They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants - They Might Be Giants
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1986 Ratings: #34 / 92
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
1986 Ratings: #37
Liked by 4 people
November 4, 1986 / Release Date
LP / Format
Restless/Bar/None / Label / Website
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I appreciate a project that immediately tells you what’s in store. And when the opening track to this becomes a distorted echo of its already strange self naught but 50 seconds in, before whipping itself into a kinetic frenzy of synths like a fighter jet pulling out of a nosedive to aim itself at the sun, it sets the mood wonderfully for what’s to come.

And what’s to come turns out to be a collection of some of the most excited alt-rock oddities this side of Oingo Boingo. ... read more
TMBG Album Reviews, Part 1 of 15

The Johns make the most out of a drum machine.

This debut album from the alternative masters They Might Be Giants mixes comedy, accordion, drum machines, and esoteric lyrics into a great melting pot of 80s alternative music. Remember, though this sounds like it would fit well into the early 90s, this pink puppy was released in *1986.* Though I love this album to death, there are some unreasonble flaws, like the somewhat iffy mixing, though to defend it, it was ... read more
This album is absolutely fantastic.

The 2 Johns are limited, broke, in college, and hell there’s only 2 of them but somehow they managed to pull through and create one of my favorite albums of all time using only them and a drum machine.

The only word I can use to describe this album is “fun”. Every song, every beat, every word just oozes quirky ness and good times at levels that aren’t comparable to anything else i’ve ever listened to.

I want to say more but ... read more
Who Might Be Giants?

They Might Be Giants is a nice change of pace for me. I haven't heard an album so carefree like this album in a good while. And besides the quirky, fun lyrics there are also equally enjoyable instrumentals. It's like a mix of indie pop/rock but with a spice of fun added.

This album is hardly serious and is best consumed without thinking all too much. Just sit back and enjoy the 19 bouncy tracks presented. Now, unfortunately, I couldn't enjoy every single track. Yes the ... read more
A fantastic indie pop record, it's hard to believe this came out in 1986!

Every song is so cheery and refreshing, and there's simply not one moment where I feel annoyed or bored. The vocals are expressive and infectious, and there are fun and weird sounds all over the place.

The band delivers earworm after earworm while staying really inventive in their instrumentation. None of the songs disappoint, so I keep coming back to it when I need something to cheer me up.

I highly recommend this to ... read more
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Track List

  1. Everything Right Is Wrong Again
  2. Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head
  3. Number Three
  4. Don't Let's Start
  5. Hide Away Folk Family
  6. 32 Footsteps
  7. Toddler Hiway
  8. Rabid Child
  9. Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes
  10. (She Was A) Hotel Detective
  11. She's an Angel
  12. Youth Culture Killed My Dog
  13. Boat of Car
  14. Absolutely Bill's Mood
  15. Chess Piece Face
  16. I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die
  17. Alienation's for the Rich
  18. The Day
  19. Rhythm Section Want Ad
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Added on: March 8, 2016