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I like fun/and so do you.

I Like Fun is the twentieth studio album by They Might Be Giants, released in 2018 by Idlewild Recordings. Noted for being Darker and Edgier than much of their recent work, it was nearly named My Murdered Remains after a line from the song "Mrs. Bluebeard" (they saved the name for a Dial-A-Song compilation released later that year).


  1. "Let's Get This Over With" (3:07)
  2. "I Left My Body" (2:36)
  3. "All Time What" (2:29)
  4. "By The Time You Get This" (2:17)
  5. "An Insult To The Fact Checkers" (2:34)
  6. "Mrs. Bluebeard" (2:43)
  7. "I Like Fun" (3:00)
  8. "Push Back The Hands" (3:01)
  9. "This Microphone" (2:36)
  10. "The Bright Side" (2:29)
  11. "When The Lights Come On" (3:17)
  12. "Lake Monsters" (2:56)
  13. "Mc Cafferty's Bib" (2:35)
  14. "The Greatest" (1:48)
  15. "Last Wave" (3:24)


Let's Get These Tropes Over With:

  • Apocalyptic Log: "By The Time You Get This" is an uncharacteristically cheery one that reassures the listener that whatever horrific thing happened to the long-dead generation was for a good cause.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The narrator of "Mrs. Bluebeard" reflects on the things that should have tipped her off that her husband was a serial killer.
    Nervous tics that I pretended not to see...
    Warning signs, death metal albums
    'Hang In There, Baby' poster
  • Call-Back: "McCafferty's Bib" references the same performance piece that inspired the group to make William Allen White their unofficial mascot in their early years.
  • Cool Old Guy:
    • Verse 2 of "I Like Fun":note 
    My excellence at parkour might be unexpected
    At the age of fifty-eight
    • Heck, at this point the entire band is starting to become cool old guys.
  • Descent into Addiction: (possibly) the main theme of "Mc Cafferty's Bib" and also the title track, “I Like Fun”.
  • Gag Dub: "Last Wave" was originally written to sync up with the music video to "Walk This Way" by Run–D.M.C. and Aerosmith - on the tour supporting I Like Fun, the band's second set always started with the "Walk This Way" video being projected on a screen, synced to a recording of the original demo. They reworked it musically for the album but kept the Word Salad Lyrics, some of which originally made more sense in the context of a gag dub: For instance, the lyric "now you gotta buy me some antlers" synced up to a scene where Steven Tyler was holding his hands over his head like antlers.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: The refrain of "This Microphone" uses it as a metaphor for trying (and failing) to keep one's feelings to themselves.
    Hey, this microphone was turned on all along
  • Longest Song Goes Last: "Last Wave" marks the first time they've done this in their career, but it's still only 3:24.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: All over the damn place, somehow more than They Might Be Giants' usual.
  • Mood Whiplash: "Last Wave", lyrically. Probably because it began as an extremely dark Gag Dub (see above).
  • Out-of-Body Experience: "I Left My Body", obviously.
  • Posthumous Collaboration: Cream's Jack Bruce, who died in 2014, is credited with guest vocals on the title track. This is because the song's wordless hook is taken from a series of vocal samples Bruce recorded for use on a Mellotron.
  • Self-Deprecation: Naming the first track on an album "Let's Get This Over With" shows a willingness to get a laugh at their own expense.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Mrs Bluebeard" as a modern retelling of Bluebeard from the dead wife's perspective
    • "McCafferty's Bib" mentions crowds waving signs of Bob Hope, inspired by a real piece of performance art by Brazilian artist Öyvind Fahlström.
    • "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here" in "Let's Get This Over With" is an old phrase, but is most-famously remembered as the key line in Semisonic's 1998 hit "Closing Time".

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