They Might Be Giants – They Might Be Giants

ARTIST: They Might Be Giants 220px-pinkalbum

TITLE:  They Might Be Giants

YEAR RELEASED: 1986

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Don’t Let’s Start, (She Was A) Hotel Detective

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW:  Not from the radio

LINEUP:  John Flansburgh, John Linnell

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album from whimsical duo shows their range and quirky sense of humor. 

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: For a couple of years, the two Johns of They Might Be Giants recorded demos on off-hours at a studio, then when they were signed re-mixed and / or re-recorded most of those songs and came up with this album.

It was a revelation for those who don’t mind a bit of whimsy, and a bit of genre parody.

Utilizing accordions, cheap synthesizers, guitars, bass and other instruments, the duo put together 19 short-ish songs that covered any subject that seemed to come to mind. Filled with pop culture and references from their youth, all of the songs have a joy and brightness that to this day still fills you with smiles.

If silly isn’t your thing, don’t bother. But everyone needs to laugh once in a while.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was the second album released on Bar None records.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, an entire bonus disk of material for their Australian audience.

GRADE: A: Laugh, would you?

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