They Might Be Giants

Mostly Credited As: They Might Be Giants
Sometimes Credited As: TMBG

Date Of Birth: 1982
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York

They Might Be Giants

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They met in Junior High School when they both worked on the school newspaper. Linnell was an editor of "the only high school newspaper without a sports section" and he became friends with Flansburgh through their work on the paper. They each went their separate way for a while after high school. Flansburgh went to art school in NY for a year, but eventually left to pursue music. Linnell spent some time around the Providence, RI area playing with a group called the Mundanes. The Mundanes were fairly successful locally and released a 7" album.

Eventually, however, Linnell moved to Brooklyn to pursue bigger opportunities. It was here in Brooklyn in 1981 where John and John met up again. They had been interested in making music from their childhood days in Massachusetts, and now that they were both living in NY they decided to pursue a career in music. Their first performance together was in the summer of 1982 at a Sandinista rally in Central Park where they were introduced as "El Grupo de Rock 'n' Roll." Six months later they performed their second show under the name "They Might Be Giants" at a club called Dr. B's in Soho. Linnell played a Farfisa organ and Flansburgh played electric guitar. They used a taped rhythm track as backup. Despite a heavy snowstorm, 23 of their friends showed up and the show was a big success. The continued to grow using a song service called Dial-A-Song to get their songs out. The band has an extremely unique sound, which others have tried and failed to copy. The band's lyrics are unusual as well, incorporating some very sophisticated allusions and imagery. To understand what we are talking about, you really need to hear some of Their music.

TMBG are John Linnell (accordion, keyboards, woodwinds, vocals) and John Flansburgh (guitar, vocals). The instrumentation of the band has been evolving since the release of the first album back in 1986. Originally (and through the Flood tour in 1990) the band toured as just John and John backed with synthesizers and tapes. Then, during the Apollo 18 tour, the band started adding talent such as J. D. Feinberg (drums) and Kurt Hoffman (horns, keyboards) to live tours. When John Henry was released, John and John used Brian Doherty (drums) and Tony Maimone (bass), among others, in the recording sessions as well as tours. On Factory Showroom, the band consists of John and John plus Brian, Graham Maby (bass), and Eric Schermerhorn (lead guitar). Subsequest concerts no longer include Eric or Brian, but add Dan Hickey on drums. Fans wait with bated breath to find out what will happen to that distinctive sound next.

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009) 
  Paul Walker, Joss Whedon, They Might Be Giants 05x88: (May/24/2013) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

Conan (2010) 
  We Need the Funk, If It's Not Too Much Trouble Would Like to Have That Funk. 02x40: (Jan/26/2012) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Sarah Jessica Parker, Aries Spears, They Might Be Giants 15x86: (Apr/10/2008) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]
  Jason Sudeikis, Janeane Garofalo, They Might Be Giants 14x166: (Jul/13/2007) As Themselves 
  Alan Cumming, Gavin Rossdale, They Might Be Giants 12x79: (Feb/15/2005) As Themselves 
  Darrell Hammond, Blanchard Ryan, They Might Be Giants 11x157: (Aug/13/2004) As Themselves 

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  John Larroquette, They Might Be Giants 03x170: (Oct/18/2007) As Themselves 
  Lt. Col Kevin Robbins, They Might Be Giants 03x166: (Oct/12/2007) As Themselves 

Blue's Clues (1996) 
  Bluestock 06x09: (May/10/2004) As Themselves 

Home Movies (1999) 
  Camp 04x02: (Jan/11/2004) Voiced  Crywalker, Gary, Feathernest (Flansburgh); and Mike, Crywalker (Linnell) 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  They Might Be Giants 06x106: (Sep/10/2001) As Themselves, [Interviewees]

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999) 
  2/8/2001 03x09: (Feb/08/2001) As Musical Guest 

Tiny Toon Adventures (1990) 
  Tiny Toon Music Television 01x51: (Feb/01/1991) Voiced  Themselves 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Higglytown Heroes (2004)• Music
Malcolm in the Middle (2000)• Theme Song Written And Performed By
• Score (S01)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996)• Music
The Oblongs (2001)• Theme By

Episode Crew

Featured Songs

Pushing Daisies Songs:
Pigeon + Birdhouse in Your Soul 
Private Practice Songs:
A Death in the Family + Birdhouse In Your Soul 
Bored to Death Songs:
Make It Quick, Fitzgerald! + Birdhouse In Your Soul 
Malcolm in the Middle Songs:
Pilot + Boss of Me 
Kablam! Songs:
Going The Extra Mile + Doctor Worm 
AL-TV Songs:
Off the Deep End + The Statue Got Me High 
Even Worse + Don't Lets Start 
Polka Party! + Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head 
Tiny Toon Adventures Songs:
Tiny Toon Music Television + Istanbul, not Constantinople
+ Particle Man 
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Created the song "The Sun Song."

Their song "Boss of me" is the theme song of the popular sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle".

The name of the bands comes from a movie called "They Might Be Giants", starring George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward.

Sings the theme song for "Higglytown Heroes"

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