#118 – “Sally Boy Candy Bar” (1983)

TMBG Unlimited - July

A.S.: AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH L.K.: This fucking song. A.S.: SKJVN;SZKNBSZFG LBNFGH’N EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE L.K.: We should’ve done this yesterday when I had my capslocking excitement! It’s worn off since then! A.S.: I’m trying to recapture the excitement of seeing this pop up in the shuffle. L.K.: I can’t feign keyboard-smashes… Go copy and paste whatever I did yesterday. A.S.: Sorry I was busy watching Mon Oncle at My Mind’s Eye and … 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

#105 – “WMOB ID” (Robin “Goldie” Goldwasser; 2001)

TMBG Unlimited - October

A.S.: Well this isn’t exactly what I was thinking when I said, “I hope we start getting songs we really like again.” L.K.: Big hits every day, here on They Might Be Giants Song A Day!  “Big”. “Hits”. So uh, this is less than 10 seconds long. Not really sure what to say, other than subject matter-wise, it … Continue reading

#93 – “Something You’d Like To See” (Little Lisa Whitman; 2001)

TMBG Unlimited - October

L.K.: One of everyone’s least favorite songs! Okay no, it’s not that it’s really awful, it’s just… very modern Broadway. A.S.: And for what it’s emulating, it does a fantastic job at it. I guess people just don’t like that sort of thing. L.K.: For most rock fans there’s a very sort of knee-jerk reaction against musical theatery stuff. Not just … 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

#75 – “Theme From Unlimited” (2001)

TMBG Unlimited - March

L.K.: Oh I need to re-listen to this, not sure if I know what it is… A.S.: Yeah, I can’t remember this one off-hand either. L.K.: What is the deal with TMBG and weird instrumental theme songs? A.S.: I have no idea, but yeah I guess it is pretty common… “Severe Tire Damage” for one. L.K.: That one was like … Continue reading

#62 – “Kids Are Different Now!” (Spool 409; 2000)

TMBG Unlimited - October

L.K.: We’re really getting a lot of these Battle of the Bands tracks the past few weeks, it seems… A.S.: Just two, right, including this one? L.K.: Maybe I’m just getting confused because we were discussing the project with regards to other, unrelated songs. A.S.: This is one of the songs recycled for the project; it’s gone under three … Continue reading

#61 – “Somebody Took My Eyeball” (2001)

TMBG Unlimited - May

A.S.: Well, isn’t this interesting.  I was under the impression that this was a completely improvised one-off, some weird thing done once at a concert and never done again, but I guess it was a semi-regular part of setlists between late 1998 and early 1999. I’m also just learning that was the prelude to “Ana Ng” for … Continue reading

#44 – “Chaos By Design” (Colorwheel; 2001)

TMBG Unlimited - September

A.S.: This is one of the Battle of the Bands tracks from the latter half of TMBG Unlimited. L.K.: Oh yeah, I remember… not being entirely sure what band/style this was supposed to be parodying. A.S.: I had no idea either, honestly. “The scoop on Colorwheel: Lisa and Liza are the ladies behind the mic and the computer screen, … Continue reading

#36 – “7-11” (1983?)

TMBG Unlimited - July

L.K.: I wish we knew exactly how old this song is, because it sounds like their other very very early stuff. A.S.: I suspect it’s from the infamous 1983 demo that the Johns have been pretty secretive about. L.K.: Even if it wasn’t on the demo itself, it at least sounds like it was recorded at around the … Continue reading

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