History YMMV / TheyMightBeGiants

11th Jul '16 3:34:48 PM cartoonfan945
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** "Walking My Cat Named Dog" from "Why?" is a cover of the 1966 song by Norma Tanega.
12th May '16 11:38:41 PM InTheGallbladder
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* ParanoiaFuel: "Hide Away Folk Family", "Where Your Eyes Don't Go", "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair", "It's Not My Birthday", "Hall Of Heads", "A Self Called Nowhere", "The Bells Are Ringing", "Rat Patrol", "Older", "Ant", "Bastard Wants To Hit Me", "I'm Impressed", "Can't Keep Johnny Down", "Black Ops," "Aaa", "I Am Alone"... That's a song off of each (non-children's) studio album (and at least one compilation). Yeah, it's one of the band's favorite tropes, and at least half of those have serious LyricalDissonance. "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair" is downright ''upbeat''.

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* ParanoiaFuel: "Hide Away Folk Family", "Where Your Eyes Don't Go", "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair", "It's Not My Birthday", "Hall Of Heads", "A Self Called Nowhere", "The Bells Are Ringing", "Rat Patrol", "Older", "Ant", "Bastard Wants To Hit Me", "I'm Impressed", "Can't Keep Johnny Down", "Black Ops," "Aaa", "I Am Alone"..."What Did I Do To You?"... That's a song off of each (non-children's) studio album (and at least one compilation). Yeah, it's one of the band's favorite tropes, and at least half of those have serious LyricalDissonance. "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair" is downright ''upbeat''.
24th Mar '16 4:23:52 AM Andyroid
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* ParanoiaFuel: "Hide Away Folk Family", "Where Your Eyes Don't Go", "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair", "It's Not My Birthday", "Hall Of Heads", "A Self Called Nowhere", "The Bells Are Ringing", "Rat Patrol", "Older", "Ant", "Bastard Wants To Hit Me", "I'm Impressed", "Can't Keep Johnny Down", "Black Ops," "Aaa"... That's a song off of each (non-children's) studio album (and at least one compilation). Yeah, it's one of the band's favorite tropes, and at least half of those have serious LyricalDissonance. "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair" is downright ''upbeat''.

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* ParanoiaFuel: "Hide Away Folk Family", "Where Your Eyes Don't Go", "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair", "It's Not My Birthday", "Hall Of Heads", "A Self Called Nowhere", "The Bells Are Ringing", "Rat Patrol", "Older", "Ant", "Bastard Wants To Hit Me", "I'm Impressed", "Can't Keep Johnny Down", "Black Ops," "Aaa"..."Aaa", "I Am Alone"... That's a song off of each (non-children's) studio album (and at least one compilation). Yeah, it's one of the band's favorite tropes, and at least half of those have serious LyricalDissonance. "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair" is downright ''upbeat''.
7th Mar '16 2:44:38 PM Ezclee4050
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** The cover photo for ''[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c0/TheyMightBeGiants-JohnHenry.jpg John Henry]]'' is a wonderfully dark parody of the cover photo for ''[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9a/..._Baby_One_More_Time_(album).png ...Baby One More Time]]'' by Music/BritneySpears, except ''John Henry'' came out 4 years ''earlier''.
29th Sep '15 12:52:33 PM ThornBrain
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* PeripheryDemographic: The band were popular with kids since their early days, even when they were playing ostensibly "adult" Rock music. Come the TurnOfTheMillenium and their album ''No!'', they started making music specifically for kids and families.

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* PeripheryDemographic: The band were popular with kids since their early days, even when they were playing ostensibly "adult" Rock music. Come the TurnOfTheMillenium TurnOfTheMillennium and their album ''No!'', they started making music specifically for kids and families.
29th Sep '15 12:51:23 PM ThornBrain
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* HilariousInHindsight - Cartoonist Mark Marek did the animation for the "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" music video in 1990. Nine years later, the videos for "Doctor Worm" and "Why Does The Sun Shine" aired as part of the final season of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', which Marek worked on (he made the Henry and June wraparound segments). He later did the animation for "Underwater Woman" in 2015.

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* HilariousInHindsight - HilariousInHindsight: Cartoonist Mark Marek did the animation for the "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" music video in 1990. Nine years later, the videos for "Doctor Worm" and "Why Does The Sun Shine" aired as part of the final season of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', which Marek worked on (he made the Henry and June wraparound segments). He later did the animation for "Underwater Woman" in 2015.



* ParanoiaFuel:
** "Hide Away Folk Family", "Where Your Eyes Don't Go", "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair", "It's Not My Birthday", "Hall Of Heads", "A Self Called Nowhere", "The Bells Are Ringing", "Rat Patrol", "Older", "Ant", "Bastard Wants To Hit Me", "I'm Impressed", "Can't Keep Johnny Down", "Black Ops," "Aaa"...
** In case you're wondering, that's a song off of each (non-children's) studio album (and at least one compilation). Yeah, it's one of the band's favorite tropes. And at least half of those have serious LyricalDissonance. "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair" is downright ''upbeat''.

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* ParanoiaFuel:
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ParanoiaFuel: "Hide Away Folk Family", "Where Your Eyes Don't Go", "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair", "It's Not My Birthday", "Hall Of Heads", "A Self Called Nowhere", "The Bells Are Ringing", "Rat Patrol", "Older", "Ant", "Bastard Wants To Hit Me", "I'm Impressed", "Can't Keep Johnny Down", "Black Ops," "Aaa"...
** In case you're wondering, that's
"Aaa"... That's a song off of each (non-children's) studio album (and at least one compilation). Yeah, it's one of the band's favorite tropes. And tropes, and at least half of those have serious LyricalDissonance. "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair" is downright ''upbeat''.''upbeat''.
* PeripheryDemographic: The band were popular with kids since their early days, even when they were playing ostensibly "adult" Rock music. Come the TurnOfTheMillenium and their album ''No!'', they started making music specifically for kids and families.
13th Aug '15 12:33:45 PM CutieTabootie
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* HilariousInHindsight - Cartoonist Mark Marek did the animation for the "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" music video in 1990. Nine years later, the videos for "Doctor Worm" and "Why Does The Sun Shine" aired as part of the final season of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', which Marek worked on (he made the Henry and June wraparound segments). He later did the animation for "Underwater Woman" in 2015.
20th Jul '15 1:41:18 PM ThornBrain
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** "Dog on Fire", the instrumental theme song for ''Series/TheDailyShow'' was originally written and performed by Bob Mould. However, once Jon Stewart became the host a few years into the show's existence, Mould's version was replaced by one performed by They Might Be Giants, which has remained ever since.

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** "Dog on Fire", the instrumental theme song for ''Series/TheDailyShow'' ''Series/TheDailyShow'', was originally written and performed by [[Music/HuskerDu Bob Mould.Mould]]. However, once Jon Stewart became the host a few years into the show's existence, Mould's version was replaced by one performed by They Might Be Giants, which has remained ever since.



** "What Is a Shooting Star?", written by Lou Singer and Hy Zaret (who also wrote the aformentioned "Why Does the Sun Shine").
* CriticalDissonance: ''Flood'' got some suprisingly harsh reviews when it was released, even from reviewers who praised their first two albums (''Rolling Stone'', Robert Christgau), either accusing them of getting too slick for their major label debut, or fretting that they didn't seem to be getting more "serious". It's their biggest-selling and most beloved album.
* EpicRiff: "The Lady and the Tiger", in full effect.

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** "What Is a Shooting Star?", written by Lou Singer and Hy Zaret (who also wrote the aformentioned aforementioned "Why Does the Sun Shine").
* CriticalDissonance: ''Flood'' got some suprisingly surprisingly harsh reviews when it was released, even from reviewers who praised their first two albums (''Rolling Stone'', Robert Christgau), either accusing them of getting too slick for their major label debut, or fretting that they didn't seem to be getting more "serious". It's their biggest-selling and most beloved album.
* EpicRiff: EpicRiff:
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"The Lady and the Tiger", in full effect.



* EpilepticTrees: The band seemingly invites these.

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* EpilepticTrees: The band seemingly invites these.these with their abstract approach to songwriting, as shown in the ''Gigantic'' documentary with a debate club analyzing the lyrics of "Particle Man". The band [[ShrugOfGod neither confirm nor deny]] any interpretations of their work.



* IronWoobie: Mr. Horrible from "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair" gets continuously abused and/or humiliated by the narrator and his Ugliness Men. Horrible's only complaint is the comically disproportionate song title.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Surprisingly "I Can Hear You" off of Factory Showroom, and more than just the fact that it was recorded on a wax cylinder. It references the Viper Car Alarm, the newness of being able to call from an airplane, and the then-brand new super-sizing.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Surprisingly "I Can Hear You" off of Factory Showroom, ''Factory Showroom'', and more than just the fact that it was recorded on a wax cylinder. It references the Viper Car Alarm, the newness of being able to call from an airplane, and the then-brand new super-sizing.



* TheWoobie: In "Nonagon" poor Heptagon isn't even mentioned, let alone does much.
** The comments that lampshade this have been voted down too.
** Mr Horrible also receives this treatment.

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* TheWoobie: In "Nonagon" poor Heptagon isn't even mentioned, let alone does much.
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much. The comments that lampshade this have been voted down too.
** Mr Horrible also receives this treatment.
down.
20th Jul '15 1:27:47 PM ThornBrain
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* SampledUp: The saxophone hook in "Number Three" is a loop taken from Lou Monte's "Skinny Lena." The band found it on a record they discovered while cleaning out an abandoned apartment.
10th May '15 11:42:03 PM InTheGallbladder
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** "Hide Away Folk Family", "Where Your Eyes Don't Go", "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair", "It's Not My Birthday", "Hall Of Heads", "A Self Called Nowhere", "The Bells Are Ringing", "Rat Patrol", "Older", "Ant", "Bastard Wants To Hit Me", "I'm Impressed", "Can't Keep Johnny Down", "Black Ops"...

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** "Hide Away Folk Family", "Where Your Eyes Don't Go", "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair", "It's Not My Birthday", "Hall Of Heads", "A Self Called Nowhere", "The Bells Are Ringing", "Rat Patrol", "Older", "Ant", "Bastard Wants To Hit Me", "I'm Impressed", "Can't Keep Johnny Down", "Black Ops"...Ops," "Aaa"...
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