#54 – “Prevenge” (2004)

The Spine

L.K.: Is this our first Spine song? A.S.: Yep, this is. Coincidentally enough, it was also the first single from The Spine. L.K.: Yeah, and what a weird choice for a single. “Experimental Film” would seem the more obvious one as it’s the first track and a stereotypically Linnellian pop number. “Prevenge” is just weird on a number of levels. Not … Continue reading

#53 – “All Alone” (1999)

They Got Lost

L.K.: Well this shouldn’t take too terribly long. A.S.: Nope. L.K.: I don’t know, this song qualifies as the bad kind of minimalism to me. A.S.: Yeah, this does absolutely nothing for me. L.K.: The main element of the chorus is literally just one repeated note, but there’s nothing else going on harmonically. Apparently this was written really quickly, but it … Continue reading

#52 – “On Earth My Nina” (1999)

Long Tall Weekend

L.K.: I guess this breaks our good song streak… sort of? A.S.: This is great, who are you kidding. L.K.: Though as far as short, weird songs go, it’s definitely more interesting than most. John Linnell wins points for devising the weirdest way to introduce a new song to the public – by performing it backwards. A.S: It’s definitely one … Continue reading

#51 – “Meet James Ensor” (1994)

John Henry

L.K.: Oh jeez. The roll continues. A.S.: Where do we begin with this one? L.K.: Where do you begin? Well for starters, James Ensor is very much an actual guy, and you can go to a (good) museum and check out some of his works. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, for one, has some of his paintings. … Continue reading

#50 – “Tryptophan” (Mono Puff; 1995)

The Devil Went Down To Newport EP

L.K.: Or however it’s spelled. A.S.: Not even Flansburgh can decide how it’s spelled, it seems, even though as far as I know, it’s correct without the “e”.  Many Thanksgivings have taught me this. L.K.: Well I think it’s the amino acid versus… the substance? I don’t know, I’m a terrible biology major. A.S.: I feel like I’ve read … Continue reading

#49 – “Don’t Let’s Start” (1986)

They Might Be Giants

L.K.: AAAAHHH WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF ALL THE GOOD SONGS. A.S.: I’m enjoying discussing all these undisputed classics/popular favorites, but we’re setting ourselves up for just, I dunno, five lousy kids songs in a row at some point. L.K.: We are going to get 10 “Fingertips”/McSweeney’s songs, followed by “Ten Mississippi”. A.S.: We’ve had a disproportionately large number of really … Continue reading

#48 – “Doctor Worm” (1998)

Severe Tire Damage

L.K.: I might be wrong here, but I think this is the first TMBG song that I heard when it was new. Severe Tire Damage was my first album, after all. A.S.: I feel like I heard it on Kablam or something around the time that first aired, so I’d be inclined to agree with you, just in a different … Continue reading

#47 – “The Devil Went Down To Newport (Totally Rocking)” (Mono Puff; 1996)


A.S.: GO GO SATAN GO! L.K.: Ladies and gentlemen… do you remember an era? An era before the Flansbeard was a thing? When there was just… this terrifying video?  And yeah, this is such a special song just because you get so few chances to chant “Go, go, Satan go” during your lifetime. This is a cover, but I’ve … Continue reading

#46 – “Budnitz #1” (2001)

They Might Be Giants vs. McSweeney's

L.K.: There’s so little to even say about this song since it’s so short and it’s an instrumental, but for a tiny little instrumental, I really enjoy it. Or at least I enjoy the first, faster part of it. A.S.: Yeah, it’s just this cool little surf/spy thing. L.K.: It’s also known as “Be Kind And Gentle”. Both … Continue reading

#45 – “Cyclops Rock” (2001)

Mink Car

A.S.: Happy Presidents’ Day! L.K.: We didn’t get a presidential song today, but uh… it has a president in it. Sometimes. A.S.: It’s always better with a president in it. L.K.: Sometimes it has an evil doll, but sometimes it’s Richard Nixon. A.S.: Well, the evil doll’s in it all the time, I just like it when Chucky gives some … Continue reading

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