A cheesy organ, nasal lead vocals. Nothing has changed for They Might Be Giants, The Brooklyn duo serve another helping of catchy tunes that will appeal to anyone with a sense of rhythm and a sense of humor. John Flansburgh and John Linnell have mastered the art of short slightly geeky pop songs. With their sound grounded in the Eighties they've found themselves to be fashionable again.
Most of the tracks on their new album Joins Us run under three minutes which gives them plenty of time to tell a short story with several layers. Leave it to TMBG to compare a girl with the Vietnamese war or discuss the final pages of a book in Spoiler Alert.
There are 18 songs on Join Us and although there are no fillers it will be challenge for listeners with a short attention span. Nowadays EPs are back in demand and they are well aware of that when they released a digital four advance tracks EP as a forerunner.
They Might Be Giants:
John Linnell: lead vocals, backup vocals, keyboards, bass clarinet
John Flansburgh: lead vocals, backup vocals, guitar, programming
Dan Miller: lead guitar
Danny Weinkauf: bass
Marty Beller: drums
Stan Harrison: saxophone on Cloisonné
Join Us is released on Idlewild/Rounder. Release date: July 19.Tracks:
- Can't Keep Johnny Down
- You Probably Get That a Lot
- Old Pine Box
- Let Your Hair Hang Down
- In Fact
- When Will You Die
- Judy is Your Viet Nam
- Never Knew Love
- The Lady and the Tiger
- Spoiler Alert
- Dog Walker
- Three Might Be Duende
- You Don't Like Me
Make a video for "Can't Keep Johnny Down"
Have a cat? And feel creative?
YouTube is good for a lot of things--especially cat videos. They Might be Giants have a different kind of video in mind. We are having a contest for our song “Can't Keep Johnny Down”.
TMBG is inviting creative visual people to make a stylish, smart rock video for the song. It can be live action, motion graphics, animation, stop motion. It can be people jumping around in capes, but they should be very stylish people in very stylish capes or you will not win the contest.
Videos are to be uploaded to YouTube and posted on the official TMBG Facebook page. All videos linked there will be voted on by the Facebook friends of TMBG, but the winner will be judged by Judge John Hodgman and Hodgman alone. Submission deadline is July 15th.
Winner will receive $1000 bucks and a pizza from the pizzeria of their choice. The video will be posted on tmbg's you tube channel as well as posted on TMBG’s podcast -- so lots of people will celebrate your efforts.
Select runners up will also receive the pizza of their choice.