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2013-03-30 04:21:09 PM  

LesterB: Everyone says they are awesome in concert, but we took our kids to see them after "No" came out, and we were very unimpressed. There wasn't that much fun stuff for the kids, just standing and doing the numbers, and that was it. Maybe they put less effort into the kid-oriented concerts?

/YMMV obviously


One of the shows I went to was right around the time Here Comes Science was released.  Most of the show was "regular" TMBG material.  They also had a couple of segments hosted by sock puppets singing the Science material.  It wasn't a show specific to children, but everybody in the audience, regardless of age, had a great time.
 
2013-03-30 04:25:29 PM  
I will never type the word procrastinate again.
 
2013-03-30 04:27:09 PM  
I thought they were the Replacements...
 
2013-03-30 04:29:31 PM  

ItchyMcDoogle: As someone who bought their first album in the 80's and called Dial-a-song now and then, it always brings a smile to my face knowing that they are still kicking around. They are masters of the earworm
//Apollo 18 is a underrated gem!
///Dammit now I have Anna Ang stuck in my head


TMBG Dial-a-Song was the greatest thing ever done by anyone during my lifetime.
 
2013-03-30 04:45:41 PM  
I've found a new friend underneath my pillow!

/blue canary in the outlet
//by the light switch
//WHO WATCHES OVER YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
 
2013-03-30 05:01:06 PM  
Subby saw an article while the rest of us saw bad coding. But no one tell him, he hasn't been well for a while. In fact he's been yelling at the microwave for an hour because it won't show Magnum PI. Just go along with it, he means well.

Sincerely, Sanchotag
 
2013-03-30 05:01:20 PM  
 
2013-03-30 05:03:47 PM  

Shadowtag: Subby saw an article while the rest of us saw bad coding. But no one tell him, he hasn't been well for a while. In fact he's been yelling at the microwave for an hour because it won't show Magnum PI. Just go along with it, he means well.

Sincerely, Sanchotag


People who like TMBG also are bad coders.

I know, I used to sleep with one.  She had a job as a webmaster (remember when that was a job) and I coded her stuff for her because she had no clue. She also tried to find deeper meaning in songs like "Birdhouse in my soul" or whatever the stupid song is.
 
2013-03-30 05:07:06 PM  

derpy: People who like TMBG also are bad coders.


Yeah I would agree, having no training in it, I'd probably be shiatty at it.
 
2013-03-30 05:17:10 PM  

The Bestest: El Pachuco: The Bestest: I've never actually read Salon and have no idea what I'm talking about.

All you've proved is that Salon -used- to be something (and I agree.. I used to like it).

Now? It's a crappily coded website with nothing of real value anyway.


MINIMUM WAAAAAAAGE! Hyaa!
 
2013-03-30 05:25:29 PM  
Finally got to see them live a few weeks ago, on New Pope Day in fact. The last time they were in town I was too young (under 21) to get into the venue.

As has been said, they do an amazing show. Great banter between songs and a very down-to-Earth atmosphere, the Johns even personally handed out stickers and other memorabilia after the show.
 
2013-03-30 05:35:48 PM  
TMBG, great band.

BUT

Why do we look to any entertainer for political commentary at all?  Has not Bill Mahr (Mr Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death himself) proven that the schtick wears off fairly quickly but the smell lingers on long after they think they have said something important?

These people do not live in the real world.  Their opinion is just as valid as anyone else's but of much less interest as it does not relate.
 
2013-03-30 05:36:37 PM  
One Ring Zero is the band They Might Be Giants should have been. They milk the nerd-cred way too hard.
 
2013-03-30 05:39:25 PM  

quatchi: I  love articles without words and a vid that won't play for me.

That noted TMBG are teh awesome in concert.


Seconded on both counts. Was there supposed to be an article there?


Ablejack: TMBG Dial-a-Song was the greatest thing ever done by anyone during my lifetime.


Free when you call from work!
 
2013-03-30 05:48:04 PM  
Shpidah!! He is our hero!

Shpidah!! Get rid of...

Shpidah!! Step on Spidaaaaaah!!!

Shpidah!! We love you, Spidah!

I promise not to kill you.
 
2013-03-30 05:49:39 PM  

GreenAdder: I find it amazing that they're on their 16th album but hardly anyone discusses their work beyond the early 90's. For shame. Their material between then and now has just been gold.


I fidn it amazing that an anti-religious website community like farkers would talk about enjoiying the band who wrote Birdhouse in Your Soul. I figured they would be ripping them to shreds.
 
2013-03-30 05:54:29 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: GreenAdder: I find it amazing that they're on their 16th album but hardly anyone discusses their work beyond the early 90's. For shame. Their material between then and now has just been gold.

I fidn it amazing that an anti-religious website community like farkers would talk about enjoiying the band who wrote Birdhouse in Your Soul. I figured they would be ripping them to shreds.


Bless your heart.
 
2013-03-30 05:56:46 PM  

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Oh, well, debate closed.
 
2013-03-30 06:05:24 PM  
I'm sure the 118 people and their racist friends that make up the central fan base are pleased.
 
zez
2013-03-30 06:13:52 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Finally got to see them live a few weeks ago, on New Pope Day in fact. The last time they were in town I was too young (under 21) to get into the venue.


When I was in my 20's and saw them all the time (I think my record was 7 times in 5 days) all their shows were all ages shows and now that I have kids who LOVE TMBG they can't get in. Is it the venues or the bands, what's changed? Even as a college kid I always liked that Giants' shows were a family affair.
 
2013-03-30 06:28:41 PM  
How can that band possibly still matter. How did it ever matter.
 
2013-03-30 06:29:31 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: GreenAdder: I find it amazing that they're on their 16th album but hardly anyone discusses their work beyond the early 90's. For shame. Their material between then and now has just been gold.

I fidn it amazing that an anti-religious website community like farkers would talk about enjoiying the band who wrote Birdhouse in Your Soul. I figured they would be ripping them to shreds.


I don't understand this post. Please explain.
 
2013-03-30 06:30:11 PM  

jaybeezey: I'm sure the 118 people and their racist friends that make up the central fan base are pleased.


Citation needed.
 
2013-03-30 06:33:41 PM  

zez: God-is-a-Taco: Finally got to see them live a few weeks ago, on New Pope Day in fact. The last time they were in town I was too young (under 21) to get into the venue.

When I was in my 20's and saw them all the time (I think my record was 7 times in 5 days) all their shows were all ages shows and now that I have kids who LOVE TMBG they can't get in. Is it the venues or the bands, what's changed? Even as a college kid I always liked that Giants' shows were a family affair.


It's the venues. The place I saw them at both times had kids of all ages there with their parents for the show. So it's certainly not the bands setting the age minimum.
 
2013-03-30 06:43:57 PM  

quatchi: I  love articles without words and a vid that won't play for me.

That noted TMBG are teh awesome in concert.


Gotta agree.  Tag should be video, so I know to avoid it.
 
2013-03-30 06:57:10 PM  
I've been listening to Nanobots (their most recent album) a lot lately.
 
2013-03-30 07:03:38 PM  

Trollin4Colon: GreenAdder: I find it amazing that they're on their 16th album but hardly anyone discusses their work beyond the early 90's. For shame. Their material between then and now has just been gold.

They'll rue the day they did that "Tiny Toons" episode if they haven't already.


They'll sink MANHATTAN, right under the sea
 
2013-03-30 07:06:00 PM  
Oh, and as the father of a toddler, I thank god daily for TMBG's kids albums.

Here Come the ABCs
Here Come the 123s
Here Comes Science
No!
Bed Bed Bed

We have all of those.  It's great to heave kids music that doesn't suck, because you have to listen to it a lot.
 
2013-03-30 07:33:13 PM  

Doc Daneeka: It's great to heave kids music that doesn't suck, because you have to listen to it a lot.


How far do you throw it? Or do you just throw it up?
 
2013-03-30 07:41:56 PM  
The fans did a video for can't keep johnny down that was amazeballs.
 
2013-03-30 07:57:05 PM  

Ablejack: ItchyMcDoogle: As someone who bought their first album in the 80's and called Dial-a-song now and then, it always brings a smile to my face knowing that they are still kicking around. They are masters of the earworm
//Apollo 18 is a underrated gem!
///Dammit now I have Anna Ang stuck in my head

TMBG Dial-a-Song was the greatest thing ever done by anyone during my lifetime.


I wonder if they still have it up and running. I did hear its still there not too many years ago
 
2013-03-30 08:00:26 PM  

ItchyMcDoogle: Ablejack: ItchyMcDoogle: As someone who bought their first album in the 80's and called Dial-a-song now and then, it always brings a smile to my face knowing that they are still kicking around. They are masters of the earworm
//Apollo 18 is a underrated gem!
///Dammit now I have Anna Ang stuck in my head

TMBG Dial-a-Song was the greatest thing ever done by anyone during my lifetime.

I wonder if they still have it up and running. I did hear its still there not too many years ago


They disconnected the phone line, but they put up a podcast at dialasong.com.
 
2013-03-30 08:47:51 PM  
The only reason we know about them is the Tiny Toons videos.
 
2013-03-30 09:08:47 PM  
The Sun is a miasma of incandescent plasma.

/Forget that song
//They got it wrong
That thesis has been rendered invalid
 
2013-03-30 09:11:20 PM  

xkillyourfacex: How can that band possibly still matter. How did it ever matter.


No band matters.

Thou shalt not put musicians and recording artists on ridiculous pedestals no matter how great they are or were.
The Beatles: Were just a band.
Led Zepplin: Just a band.
The Beach Boys: Just a band.
The Sex Pistols: Just a band.
The Clash: Just a band.
Crass: Just a band.
Minor Threat: Just a band.
The Cure: Were just a band.
The Smiths: Just a band.
Nirvana: Just a band.
The Pixies: Just a band.
Oasis: Just a band.
Radiohead: Just a band.
Bloc Party: Just a band.
The Arctic Monkeys: Just a band.
The next big thing... Just a band.
 
2013-03-30 09:34:28 PM  
 
2013-03-30 09:40:01 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: xkillyourfacex: How can that band possibly still matter. How did it ever matter.

No band matters.

Thou shalt not put musicians and recording artists on ridiculous pedestals no matter how great they are or were.
The Beatles: Were just a band.
Led Zepplin: Just a band.
The Beach Boys: Just a band.
The Sex Pistols: Just a band.
The Clash: Just a band.
Crass: Just a band.
Minor Threat: Just a band.
The Cure: Were just a band.
The Smiths: Just a band.
Nirvana: Just a band.
The Pixies: Just a band.
Oasis: Just a band.
Radiohead: Just a band.
Bloc Party: Just a band.
The Arctic Monkeys: Just a band.
The next big thing... Just a band.


Yeah, but what about The Doors, man?
 
2013-03-30 09:42:59 PM  

The Bestest: The Salon is a horrible website, both technically and content-wise.


It used to be great. Believe it or not, in 1999 Salon was on the cutting edge of on-line journalism. I was a subscriber for 10 years. I gave that up a year ago. It should have been earlier. Their new site design was crapola, and I don't know why I put up with it for as long as I did.
 
2013-03-30 09:45:59 PM  

ItchyMcDoogle: //Apollo 18 is a underrated gem!


Actually, I hated "Apollo 18" and that's pretty much where we parted ways. "I Palindrome I"? Such an awesome name, such a complete letdown. I couldn't even get in to the "Mammal" song.
 
2013-03-30 09:52:09 PM  

ilikeracecars: < iframe width="440″ height="248″ src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/i0PaKXvDWQY" frameborder="0″ allowfullscreen></iframe >

Awesome


That's pretty political, alright.
 
2013-03-30 09:52:15 PM  

unlikely: Istanbul is not a TMBG song. They did a cover of it 23 years ago, but the original is from a group called The Four Lads, and was recorded in 1953.

 
2013-03-30 09:59:56 PM  

FlippityFlap: Glenn Greenwald left a few years back. I haven't seen a David Talbot article on there in a bit, but then again after that travesty of a site redesign, I didn't really care anymore. For a bit of what Salon offers today, be sure to read the fluff piece by Phil Spector's daughter where she criticizes a film about her dad that she admits she never even watched, and also tells everyone that her dad is super great even though he has a long documented history of being a complete psychopath. shiat site, shiat articles, and their heavyweight writer bailed. Do you own stock??


I didn't see this last time. Can I just add a big ole THIS?
 
2013-03-30 09:59:57 PM  

dennysgod: unlikely: Istanbul is not a TMBG song. They did a cover of it 23 years ago, but the original is from a group called The Four Lads, and was recorded in 1953.

Don't forget to mention that Jimi Hendrex's "All Along the Watch Tower" is a Bob Dylan song and that Johnny Cash "Hurt" was originally done by Nine Inch Nails.


Remembering that "Take it Easy" was a Jackson Browne song and most of The Beatles Second Album were covers.
 
2013-03-30 10:02:12 PM  

derpy: People who like TMBG also are bad coders.


As a pretty bad coder who does html for a living and also loves TMBG I can confirm this.
 
2013-03-30 10:07:20 PM  
I,

Waaaalk Aloooooone


Darkened Cooridooooooors.
 
2013-03-30 10:08:42 PM  
This is where the party ends
I'll just sit here wondering how you
Can stand by your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
You and your racist friend

- yeah, they all be hardcore politickin and speakin out about racism and stuff. i bet bono and tmbg get together for freon-fueled parties and talk politics long into the night and riff off of each other whilst writing new songs.
 
2013-03-30 10:13:12 PM  

Kevin72: dennysgod: unlikely: Istanbul is not a TMBG song. They did a cover of it 23 years ago, but the original is from a group called The Four Lads, and was recorded in 1953.

Don't forget to mention that Jimi Hendrex's "All Along the Watch Tower" is a Bob Dylan song and that Johnny Cash "Hurt" was originally done by Nine Inch Nails.

Remembering that "Take it Easy" was a Jackson Browne song and most of The Beatles Second Album were covers.


'warm leatherette' was by The Normal, not Grace Jones. the very fact that grace jones thought she should cover it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5QErPDNcj4">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=S5QErPDNcj4

(maybe david croenenberg's best film, and hollywood conspired to erase it from history by widely releasing a crap movie of the same name a few years later)
 
2013-03-30 10:29:32 PM  

GreenAdder: I find it amazing that they're on their 16th album but hardly anyone discusses their work beyond the early 90's. For shame. Their material between then and now has just been gold.


I'm guessing you have no kids.

TMBG are the only group that I can think of that has maintained an adult fan base while simultaneously creating a kid-music career. I've seen then live 3 times in the last four years, two of which were "family" shows featuring their all-ages music.

/watching all the parents get psyched when they played constantinople was hilarious
//at the adult show I was hoping they'd play "seven" off their numbers/math album "Here come the 1,2,3's"
///could do without "higglytown heroes"
 
2013-03-30 10:41:30 PM  
There's a knock at the door that I adore, there's a face at the window, a smiling yellow face, there's a knock on the door, and if I were at home, they'd find me there.

There's a note on the door that I would see, and the furniture's barely been moved from where it was, there's a note on the door, and the note will say "when it rains, it snows." When it rains, it snows, I wonder why. And now I know, that when it rains, it snows.

/Gripping commentary on the Iran-Contra scandal, that.
//farkin love TMBG
///Can't code for shiat.
 
2013-03-30 10:44:43 PM  

theorellior: The Bestest: The Salon is a horrible website, both technically and content-wise.

It used to be great. Believe it or not, in 1999 Salon was on the cutting edge of on-line journalism. I was a subscriber for 10 years. I gave that up a year ago. It should have been earlier. Their new site design was crapola, and I don't know why I put up with it for as long as I did.


THESE.

/A shadow of it's former self is shadowy.
 
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