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John Flansburgh's estranged brother, who was born Earl Flansburgh but later became known as Paxus Calta, has stated that several of TMBG's older songs are about him, which John denies. However, John did admit that this song is, in fact, about his brother. (thanks, Beau - Phoenix, AZ)
This is the theme song to the TV show Malcolm In The Middle, and was recorded specifically for the show. A full-length version that runs about 3 minutes is on the soundtrack to the TV show.
Malcolm In The Middle uses other They Might Be Giants songs in the show from time to time. A running joke on the show was that Malcolm's dad likes terrible music from the '70s.
This won the 2001 Grammy for Best Song Written For a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media.
Artis the Spoonman
Even before Soundgarden wrote a song about him, Artis was the most famous spoon player of all time. So why has he always been broke?
One of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
When he was asked to write a song for the Singles
soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.