The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: They Might Be Giants Edition

When I was around age twenty, my favorite musical group was They Might Be Giants. I was nearly obsessed with them, owning all of their albums and even their obscure EPs. Yesterday, I was at Best Buy. I wandered through the music section and noticed that they had a new album out – and I didn’t just pick it up and buy it. I still enjoy the CDs I have – I listen to them in my truck on occasion – but I guess things really have changed. An aside – my son loves their child-oriented albums.

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  1. Flexo says:

    Hey, I’ve always been a big TMBG fan, too. I stopped going to the concerts when I was in my 20s and the average age of the other concertgoers was 15… but not only did I own their albums and EPs, but an enormous collection of “bootlegs…”

  2. Jamie says:

    Check out their website. They have a free podcast that they update often enough. It’s kind of a throw back to their old Dial-A-Song stuff (which they still do as well, I believe)

    I haven’t picked up the latest album, but The Spine (the last one) was worth every penny.

  3. kyle says:

    I’ve had an advance copy of The Else for a while now, and it’s really quite good.

  4. James says:

    Minimum Waaaaaaage!! HIIYA!!! ;)

  5. MS says:

    My kids love “No!”, too..

    Don’t cross the street in the middle,
    in the middle,
    in the middle,
    in the middle,
    in the middle of the block.

    That will be stuck in my head all day now..

  6. Josh Samarin says:

    No! and Go for G are big hits with my two year old, for sure.

  7. David says:

    Trent, here are some TMBG lyrics updated to incorporate your The Simple Dollar ethos:

    Where was I? I forgot the point that I was making. I said if I was smart, that I would save up for a piece of string and a rock to wind the string around (after I invested in my 401(k) up to my company’s match). Everybody wants a rock to wind a piece of string around.

  8. mitchell says:

    there’s a good TMBG interview on The Sound of Young America. will give you a good idea of what the album sounds like, too, from clips:

  9. jasonn says:

    They are playing a free concert today (Thursday) until Sunday at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit (along with Hugh Masekela, Neville Brothers, Steel Pulse, and the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Band. I was thinking of maybe going Sunday to see TMBG.

  10. Ryan says:

    I knew there was a reason I was subscribed to your blog. I’ve been a fan of TMBG for the better part of my life.

    PS. The Else isn’t that good. It’s the only album I haven’t bought. I probably will eventually, out of a feeling of duty.

  11. SwingCheese says:

    Ooh, I would definitely go a free TMBG concert!

    When I was in high school, my friends and I actually had a crazy little dance that we did to “Particle Man”.

    “When he’s in the water does he get wet, or does the water get him instead. Nobody knows. Particle Man.”

  12. rkt88edmo says:

    TMBG day, yay! The new album “The Else” is my first CD for 2007, and may be my only one. As time goes on I am just happy to dive into the collection I have, but with kiddos (maybe this is your case too) what I choose ot listen to around them is pretty limited.

    Definitely sign up for the podcast, get your They might be giants content fun and free!

    Also, do you know they are working on a follow up kiddie DVD “Here come the 1, 2, 3s!”

    Thanks for the simple dollar!

  13. Brip Blap says:

    I wasn’t a TMBG fan, but I know what you mean about passing on CDs that you once HAD to own. Every time I look at the CD collection I assembled in my teens and twenties, I think “whew – each one of those cost $11.99, $12.99, etc. – think how much that would be worth today…”

    It’s not a fun thought, particularly considering I don’t like half of that music anymore. Still love the Cure, though.

    Oh, and TMBG sing the theme song to “Higglytown Heroes”, which is on right after “The Wiggles” (the only TV show my one-year old watches). So we hear the theme song most days, and it’s almost automatically an occasion for a one-year old dance party…

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