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They Might Be Touring

Postby Sprocket » Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:14 pm UTC

Free! 2008-08-09 Aug. 9, 2008
(Saturday) Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun [1]
Time: 8:00pm

Free! 2008-08-10 Aug. 10, 2008
(Sunday) Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun [2]
Time: 7:00pm
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Re: They Might Be Giants

Postby ArchAngel1024 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:34 am UTC

Buy The Spine. I love that album.
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Re: They Might Be Touring

Postby Goatboy » Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:12 am UTC

Sprocket wrote:Free! 2008-08-09 Aug. 9, 2008
(Saturday) Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun [1]
Time: 8:00pm

Free! 2008-08-10 Aug. 10, 2008
(Sunday) Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun [2]
Time: 7:00pm
Wow, TMBG are celebrating my birthday by having free shows. That's fantastic, but I won't be able to attend, sadly.
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Re: They Might Be Giants

Postby Lazar » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:19 am UTC

Bumping because TMBG rock everybody's socks. Watch this video!
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Postby BlissfulRhythm » Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:53 am UTC

une see wrote:I have nothing to contribute to this thread, but I'd like to take a moment, just sitting right here, to say that Birdhouse in Your Soul is the best song ever.


I second that statement. I actually have a blue canary nightlight... they're very hard to find.

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Re: They Might Be Giants

Postby pi(e)lover » Sat May 21, 2011 9:38 am UTC

I'm bumping this yet again because I have an almost hopeless question that's more likely to be answered here than in the song ID thread:

So: They Might Be Giants. They rock. After years of idly enjoying them (and cheering a bit on the rare occasions they come on the radio) I finally got round to buying Dial-A-Song and it is now rocking my car on a regular basis. But...

Years ago I remember hearing a TMBG song on Radio 2's Tracks Of My Years (for you US-ians, it's a UK radio program where famous people are interviewed and pick a whole load of songs that are significant to them). It was Harry Shearer's appearance and all I can remember is that the song was a) awesome, and b) had very very fast lyrics (it was pretty word-dense, I think). I was hoping I might find it on a big compilation album but alas, I'm not sure I've discovered it yet. I feel instinctively like I'd recognise it if I heard it, but the only one I think it could possibly be is The Sun Is A Mass... and I'm not at all convinced that's it.

So. I know I'm basically pissing in the wind with such a ridiculously vague description, but...any ideas?

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Re: They Might Be Giants

Postby Microscopic cog » Sat May 21, 2011 10:34 am UTC

Random guess: Istanbul, not Constantinopel

I emailed the guy from the show but I doubt I'll get an answer. There aren't any archives online ( only for 2007-2011 and Shearer wasn't in there. )

Either way, at least I learned that Harry Shearer has directed a comedy play with Kelsey Grammar.
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Re: They Might Be Giants

Postby pi(e)lover » Sat May 21, 2011 2:33 pm UTC

It wasn't Istanbul, I'm fairly sure, thanks for the guess though. Have searched all over for programme archives and can't find anything! Boo BBC.

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Re: They Might Be Giants

Postby cephalopod9 » Sun May 22, 2011 6:15 am UTC

It would help narrow things down a lot if you could say about how many "years ago" it was.

3? 15? Was it a nostalgic choice?
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Re: They Might Be Giants

Postby pi(e)lover » Sun May 22, 2011 7:41 am UTC

It was no earlier than 2006 I'd say (I was driving so can narow it down to "as long as I've had a license), but earlier than 2008 I'd guess. It won't have been a current song as the people on the program all tend to pick nostalgic choices.

It's pretty much a lost cause, I know. But can never hurt to try!

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Re: They Might Be Giants

Postby cephalopod9 » Mon May 23, 2011 8:33 am UTC

Have you ruled out everything on Dial a Song? I don't know anything about the radio show, so I was hoping you might have some idea as to when the song came out. Can you remember if it was cheerful, or angrier, any of the lyrics or themes?
Based on Nostalgic, word dense/fast lyrics
I would have guessed one of their earlier songs like Don't Let's Stop or Purple Toupee, but both of those are on Dial a Song.

Google connects Radio 2' Tracks of My Years to the song A Self Called Nowhere, but that doesn't fit your description.

Harry Shearer also has his own radio show... which between 05 and 08 featured Au Contraire, It's Not My Birthday*, The Mesopotamians, Climbing the Walls, and Experimental Film.
*I was close to guessing this one, but it's not that fast
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Re: They Might Be Giants

Postby Microscopic cog » Mon May 23, 2011 1:49 pm UTC

Well guys, I got the answer. Look what I got in my mailbox:

Dear Gertjan,

Many thanks for your email. When Harry Shearer was on Tracks Of My Years he chose the song 'Dinner Bell' by They Might Be Giants. It's featured on their CD 'Apollo 18' which is released on Elektra records catalogue number 7559612572.

Kind regards,
Simon
Spoiler:
Interviewer: Some people say they can’t understand your writing even after they read it two or three times. What approach would you suggest for them?

William Faulkner: Read it four times.

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Re: They Might Be Giants

Postby pi(e)lover » Mon May 23, 2011 4:58 pm UTC

Microscopic cog wrote:Well guys, I got the answer. Look what I got in my mailbox:

Dear Gertjan,

Many thanks for your email. When Harry Shearer was on Tracks Of My Years he chose the song 'Dinner Bell' by They Might Be Giants. It's featured on their CD 'Apollo 18' which is released on Elektra records catalogue number 7559612572.

Kind regards,
Simon


Oh my word...i officially love you! Just youtubed and I don't think I would have recognised it; it's not at all how my memory had filed it away. But it's still very cool - and all about food, which is possibly why it struck a chord (or a bell?) with me.

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Re: They Might Be Giants

Postby Microscopic cog » Mon May 23, 2011 5:27 pm UTC

Glad I could help. :D
Spoiler:
Interviewer: Some people say they can’t understand your writing even after they read it two or three times. What approach would you suggest for them?

William Faulkner: Read it four times.


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