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A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants
0. A USER'S GUIDE TO THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: MELODY, FIDELITY, QUANTITY:
1. Minimum Wage
2. Meet James Ensor
3. Particle Man
4. Don't Let's Start
5. She's an Angel
6. Cyclops Rock
7. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
8. Purple Toupee
9. James K. Polk
10. Birdhouse in Your Soul
11. Ana Ng
12. Guitar, The
14. Statue Got Me High, The
15. New York City
16. Doctor Worm
17. Boss of Me
18. Your Racist Friend
19. Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)
20. They'll Need a Crane
21. I Palindrome I
22. Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head
23. John Lee Supertaster
25. We're the Replacements
26. Dr. Evil
28. Clap Your Hands
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79540
Paul Fox; They Might Be Giants; Bill Krauss; Clive Langer; Tom Durak; Adam Schlesinger; Alan Winstanley; Pat Dillett; Roger Moutenot; Tom Durack; Paul Fox; They Might Be Giants; Bill Krauss; Clive Langer; Gary Stewart (Compilation); Mark Leviton (Compilation)
Bill Krauss; TJ Doherty; Greg Thompson; Dave Goodermuth; Alex Noyes; Edward Douglas; David Robbins; Hiro Ishihara; Ed Thacker; Toshikazu Yoshioka; Alex Olsson; Tony Gillis; Cosmo Heidtman; Jason Spittle; Phil "Wif Skill" Nowlan; Hideki Nishino; Bill Kovatch; Matt Gold; Danny Alonso; Paul Angelli; Katherine Miller; Al Houghton; Alan Ford; Albert Caiati; Mark Bishop; Pat Dillett; Roger Moutenot; Ben Bailes; Chris Laidlaw; Brent Sigmeth; Rich Lamb
They Might Be Giants: John Flansburgh, John Linnell.
Personnel: John Flansburgh (vocals, guitar, keyboards); John Linnell (vocals, accordion, saxophone, keyboards); Laura Cantrell, Robin "Goldie" Goldwasser (vocals); Eric Schermerhorn, Lyle Workman, Dan John Miller (guitar); Mark Feldman (violin); Frank London, Mark Pender, Jim O'Connor , Charlie Sepulveda (trumpet); Dan Levine (trombone); Kurt Hoffman (horns); Brian Doherty (glockenspiel, drums); Steve Calhoon, Zachary Alford, Dan Hickey (drums); Alan Bezozi (snare drum, tambourine); Skyline Staff (hand claps); Luis Jardim, Mauro Refosco (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Ed Thacker; Alan Winstanley; Patrick Dillett; Roger Moutenot; Tom Durack; Bob Clearmountain.
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Recording information: Bearsville Sound Studios (??/1986-06/2002); Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY (??/1986-06/2002); Coyote Sound, New York, NY (??/1986-06/2002); Dubway Studio, New York, NY (??/1986-06/2002); HIt Factory (??/1986-06/2002); Kampo Studios (??/1986-06/2002); Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, MN (??/1986-06/2002); River Sound (??/1986-06/2002); Skyline Studios, New York, NY (??/1986-06/2002); Sound on Sound (??/1986-06/2002); SoundTrack (??/1986-06/2002); Studio Four (??/1986-06/2002); Studio PASS (??/1986-06/2002); The Magic Shop, New York, NY (??/1986-06/2002); TMF Studio (??/1986-06/2002); Westside (??/1986-06/2002).
Anyone who appreciates melodic hooks, humor, originality, and inventiveness, but doesn't know They Might Be Giants, should pick up A USER'S GUIDE. Whereas 2002's two-disc, 52-song box DIAL-A-SONG offers a broad overview of the Brooklyn band's catalogue, A USER'S GUIDE is their first true "greatest hits" release, condensing the Giants' prolific output to 29 of their most insanely catchy, beautifully crafted tracks.
Given the consistency of head Giants John Flansburgh and John Linnell's songwriting, many great tunes have necessarily been left off the compilation. Still, the absolute essentials are here, including the surrealist love anthem "Birdhouse in Your Soul," the spastic power-pop of "Don't Let's Start," the angular wit of "The Statue Got Me High," and "Boss of Me" (the theme to TV's MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE), along with other wondrous tracks. Accordions wheeze, horns blare, keyboards pound, and Flansburgh and Linnell unravel verses full of clever wordplay and absurdist (yet oddly resonant) philosophy, making A USER'S GUIDE a gleeful pop jubilee.
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