. I'm sad now, so keep posting videos to cheer me up.

  • miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    Skylark wrote: »
    keep posting videos to cheer me up.

    You know, I don't think anything about this thread's namesake has been posted. Dial-A-Song was a thing the band implemented when John was injured in a bike accident and couldn't perform. They got an old ass answering machine and would record short songs and messages for people to listen to when they called the number (718-387-6962. Yes, I have it memorized. No, I was never able to get through. Not sure if it's still in service)
    A lot (a lot) of songs got their start as demos on DAS. A good amount of the original versions of these songs are available in some form, some can still be found if you scour the internet, but who knows how many hours of listening that DAS offered over the years.


    This demo was recorded in 1983, or possibly earlier, as Dial-A-Song began in that year. A later Dial-A-Song re-appearance of this song featured John Flansburgh saying that this was their "very first song on their very first demo." The song is the same, though the "ba-boo" continues on much longer after the music fades at the end.

  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    TMBG is one of those bands that by all rights I should be completely in love with but for whatever reason have just never really delved into their stuff?

    I should do that.

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    Real strong, facetious.

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  • WeaverWeaver Who are you? What do you want?Registered User regular
    Why isn't this in the music thread?

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  • miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    Because this isn't a music thread, it's a TMBG thread.

  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    Weaver wrote: »
    Why isn't this in the music thread?

    Why must you be the screen door on my submarine?

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  • crwthcrwth THAT'S IT Registered User regular
    Weaver wrote: »
    Why isn't this in the music thread?

    no megathreads!

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    30 years are you fucking shitting me

    edit: no you are not

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    YEAH.

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    YaYa wrote: »
    guys shut up



    best drum solo

    best

    Holy shit
    my friend who is super into TMBG has told me about this bit but I never could track it down

    this is incredible

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  • One Thousand CablesOne Thousand Cables An absence of thought Registered User regular
    Ah I love these guys. My favorite band in the world up through high school.

    Good call on Spiraling Shape Tonkka. That song is fantastic.

  • Goose!Goose! That's me, honey Show me the way home, honeyRegistered User regular
    They only ska/band with horns song I like is Beer by Reel Big Fish

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    Goose we will Kung Fu fight in Boston.

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    Goose! wrote: »
    They only ska/band with horns song I like is Beer by Reel Big Fish

    what the fuck are you doing in here

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    Goose! wrote: »
    They only ska/band with horns song I like is Beer by Reel Big Fish

    what the fuck are you doing in here

    :^:

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  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    Tonkka yes! I was hoping you would get around to making this thread!

    Apollo 18 was one of those albums that I listened to a million times because I only had a cassette player in my car and I happened to have it on cassette tape. It was Apollo 18, Talking Heads' Naked and the Empire Strikes Back soundtrack for like a year straight. Also it turns out my best friend of like forever years now was at the same TMBG concert that I attended in high school the year before we met.

    Anyway!



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  • AntimatterAntimatter Registered User regular
    i'm positive that this song is about the prisoner
    If you need a friend, you know what to do
    You can count on me,'cause I'm the Number Two
    One day at the beach, the next at the zoo
    I'm always around, I'm the Number Two
    i mean, come the fuck on

    (i love this band)

  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    I finally got my hands on their bsides album missalanious T. Love tmbg so so much

  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    I think my favorite sung off of join us is lady and the tiger because I love that thought experiment

  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Fuck yes, how did I miss this thread? Love me some mothafuckin' TMBG.

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  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    They Might Be Giants has been a part of my life since I was very small





    The first album I ever owned was a cassette tape of Flood

    they just keep showing up when I least expect them



    I love these guys



  • SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    As much as I like Don't Let's Start, I cannot watch that video. Cannot deal.

    Also where I work plays the really old version of Istanbul not Constantinople in the dining room and it's strange.

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  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    Recently I met someone else besides me who was introduced to tmbg via tiny toons. It made me happy

  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    YaYa wrote: »
    guys shut up



    best drum solo

    best

    I've seen this, or a version of it, when I saw them live. My mom also hit on Dan the drummer, heavily.

  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    I love They Might Be Giants.

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  • RubberACRubberAC Sidney BC!Registered User regular
    Solid thread. Solid band. A+

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