#117 – “O Tannenbaum” (1993)

O Tannenbaum 7"

L.K.: God, my iPod loves having this come up on shuffle. A.S.: Really? I guess your iPod wants every day to be Christmas for you. L.K.: Oh yeah, or at least it did until I had to erase all the music from it. It isn’t even a particularly good version of this song though, although it is in fractured phonetic … Continue reading

#106 – “Indiana Wants Me” (198?)

TMBG Unlimited - July

A.S.: So here’s another song that isn’t quite TMBG but was released by TMBG. L.K.: It’s from a pre-TMBG band John Flansburgh was in. I don’t know if they recorded any other songs or if this was their only recording. A.S.: This song features members of The Turtlenecks, the band Flansburgh was in that not only immediately predated … Continue reading

#87 – “All Things Considered” (Mono Puff) (2001)

TMBG Unlimited - October

L.K.: The TMBG-NPR connection continues. A.S.: With a funky Mono Puff cover of the All Things Considered theme, which is also as far as I know, the last released Mono Puff recording. L.K.: Yeah, although the fact that this was released at all is kind of weird. Mono Puff was on All Things Considered at least twice; in 1996 … Continue reading

#86 – “Free To Be You And Me” (2006)

Misc

[audio http://www.tmbg.com/_media/_pod/TMBGPodcast6A.mp3] [“Free To Be You And Me” starts at 4 minutes, 24 seconds into podcast.] L.K.: I know TMBG has done a lot of covers, but I feel like we are getting a disproportionately large number of them relative to originals. A.S.: I dunno, we haven’t had any in a while. L.K.: “Dog On Fire”? A.S.: Oh yeah. Well. They … Continue reading

#77 – “Dog On Fire” (1999)

Misc

[audio http://www.tmbg.com/_media/_pod/TMBGPodcast47.mp3] [“Dog On Fire” found 4 minutes, 52 seconds into podcast.] L.K.: I believe there are at least two They Might Be Giants recordings of this song… A.S.: Are there? L.K.: Yeah–anybody who has been watching The Daily Show long enough has probably noticed that on the rare occasions that they play the full version of this song … Continue reading

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

Unsupervised

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

#38 – “I Enjoy Being A Boy” (2005)

Misc

[audio http://www.tmbg.com/mp3/IEnjoyBeingABoy.mp3] A.S.: Weirdly enough, I downloaded a Banana Splits compilation not all that long ago but have yet to listen to it in full.  I think I’ll give it a listen while we discuss this song. L.K.: Aren’t the Banana Splits like a children’s band or something? Or am I completely off base there? A.S.: No, you’re completely correct. … Continue reading

#29 – “What Is A Shooting Star?” (2001)

TMBG Unlimited - April

L.K.: Thanks to this song, we know that it is not a star at all. A.S.: It’s just a meteor heading for a fall. This song has a somewhat interesting history, given that it’s probably most often heard as part of Here Comes Science but was recorded and first released much earlier. L.K.: And it’s from the same compilation of space-related … Continue reading

#23 – “I Hear A New World” (2004)

Cast Your Pod To The Wind

L.K.: I knew this was a theme song, but didn’t realize this was a cover. A.S. had it the other way around. A.S.: Yep, I knew this was a cover but I had no idea it was anything’s theme song. L.K.: Shame Flans’s radio show only lasted, what, two episodes? Not like he has the time to run a … Continue reading

#22 – “Oddball” (Mono Puff; 1996)

The Devil Went Down To Newport EP

L.K.: This is basically the straightest cover to ever… be a straight cover. A.S.: Right down to the vocal inflections. L.K.: Flans even mimes Frank Black’s HEY HOW DID YOU KNOW I WAS GONNA SAY THAT. But yeah, it’s just that obvious. I think even Flans realized Mono Puff did a disproportionately large number of covers, which is probably why … Continue reading

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