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2012-03-13 11:27:50 PM
Woops...

First Link = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olr2cDrFkCo

Second Link = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Za8HggalY
 
2012-03-13 11:45:58 PM
I've been a TMBG fan since the days of Flood. Not a rabid fan, but I look forward to when my little son will be old enough to enjoy their music too. In the last few months, there was a TMBG thread on Fark (Maybe when they covered Tubthumper) when I first learned that Istanbul was a cover. It just sounded so much like something the 2 Johns would write that I never thought it might have been recorded by someone else first.
 
2012-03-13 11:54:11 PM
Eh. They're no Love and Rockets, Thompson Twins, or Information Society, but they don't suck.
 
2012-03-14 12:00:44 AM

zarberg: So TMBG haters, tell us the pinnacles of rock/alternative music that you listen to that are so much better than the band being discussed here?


Yeah, so we can mock your musical taste even more.


Nix Nightbird: Eh. They're no Love and Rockets, Thompson Twins, or Information Society, but they don't suck.


*notsureifserious*
 
2012-03-14 12:29:17 AM
One of my favorites growing up. I have seen them a dozen or do times. Rocks on, Johns!
 
2012-03-14 12:30:30 AM
Never seen them live, love their songs. Flood was definitely a high-water mark (no pun intended).

When my son was born, my brother-in-law gave me their kids CD. My son loves it.

Haters gonna hate.
 
2012-03-14 12:38:57 AM

zarberg: So TMBG haters, tell us the pinnacles of rock/alternative music that you listen to that are so much better than the band being discussed here?


Not a hater, I listened to TMBG in middle school. But to answer your question, I feel Rush and Dream Theater are better bands.
 
2012-03-14 12:45:07 AM
Was at their first gig. (When John was still the stat machine operator for Wendall Harrington.)

Saw many shows after.

Bought the tape, listened to dial a song endlessly.

Tired of them around when they released the first album.

Glad they are still around. Glad Goldman gave them the ok to use the name.
 
2012-03-14 01:10:00 AM
They wrote the theme to the new Micky Mouse Clubhouse including the "Hot Dog" dance at the end.
 
2012-03-14 01:20:41 AM
TMBG is still one of my favorite live acts. They are fun on stage and willing to take risks. I don't know if they do it any more, but it was hilarious to see them try various radio stations and improve matching songs. They'd do something great like 10 percent of the time, but their failures were bold and funny in their own way.

As for the other best acts live, based on the night itself Bauhaus on their first night of reuinion and Oingo Boingo on their farewell tour. The best TMBG show I saw was them at Royce Hall of UCLA doing a show along side of McSweeney's.
 
2012-03-14 03:26:39 AM
arcsecond:"When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."

That is probably the best statement ever. I'm 40 with 5 year old twin boys and that describes what I'm going through and how my Dad and Pappaw reared my brother and me.

/More should have 3 generations of "I care" and less of "It's your problem".
//Pheinis and Ferb are great! But not babbysitters.
///No one in my family nor my wife's family thinks twice about playing with the children. You've brought a tear to my eye thinking about it (Man Tear Damnit) because so many don't have that level of caring.
 
2012-03-14 05:02:14 AM

Cosmk: Primitive Screwhead: [www.thinkgeek.com image 600x600]

When I was in high school my younger brother would watch Tiny Toons while we were eating breakfast. One episode featured "videos" for Particle Man and Istanbul (not Constantinople), and we later came across Flood in a discount bin at a record store & both became fans.

Twenty years later, I just sent him one of those blue canaries for the outlet by his light switch for his birthday.

/CSB


That's my exact story too (minus the brother part). I've seen them plenty of times since. The Johns have always been good to STL and Chicago.
 
2012-03-14 05:43:54 AM

HellRaisingHoosier: Who? I've literally never even heard of them.


They wrote and performed "Boss of Me" - the theme to Malcom in the MIddle.

They performed (but didn't write) "Dog on Fire" aka the theme for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

As noted already, they wrote "Particle Man" and performed (but didn't write) "Istanbul (not Constantinople)"

They wrote and performed the Doctor Evil theme for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

So yeah, they're like the perfect example of "You don't know who they are but you've heard them before."
=Smidge=
/Touch the puppet head
 
2012-03-14 06:16:27 AM
They should list concert dates in New York as New Amsterdam
 
2012-03-14 06:41:12 AM
Another catchy song of theirs you might have heard but not recognized: Link (new window)
 
2012-03-14 07:59:55 AM
Growing up, people who were fans of TMBG past "Flood" were always the people who were really into Weird Al and soundtracks from musicals. Just really, really questionable taste in music that couldn't deal with songs that weren't laden down with gimmicky production and easy-read lyrics.
 
2012-03-14 08:02:07 AM
My favorite

Link (new window)
 
2012-03-14 08:20:40 AM
I would ask if there's anyone here that actually likes their new CD, but I'm sure you're out there. I hung in up through The Spine, but bailed when they started with the back-to-back Barney soundtrack shiat. The new CD is NOT good. I'm not saying I wish they would go back to a different time. They did their "good" albums years ago.
 
zez
2012-03-14 09:06:01 AM

Bluemookie: but bailed when they started with the back-to-back Barney soundtrack shiat.


Some of their best and catchiest songs are on "that Barney shiat", give it a try.
 
2012-03-14 09:20:42 AM

zez: Bluemookie: but bailed when they started with the back-to-back Barney soundtrack shiat.

Some of their best and catchiest songs are on "that Barney shiat", give it a try.


I didn't have a problem with "No". I listened to a few songs off here come the 123's or here come the abc's or whatever came next, and it just sounded like stuff Elmo would sing. Figured I would wait for another "adult" album. Then "Join Us" happened, and it seems that they're not going to regain their sound from the 90's, which they probably shouldn't. At least I have their 90's stuff to listen to.
 
2012-03-14 09:28:27 AM

Bluemookie: zez: Bluemookie: but bailed when they started with the back-to-back Barney soundtrack shiat.

Some of their best and catchiest songs are on "that Barney shiat", give it a try.

I didn't have a problem with "No". I listened to a few songs off here come the 123's or here come the abc's or whatever came next, and it just sounded like stuff Elmo would sing. Figured I would wait for another "adult" album. Then "Join Us" happened, and it seems that they're not going to regain their sound from the 90's, which they probably shouldn't. At least I have their 90's stuff to listen to.


Get "Here Comes Science." You won't regret it.
 
2012-03-14 09:31:33 AM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Growing up, people who were fans of TMBG past "Flood" were always the people who were really into Weird Al and soundtracks from musicals. Just really, really questionable taste in music that couldn't deal with songs that weren't laden down with gimmicky production and easy-read lyrics.


Now that's how you troll
 
2012-03-14 09:52:30 AM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Growing up, people who were fans of TMBG past "Flood" were always the people who were really into Weird Al and soundtracks from musicals. Just really, really questionable taste in music that couldn't deal with songs that weren't laden down with gimmicky production and easy-read lyrics.


9/10

This is guaranteed to hook and hold. Bring in something slightly more mainstream (Weird Al), then go for the nuts (musicals). No mention of the posters musical tastes. Simple. Elegant. It's 90 lb. test line of the best troll I've seen in a while.

pictures.mastermarf.com
 
2012-03-14 10:01:43 AM

fusillade762: zarberg: So TMBG haters, tell us the pinnacles of rock/alternative music that you listen to that are so much better than the band being discussed here?

Yeah, so we can mock your musical taste even more.


Awwww, it's too bad you're so insecure about yourself that you feel the need to mock others. You keep on listening to mainstream stuff and things your friends think are "cool" - you can cry yourself to sleep at a later time when no one else is around about your empty life.
 
2012-03-14 10:10:13 AM
Always enjoyed TMBG. In a similar vein I liked Jonathan Richman post modern lovers stuff and Stump. There are a few Tom Waites song "chocolate jesus" and "pastries and a g-string" that TMBG fans might enjoy. Ill get out of the way for the Trolls to continue their work.
 
2012-03-14 10:14:13 AM
I haven't followed them in years but I'm happy to say that one of my all-time favorite live shows was seeing them at the Living Room in Providence, RI sometime in the winter of 1989/1990. Flood was about to come out or had just been released, I can't remember. At the time, they were still performing on stage as just a duo (baritone sax & guitar), with the backing music consisting of three mic'd syncopated metronomes perched on three pedestals center stage that they'd reset for each song. They encored with Istanbul which at the time was pretty much unreleased and drove the tiny club into a frenzy. Good times . . .

/Saw them later with a full band, gotta say they were better as just a duo.
//also remember the very cute Warwick High girl I was chatting up at the show. Of course, I lost her number somewhere in the mosh pit that night, never saw her again . . .
///my lawn, get off it.
 
2012-03-14 01:07:44 PM

happydude45: Saw them last month at the Granada in Dallas. Great show. I'm glad they are still going strong.


I knew I saw you there.

j/k but man was I PISSED they didn't do statue. But was happy with Ana Ing
 
2012-03-14 01:16:16 PM
insert sarcastic comment -03-14 01:07:44 PM

happydude45: Saw them last month at the Granada in Dallas. Great show. I'm glad they are still going strong.

I knew I saw you there.

j/k but man was I PISSED they didn't do statue. But was happy with Ana Ing


Ha! I usually manage to get right up front. I like to watch the guitar playing up close.

That's the thing with good bands that last a long time. You never get to hear all of your favorites.

Granada does have some mighty fine shows. I probably see more there now than all the rest of the venues combined. They really have a good thing going there.
 
2012-03-14 01:19:53 PM

happydude45: insert sarcastic comment -03-14 01:07:44 PM

happydude45: Saw them last month at the Granada in Dallas. Great show. I'm glad they are still going strong.

I knew I saw you there.

j/k but man was I PISSED they didn't do statue. But was happy with Ana Ing

Ha! I usually manage to get right up front. I like to watch the guitar playing up close.

That's the thing with good bands that last a long time. You never get to hear all of your favorites.

Granada does have some mighty fine shows. I probably see more there now than all the rest of the venues combined. They really have a good thing going there.


Ja they did Istanbul and Ana---so I should quit my biatchin. It was my first show at the Granada....I was impressed.
 
2012-03-14 02:55:52 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Growing up, people who were fans of TMBG past "Flood" were always the people who were really into Weird Al and soundtracks from musicals. Just really, really questionable taste in music that couldn't deal with songs that weren't laden down with gimmicky production and easy-read lyrics.


You sir are an artist. You should teach classes on trolling.

I give it a 10! A god damn 10!
 
2012-03-14 03:22:56 PM
I think the key to enjoying TMBG is to know you don't have to like every song they write. They write a lot of bad songs, even a lot of downright crappy songs. But over the years they're one of the more musically and instrumentally diverse bands, not afraid to experiment. If you're partial to their style at all it won't take long for them to come up with something you find endearing. This is unlike whole genres where different bands sound the same.

Could just be me, but I know exactly one self-proclaimed TMBG fan who I'd consider "hardcore". No one else I know really makes an effort to like them.

P.S. I don't know if a trolling comment deserves high scores if the only responses it gets are. . . high scores.
 
2012-03-14 03:34:58 PM

Bluemookie: I would ask if there's anyone here that actually likes their new CD, but I'm sure you're out there. I hung in up through The Spine, but bailed when they started with the back-to-back Barney soundtrack shiat. The new CD is NOT good. I'm not saying I wish they would go back to a different time. They did their "good" albums years ago.


I completely disagree with you. Speaking as a fan from the "Lincoln" days whose enthusiasm began to wane with "The Spine," I've found "Join Us" to be outstanding. It feels to me closer to the spirit of their earlier days, and I've enjoyed it immensely.
 
2012-03-14 11:36:47 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Growing up, people who were fans of TMBG past "Flood" were always the people who were really into Weird Al and soundtracks from musicals. Just really, really questionable taste in music that couldn't deal with songs that weren't laden down with gimmicky production and easy-read lyrics.


That was so good, I think you really love TMBG and have friends who love them. I gave you a 9 because I didn't feel you insulted people enough. Oh and choosing Weird Al was kinda a giveaway. 9/10
 
2012-03-15 03:00:39 AM
Saw TMBG in 1987, or 1988 at Mabel's in Champaign, Ill. The crowd totally got them then -- they chanted "VE-RY GOOD!! VE-RY GOOD!!"

Then I went to see them back home in Chicago at the Vic in 1990. Totally the opposite vibe. Some tried to slam dance to "Don't Let's Start". Disappointing, but they put on a good show. It started with a confounding presentation of a large U.S. postage stamp with spotlights and specially-written music.

I loved Apollo 18, especially the track "Fingertips". It was their "Revolution #9".
 
2012-03-16 12:23:33 AM

Bluemookie: Spine


TMBG is one of my all-time favorite bands, but I agree about their recent music starting with The Spine.

Good thing they had such a long string of strong albums with dozens of excellent songs. As usual, the best ones are not the singles:

Lincoln (1988)
Flood (1990)
Apollo 18 (1992)
John Henry (1994)
Factory Showroom (1996)
Mink Car (2001)
 
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