They Might Be Giants

1982-
John Flansburgh
John Linnell
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  • They Might Be Giants' name is derived from a movie from 1971 starring George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward, but according to the group, the name is of no greater significance.
  • The "two Johns" as they are often called, met in high school in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where they worked together in the school's newspaper, but didn't form the band until after they went to (different) college.
  • Early in the band's career there was a point when they couldn't perform live because Flansburgh had equipment stolen and Linnell broke his wrist. To compensate, they played tapes with various home recorded songs on their answering machine and promoted it as "Dial-A-Song." This service can still be reached today at (718) 387-6962.
  • TMBG created and performed numerous songs and themes for various TV shows or films, such as "Boss Of Me" for the show Malcolm In The Middle, the theme and all the incidental music for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the song "Doctor Evil" that opens and closes Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. They have also written and performed theme songs for The Oblongs, Higglytown Heroes, Resident Life, and ABC's Nightline Primetime, as well as songs for The Simpsons, Home Movies, Dexter's Laboratory, Disney's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
  • They have created 2 CDs of children's music: No! and Here Come the ABCs, and a children's book and CD set entitled Bed, Bed, Bed. Both albums were released to critical praise and reached #1 on Billboard's Children's Music charts. Here Come the ABCs won Parenting Magazine's Children's DVD of the Year Award and two National Parenting Publications Awards (NAAPA). >>
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    Martin - Rostock, Germany, for all above
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  • Josh from Tucson, Azthis band is sweet and the oblongs theme is great.
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