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* AffectionateParody / ShoutOut: They were parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' as with the dwarfish group "We're Certainly Dwarfs".

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* AffectionateParody / ShoutOut: They were parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' as with the dwarfish group "We're Certainly Dwarfs". They were also partially responsible for Foul Ole Ron's {{Catchphrase}} "Millennium hand and shrimp" in the same setting, by way of Terry Pratchett dumping a Chinese restaurant menu and the lyrics sheet for ''Particle Man'' into a [[http://bensonofjohn.co.uk/poetry/tools/travesty_generator.php travesty generator.]] Pratchett was a fan of the band.


* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[TropesAreTools An attempt to]] politely {{avert|edTrope}} it. As they were coming up on the end of filming the documentary ''Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns'' one of the last scenes was a release party for their new album, ''Mink Car'', which was held at 11:30pm on September 10th, 2001 in New York City. On the DVDCommentary they say they had a rough time figuring out what to do - [=9/11=] wasn't important to the story, so to mention it would be "cashing in" on it, but to not mention it when it affected the lives of those present[[note]]one attendee actually stayed near the World Trade Center and was evacuated from their hotel room the next morning. They were uninjured, but they lost all their belongings from the room[[/note]] would also be rude. A compromise was made to simply have a TitleCard listing the date, letting astute viewers make the connection, but leaving [=9/11=] intentionally OutOfFocus.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools An attempt to]] politely {{avert|edTrope}} it. As they were coming up on the end of filming the documentary ''Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns'' one of the last scenes was a release party for their new album, ''Mink Car'', which was held at 11:30pm on September 10th, 2001 in New York City. On the DVDCommentary they say they had a rough time figuring out what to do - [=9/11=] wasn't important to the story, so to mention it would be "cashing in" on it, but to not mention it when it affected the lives of those present[[note]]one attendee actually stayed near the World Trade Center and was evacuated from their hotel room the next morning. They were uninjured, but they lost all their belongings from the room[[/note]] would also be rude. A compromise was made to simply have a TitleCard listing the date, letting astute viewers make the connection, but leaving [=9/11=] intentionally OutOfFocus.


* AffectionateParody: They were parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' as with the dwarfish group "We're Certainly Dwarfs".

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* AffectionateParody: AffectionateParody / ShoutOut: They were parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' as with the dwarfish group "We're Certainly Dwarfs".

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* AffectionateParody: They were parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' as with the dwarfish group "We're Certainly Dwarfs".


** The band itself, for John Linnell. In the years prior, he was part of a Rhode Island-based group called The Mundanes, a Music/NewWave group in the Music/{{Blondie}}/Motels/Waitresses mold. They built a local following before trying and failing to get a major record deal. They broke up in 1983.

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** The band itself, for John Linnell. In the years prior, he was part of a Rhode Island-based Island group called The Mundanes, a Music/NewWave group in the Music/{{Blondie}}/Motels/Waitresses mold. They built a local following before trying following, tried and failing failed to get a major record deal. They deal, and then broke up in 1983.


** John Flansburgh also was in a couple bands in his college years, The Blackouts and The Turtlenecks, though they were much more informal than The Mundanes. Both bands specialized in tongue-in-cheek [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of oldies hits.


* MissingEpisode: One of the first music videos that the band made was a video for the song "Rabid Child" that was never released to the public.

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* MissingEpisode: One of the first music videos that the band made was a video for the song "Rabid Child" that was never released to the public.public, except for a clip in ''Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns'' years later.


* BreakupBreakout: The band itself, for John Linnell. In the years prior, he was part of a Rhode Island-based Music/NewWave group called The Mundanes, which tried and failed to get a major record deal before breaking up in 1983.

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The band itself, for John Linnell. In the years prior, he was part of a Rhode Island-based Music/NewWave group called The Mundanes, which tried a Music/NewWave group in the Music/{{Blondie}}/Motels/Waitresses mold. They built a local following before trying and failed failing to get a major record deal before breaking deal. They broke up in 1983.1983.
** John Flansburgh also was in a couple bands in his college years, The Blackouts and The Turtlenecks, though they were much more informal than The Mundanes. Both bands specialized in tongue-in-cheek [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of oldies hits.

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* CreatorBacklash: They're noted for digging deep into their catalog in live shows, but they haven't played "I've Got a Match" since 1989, a few months after its parent album ''Lincoln'' was released. They've even skipped it in more recent shows devoted to playing songs from ''Lincoln''. According to John Flansburgh, they just got burned out on playing the song and aren't eager to revisit it.


* ExecutiveMeddling: The band felt like they were ignored and underpromoted by Creator/ElektraRecords in the mid 1990s. This started when A&R rep Sue Drew left the label in 1993; Drew had signed the band to the label and represented them and other quirky alt-rock bands on the roster like Music/{{Ween}} and Music/{{Phish}}. As a result of her departure, there was no one left at the label who really understood what They Might Be Giants were about or how to market them. The growing rift between band and label came to a head during their 1995 tour of Japan, when Elektra asked the band to play an impromptu gig at a coffee house on one of their days off, but they declined in order to take some much needed downtime. When they got off their train, they were met by an Elektra representative who was there to take them to the coffee shop: The label had went ahead and booked the show anyway without their permission. The Johns refused to play, and they decided to end their affiliation with Elektra after ''Factory Showroom'' finished out their contract the next year.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: After a strong debut on Elektra Records with ''Music/{{Flood}}'' and ''Apollo 18'', their relationship with the label quickly went downhill. This started when A&R rep Sue Drew left the label in 1993; Drew had signed the band to the label and represented them and other quirky alt-rock bands on the roster like Music/{{Ween}} and Music/{{Phish}}. Her departure robbed the band of their biggest advocate at Elektra, though label president Bob Krasnow, a respected industry vet, also was sympathetic to them.[[note]]Krasnow had a long track record of championing non-mainstream acts, most notably signing Music/CaptainBeefheart to his first recording contract[[/note]] Then, on the eve of the release of ''Music/JohnHenry'', Krasnow abruptly quit, as part of a massive leadership shakeup at Warner Music Group. After that, there was no one left at the label who really understood what They Might Be Giants were about or how to market them. The growing rift between band and label came to a head during their 1995 tour of Japan, when Elektra asked the band to play an impromptu gig at a coffee house on one of their days off, but they declined in order to take some much needed downtime. When they got off their train, they were met by an Elektra representative who was there to take them to the coffee shop: The label had went ahead and booked the show anyway without their permission. The Johns refused to play. Elektra did almost zero promotion for ''Factory Showroom'' in 1996, despite it being the band's most mainstream-sounding album to date, so they asked to be released from their contract, which Elektra agreed to.



** Music/ElvisCostello was apparently supposed to produce ''Apollo 18'' at an early stage. The Johns disapproved due to thinking they'd earned the chance to produce it themselves and to the tension that would occur from working with a hero of theirs.

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** Music/ElvisCostello was apparently supposed initially slated to produce ''Apollo 18'' at an early stage.18''. The Johns disapproved due to thinking they'd earned the chance to produce it themselves and to the tension that would occur from working with a hero of theirs.

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* WorkingTitle: ''I Like Fun'' could have been ''My Murdered Remains'', after a lyric from "Mrs. Bluebeard". They then used the title for their next album, which consisted of songs produced during the same period as ''I Like Fun'' itself.

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** "Flans" or "Flansy" for John Flansburgh, which the band seem to have embraced: Flansburgh has referred to himself as such in interviews, and [[Music/SoulCoughing Mike Doughty's]] WordSaladLyrics to "Mr. Xcitement" include a reference to "Flansy in a soda can".


* BreakupBreakout: The band itself, for John Linnell. In the years prior, he was part of a Rhode Island-based new bave group called The Mundanes, which tried and failed to get a major record deal before breaking up in 1983.

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* BreakupBreakout: The band itself, for John Linnell. In the years prior, he was part of a Rhode Island-based new bave Music/NewWave group called The Mundanes, which tried and failed to get a major record deal before breaking up in 1983.


* BreakupBreakout: The band itself, for John Linnell. In the years prior, he was part of a New Wave group called The Mundanes, which tried and failed to get a major record deal before breaking up in 1983.
* ColbertBump: Their song "Birdhouse in Your Soul" saw a spike in searches after internet comedian Little Kuriboh used it for the intro in his Yu-Gi-Oh Season 0 abridged.

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* BreakupBreakout: The band itself, for John Linnell. In the years prior, he was part of a New Wave Rhode Island-based new bave group called The Mundanes, which tried and failed to get a major record deal before breaking up in 1983.
* ColbertBump: Their song "Birdhouse in Your Soul" saw a spike in searches after internet comedian Little Kuriboh used it for the intro in his Yu-Gi-Oh Season 0 abridged.
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[TropesAreTools An attempt to]] politely {{avert|edTrope}} it. As they were coming up on the end of filming the documentary ''Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns'' one of the last scenes was a show for their new album, "Mink Car", which was at 11:30pm on September 10th, 2001 in New York City. On the DVDCommentary they say they had a rough time figuring out what to do - [=9/11=] wasn't important to the story, so to mention it would be "cashing in" on it, but to not mention it when it affected the lives of those present[[note]]one attendee actually stayed near the World Trade Center and was evacuated from their hotel room the next morning. They were uninjured, but they lost all their belongings from the room[[/note]] would also be rude. A compromise was made to simply have a TitleCard listing the date, letting astute viewers make the connection, but leaving [=9/11=] intentionally OutOfFocus.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[TropesAreTools An attempt to]] politely {{avert|edTrope}} it. As they were coming up on the end of filming the documentary ''Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns'' one of the last scenes was a show release party for their new album, "Mink Car", ''Mink Car'', which was held at 11:30pm on September 10th, 2001 in New York City. On the DVDCommentary they say they had a rough time figuring out what to do - [=9/11=] wasn't important to the story, so to mention it would be "cashing in" on it, but to not mention it when it affected the lives of those present[[note]]one attendee actually stayed near the World Trade Center and was evacuated from their hotel room the next morning. They were uninjured, but they lost all their belongings from the room[[/note]] would also be rude. A compromise was made to simply have a TitleCard listing the date, letting astute viewers make the connection, but leaving [=9/11=] intentionally OutOfFocus.


* ExecutiveMeddling: The band felt like they were ignored and underpromoted by Creator/ElektraRecords in the mid 1990s. This started when A&R rep Sue Drew left the label in 1993; Drew had signed the band to the label and represented them and other quirky alt-rock bands on the roster like Music/{{Ween}} and Music/{{Phish}}. As a result of her departure, there was no one left at the label who really understood what They Might Be Giants were about or how to market them. The growing rift between band and label came to a head during their 1995 tour of Japan, when Elektra asked the band to play an impromptu gig at a coffee house on one of their days off, but they declined in order to take some much needed downtime. When they got off their train, they were met by an Elektra representative who was there to take them to the coffee shop: Elektra had booked the show anyway without their permission. The Johns refused to play, and they decided to ended their affiliation with Elektra after ''Factory Showroom'' finished out their contract the next year.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: The band felt like they were ignored and underpromoted by Creator/ElektraRecords in the mid 1990s. This started when A&R rep Sue Drew left the label in 1993; Drew had signed the band to the label and represented them and other quirky alt-rock bands on the roster like Music/{{Ween}} and Music/{{Phish}}. As a result of her departure, there was no one left at the label who really understood what They Might Be Giants were about or how to market them. The growing rift between band and label came to a head during their 1995 tour of Japan, when Elektra asked the band to play an impromptu gig at a coffee house on one of their days off, but they declined in order to take some much needed downtime. When they got off their train, they were met by an Elektra representative who was there to take them to the coffee shop: Elektra The label had went ahead and booked the show anyway without their permission. The Johns refused to play, and they decided to ended end their affiliation with Elektra after ''Factory Showroom'' finished out their contract the next year.

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