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Album Review

They Might Be Giants' eponymous debut album is a wild fusion of new wave pop and arty post-punk experiments borrowed from the New York underground. It runs through a head-spinning 19 songs in just over 45 minutes, running the gamut from the performance-art schtick of "Chess Piece Face" and "Youth Culture Killed My Dog" to the pure pop of "Don't Let's Start" and "Everything Right Is Wrong Again." While there are a lot of geeky jokes and barely developed ideas scattered throughout the album, the sheer kaleidoscopic array of styles is intoxicating, and it helps the best songs — the Costello-esque "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head," the sighing "Hide Away Folk Family," the stomping "(She Was A) Hotel Detective," and the gorgeous "She's an Angel" — stand out in sharp relief.

Customer Reviews

Wrong write-up

The official write-up is of the album 'They Might Be Giants' whereas the music is actually an EP taking four tracks from the album 'Flood' plus the song 'New York City'. The eponymous album itself is not available on iTunes. :-(

A Good Wee Collection

Even the other existing reviewer got this one wrong. Okay it's not the debut album and doesn't have 19 tracks. It's a collection of 5 song taken from 3 albums- Flood, Apollo 18 and Factory Showroom. All songs here ,for me, rate a 4 or 5 from 5. They stand alone as good songs to come on during a shuffle and are a useful though not definitive preview of how the band sounds. Well worth the asking price.


Formed: 1983 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining a knack for infectious melodies with a quirky sense of humor and a vaguely avant-garde aesthetic borrowed from the New York post-punk underground, They Might Be Giants became an unlikely alternative rock success story as they reinvented themselves throughout their career. Musically, John Flansburgh and John Linnell borrowed from everywhere, but this eclecticism was enhanced by their arcane sensibilities. The duo referenced everything from British Invasion to Tin Pan Alley, while making...
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