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

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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

#50 – “Tryptophan” (Mono Puff; 1995)

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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

#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

#37 – “Imaginary Friend” (Mono Puff; 1998)

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L.K.: This is another one of those funky Mono Puff things that I tend to get confused with other Mono Puff things. A.S.: I suppose, although a lot of those aren’t traditionally structured pop songs like this one is. So that sets this one apart from some of the others. L.K.: I feel like this narrator is particularly unreliable and … Continue reading

#24 – “Creepy” (Mono Puff; 1998)

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A.S.: This song is called “Creepy”! L.K.: More Mono Puff, oh boy. A.S.: I was unaware there was a music video for this song until now. [One minute later]  Oh wait, it’s not actually a video, it’s just something Flans made. L.K.: Yeah, there is only one Mono Puff song that has an actual video. The rest are ridiculous … Continue reading

#22 – “Oddball” (Mono Puff; 1996)

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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

#21 – “Extra Krispy” (Mono Puff; 1998)

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L.K.: Our first Mono Puff song! First song from either man’s side-projects, actually, and this is a great song to illustrate the sort of things you could do with a side-project that wouldn’t really fit in with the rest of They Might Be Giants’ musical output. A.S.: Well, it’s not as if TMBG’s output really concedes to … Continue reading

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