History Music / TheyMightBeGiants

26th Apr '17 12:12:54 PM xcountryguy
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A band founded in 1982 by John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Initially became famous as a part of a wave of AlternativeRock bands to find successbetween the 1988 creation of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and the Grunge explosion of 1991-1992; other like-minded bands that became successful during this time include Music/ThePixies, Music/{{XTC}}, Music/MidnightOil and The Church.

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A band founded in 1982 by John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Initially became famous as a part of a wave of AlternativeRock bands to find successbetween success between the 1988 creation of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and the Grunge explosion of 1991-1992; other like-minded bands that became successful during this time include Music/ThePixies, Music/{{XTC}}, Music/MidnightOil and The Church.



* ChessWithDeath: Played with in the music video for "I'll Be Haunting You". A man falls off a building and finds himself face-to-face with Death, who challenges him to a game of...ping-pong. [[spoiler: He wins, is restored to life, and then immediately dies ''again'']], at which point Death goes back to the more traditional chess game.

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* ChessWithDeath: Played with in the music video for "I'll Be Haunting You". A man falls off a building and finds himself face-to-face with Death, who challenges him to a game of... ping-pong. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He wins, is restored to life, and then immediately dies ''again'']], at which point Death goes back to the more traditional chess game.
26th Apr '17 9:32:19 AM Desdinova777
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* AwfulTruth: This is common theme for the band, which along with the common LyricalDissonance that TMBG employs, gives them a darkly comedic style.

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* AwfulTruth: This is common theme for the band, which along with the common LyricalDissonance that TMBG often employs, gives them a [[BlackComedy darkly comedic comedic]] style. This might help explain their intergenerational appeal, as kids who cut their teeth with the band's childrens' music can easily find deeper and more complex material in TMBG's adult catalogue.
26th Apr '17 8:37:11 AM Desdinova777
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* AwfulTruth:

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* AwfulTruth:AwfulTruth: This is common theme for the band, which along with the common LyricalDissonance that TMBG employs, gives them a darkly comedic style.
26th Apr '17 8:23:26 AM Desdinova777
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* AwfulTruth: "Sometimes A Lonely Way," "Answer"

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* AwfulTruth: AwfulTruth:
** "Answer"
---> It may take an ocean of whiskey and time
---> To wash all of the letdown out of your mind
---> And this may not be the item you selected but I
---> Am the answer to all your prayers
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"Sometimes A Lonely Way," "Answer"Way"
---> We can see it now, the scratches
---> On the back of the door
---> We can see it now, no mistaking
---> What you're better for
26th Apr '17 8:14:54 AM Desdinova777
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** "The World's Address"
---> I know you deceived me, couldn't sleep last night
---> Now my tear stains on the wall reflect an ugly sight
---> I can see your secrets
---> No need to confess
---> Everyone looks naked when you know the world's address
25th Mar '17 2:09:15 AM Az_Tech341
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A band founded in 1982 by John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Initially became famous as a part of a wave of AlternativeRock bands to find success between the 1988 creation of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and the Grunge explosion of 1991-1992; other likeminded bands that became successful during this time include Music/ThePixies, Music/{{XTC}}, Music/MidnightOil and The Church.

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A band founded in 1982 by John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Initially became famous as a part of a wave of AlternativeRock bands to find success between successbetween the 1988 creation of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and the Grunge explosion of 1991-1992; other likeminded like-minded bands that became successful during this time include Music/ThePixies, Music/{{XTC}}, Music/MidnightOil and The Church.
25th Mar '17 1:58:07 AM Az_Tech341
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** ''cephalophore'', from "You Probably Get That a Lot". A saint martyred by beheading, thus depicted as carrying their own head.
** ''cloisonné'', from "Cloisonné". Artwork where colored glass is melted within non-glass borders.
** ''countrecoup'', from "Contrecoup". A brain injury caused by collision between the brain and the side of the skull opposite the initial blow. The song is a metaphor for OnTheRebound, and it also spouts ''phrenology'' (analysis of the psyche from the shape of a skull), ''craniosophic'' (learned in the ways of the cranium), and ''limerent'' (infatuated)
** ''métier'', from "Never Knew Love". Synonym of "vocation" or "forte".

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** ''cephalophore'', ''Cephalophore'', from "You Probably Get That a Lot". A saint martyred by beheading, thus depicted as carrying their own head.
** ''cloisonné'', ''Cloisonné'', from "Cloisonné". Artwork where colored glass is melted within non-glass borders.
** ''countrecoup'', ''Countrecoup'', from "Contrecoup". A brain injury caused by collision between the brain and the side of the skull opposite the initial blow. The song is a metaphor for OnTheRebound, and it also spouts ''phrenology'' (analysis of the psyche from the shape of a skull), ''craniosophic'' (learned in the ways of the cranium), and ''limerent'' (infatuated)
** ''métier'', ''Métier'', from "Never Knew Love". Synonym of "vocation" or "forte".



** ''obsequious'', from "Turn Around". It means "[[TheGrovel groveling]]".
** ''omniverse'', from "One Everything". As a synonym of ''multiverse'', it means "all that could ever be in all dimensions", and it gets serious bonus points for appearing in one of their [[ViewersAreGeniuses children's songs]]. ("We share the same omniverse. Please clean your room. We share the same omniverse.")
** ''savoir-faire'', from "Extra Savoir-Faire". It means "social grace even in adversity".
** ''sophomore'', from "Dirt Bike". This is actually a very common word in U.S. English, but see DoubleMeaning.

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** ''obsequious'', ''Obsequious'', from "Turn Around". It means "[[TheGrovel groveling]]".
** ''omniverse'', ''Omniverse'', from "One Everything". As a synonym of ''multiverse'', it means "all that could ever be in all dimensions", and it gets serious bonus points for appearing in one of their [[ViewersAreGeniuses children's songs]]. ("We share the same omniverse. Please clean your room. We share the same omniverse.")
** ''savoir-faire'', ''Savoir-faire'', from "Extra Savoir-Faire". It means "social grace even in adversity".
** ''sophomore'', ''Sophomore'', from "Dirt Bike". This is actually a very common word in U.S. English, but see DoubleMeaning.



** The song "Money for Dope" almost doesn't count, since it is a PatterSong with no particular theme: The words are essentially random. Nevertheless, "banjolin" (a banjo-mandolin hybrid) is probably unique.

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** The song "Money for Dope" almost doesn't count, since it is a PatterSong with no particular theme: The the words are essentially random. Nevertheless, "banjolin" (a banjo-mandolin hybrid) is probably unique.
25th Mar '17 1:43:51 AM TheNicestGuy
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* OnTheRebound: This is explicitly the subtext (if there is such a thing) of the song "Contrecoup", which discusses the trope in terms of a brain injury resulting from the brain hitting the far side of the brainpan.
25th Mar '17 12:51:58 AM TheNicestGuy
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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Fans enjoy spotting words in TMBG lyrics that have probably not been used in any other song, ever, genre-be-damned. Sometimes the listener is forced to reach for a dictionary. For instance:
** ''cephalophore'', from "You Probably Get That a Lot". A saint martyred by beheading, thus depicted as carrying their own head.
** ''cloisonné'', from "Cloisonné". Artwork where colored glass is melted within non-glass borders.
** ''countrecoup'', from "Contrecoup". A brain injury caused by collision between the brain and the side of the skull opposite the initial blow. The song is a metaphor for OnTheRebound, and it also spouts ''phrenology'' (analysis of the psyche from the shape of a skull), ''craniosophic'' (learned in the ways of the cranium), and ''limerent'' (infatuated)
** ''métier'', from "Never Knew Love". Synonym of "vocation" or "forte".
** ''Mohenjo-daran'', from "The Mesopotamians". Mohenjo-daro is an archeological site in the Indian sub-continenent that yields results rivaling those from Mesopotamia in age.
** ''obsequious'', from "Turn Around". It means "[[TheGrovel groveling]]".
** ''omniverse'', from "One Everything". As a synonym of ''multiverse'', it means "all that could ever be in all dimensions", and it gets serious bonus points for appearing in one of their [[ViewersAreGeniuses children's songs]]. ("We share the same omniverse. Please clean your room. We share the same omniverse.")
** ''savoir-faire'', from "Extra Savoir-Faire". It means "social grace even in adversity".
** ''sophomore'', from "Dirt Bike". This is actually a very common word in U.S. English, but see DoubleMeaning.
** "Three Might Be Duende" swings for the bleachers. Framed as a PuttingTheBandBackTogether story, it trots out ''apocryphal'' (of doubtful authenticity), ''espadrille'' (a light, flat-heeled shoe), ''martinet'' (a military disciplinarian), and ''duende'' itself, an Iberian "goblin".
** The song "Money for Dope" almost doesn't count, since it is a PatterSong with no particular theme: The words are essentially random. Nevertheless, "banjolin" (a banjo-mandolin hybrid) is probably unique.
24th Mar '17 11:56:31 PM TheNicestGuy
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* RoundRobin: The song "Exquisite Dead Guy" probably alludes to the Round Robin pastime that is known as Exquisite Corpse.
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