They Might Be Giants

Combining a knack for infectious melodies with a quirky sense of humor and a vaguely avant-garde aesthetic borrowed from the New York post-punk underground, They Might Be Giants became an unlikely alternative rock success story as they reinvented themselves throughout their career. Musically, John Flansburgh and John Linnell borrowed from everywhere, but this eclecticism was enhanced by their arcane sensibilities. The duo referenced everything from British Invasion to Tin Pan Alley, while making allusions to pulp fiction and President Polk. Through their string of indie releases and constant touring, They Might Be Giants built up a huge following on college campuses during the late ’80s, switching to a major label in the early ’90s. With support from MTV, 1990’s Flood became a gold album, and with it, the duo began to reap commercial rewards, moving into the status of one of the most popular alternative bands before grunge. Though the group retreated to its cult following in the mid-’90s, when an avalanche of post-grunge groups dominated MTV and modern rock radio, the 2000s and 2010s found them thriving, with well-received forays into children’s music and soundtracks, as well as acclaimed albums for their adult fans.

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Discography

 

They Might Be Giants

  • Released: November 4, 1986
  • Label: Restless/Bar/None

 

Lincoln

  • Released: September 25, 1988
  • Label: Restless/Bar/None

 

Don’t Let’s Start

  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Restless/Bar/None

 

Flood

  • Released: January 15, 1990
  • Label: Elektra

 

Apollo 18

  • Released: March 24, 1992
  • Label: Elektra

 

Why Does The Sun Shine?

  • Released: September 14, 1993
  • Label: Elektra

 

Back to Skull

  • Released: August 16, 1994
  • Label: Elektra

 

John Henry

  • Released: September 13, 1994
  • Label: Elektra

 

Factory Showroom

  • Released: October 8, 1996
  • Label: Elektra

 

Severe Tire Damage

  • Released: August 11, 1998
  • Label: Elektra

 

Long Tall Weekend

  • Released: July 19, 1999
  • Label: Elektra

 

Working Undercover For The Man

  • Released: May 16, 2000
  • Label: Elektra

 

Mink Car

  • Released: September 11, 2001
  • Label: Restless

 

They Got Lost

  • Released: July 2002
  • Label: Idlewild/Zoë

 

Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants

  • Released: September 17, 2002
  • Label: Idlewild/Zoë

 

Indestructible Object

  • Released: April 4, 2004
  • Label: Barsuk Records

 

The Spine

  • Released: July 5, 2004
  • Label: Barsuk Records

 

The Else
Released:May 15, 2007

 

Join Us
Released: July 19, 2011

 

Nanobots
Released: March 5, 2013

 

Idlewild
Released: May 27, 2014

 

Glean
Released: April 21, 2015

 

Phone Power
Released: March 8, 2016

 


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