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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.
Joe talks about the challenges of of making a Duke Ellington tribute album, and tells the stories behind some of his hits.
When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up
sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.
Gary Louris of The Jayhawks
The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.
As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.