Known for its catchy songs, surreal lyrics and over-the-top humor, They Might Be Giants is the brainchild of rock duo John Flansburgh and John Linnell. The name of the band derives from a 1971 movie starring George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward, which itself is a reference to Don Quixote's obsession with windmills. They Might Be Giants specializes in alternative rock, indie rock and children's music. The band is also known for creating the prank phone line Dial-A-Song, and it has released on a series of albums.
Tilting at Windmills
They Might Be Giants formed in 1981 from the collaboration of childhood friends Flansburgh and Linnell, who spent the early part of their careers performing in small venues around New York City. After shopping around a demo tape, the band signed with Bar/None Records, which resulted in a self-titled debut album in 1986. Though mostly an underground success, the band's sophomore album, Lincoln, was the first to enter the top 100 mainstream chart, and the single "Ana Ng" reached No. 11 on the alternative rock chart. After switching to the major label Elektra, They Might Be Giants released Flood, which sold more than a million copies in the US. The singles "Birdhouse in Your Soul" and "Twisting" reached No. 3 and No. 22 on the US Alternative chart, respectively. However, the two most enduring songs from the album turned out to be the non-single "Particle Man" and a cover of the 1953 song "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)." Both songs were featured in a music video from the animated cartoon series Tiny Toon Adventures. They Might Be Giants hired a supporting band for its 1994 album, John Henry, which went in a more guitar-heavy direction. Starting in 2002, They Might Be Giants released a series of children's albums, including No!, Here Come the ABCs, Here Come the 123s, which won a Grammy Award for Best Music Album for Children, and Here Comes the Science, which received another nomination in the same category. On the festival circuit, the band has performed at Nerdapalooza in Orlando, the Luminato Festival in Toronto and the SummerStage in Central Park.
Where can I buy They Might Be Giants tickets?
Whenever They Might Be Giants tours, you can purchase tickets to the event at the worldwide vendor StubHub.
Is the band touring in 2019?
They Might Be Giants wrapped up its most recent world tour in March 2019, during which it visited Australia, Canada, the United States and Europe. However, it will make a few limited stops throughout the remainder of the year.
Where will They Might Be Giants tour?
They Might Be Giants is making appearances at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., and Pier 17 in New York City.
What is the band's tour setlist like?
They Might Be Giants plays a selection of its popular songs, including "The Communists Have Music," "Ana Ng," "I Left My Body," "The Famous Polka," "Authenticity Trip," "Cowtown," "Let's Get This Over With," "Put your Hand Inside the Puppet Head," "Trouble Awful Devil Evil," "Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes," "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)," "I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die," "I Like Fun," "Shoehorn With Teeth," "Let Me Tell You About My Operation," "Don't Let's Start," "Mrs. Bluebeard," "Hide Away Folk Family," "Where Your Eyes Don't Go," "Birdhouse in Your Soul," "She's an Angel," "Particle Man" and more.
Who are the members of They Might be Giants?
Apart from the two original members, John Flansburgh and John Linnell, the band consists of guitar and keyboard player Dan Miller, bass guitarist Danny Weinkauf and drummer Marty Beller.
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