They Might Be Giants

Best band ever

Basic info

They Might Be Giants is considered an alternative group. Their songs cover very strange topics for a song, and often have quirky music videos. The group was started by John Linnell and John Flansburgh, who had been friends in school. Their name is often abbreviated to TMBG. Later on, they got a backing band with Marty Beller, Dan Miller, and Danny Weinkauf.

Early years (1982–1989)

At their first concert, they were called El Grupo De Rock and Roll due to a large spanish speaking population. They got rid of this name quickly and took the name They Might Be Giants from a movie in 1971 where someone mistook windmills for evil giants. They chose this name not to try and say that one day they would be very successful (although they were). They choose it because they felt like small people looking out at a gigantic world outside. They quickly became popular with wordplay and different song topics.


When they suffered difficulties, like a broken wrist and having their apartment broken into, they couldn't perform anymore. They decided to do something they called dial-a-song. They would record the song on an answering machine and advertised the number in the newspaper. They received over one hundred calls at the peak of this service! Their constant listeners said they heard over five hundred different songs, including ideas for future songs and fake advertisements.

Elektra Records

The group signed with Elektra Records in 1989. The next year they released their third album. It was titled "Flood" and was popular largely due to "birdhouse in your soul". They were very successful in other albums, but Flood is considered one of their best because of Birdhouse in Your Soul.