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Format: CD
Sku: 61012337
UPC: 601143104121
UPC 14: 00601143104121
Release Date: 7/13/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Experimental Film ~ They Might Be Giants
2. Spine ~ They Might Be Giants
3. Memo To Human Resources ~ They Might Be Giants
4. Wearing A Raincoat ~ They Might Be Giants
5. Prevenge ~ They Might Be Giants
6. Thunderbird ~ They Might Be Giants
7. Bastard Wants To Hit Me ~ They Might Be Giants
8. World Before Later On, The ~ They Might Be Giants
9. Museum Of Idiots ~ They Might Be Giants
10. It's Kickin' In ~ They Might Be Giants
11. Spines ~ They Might Be Giants
12. Au Contraire ~ They Might Be Giants
13. Damn Good Times ~ They Might Be Giants
14. Broke In Two ~ They Might Be Giants
15. Stalk Of Wheat ~ They Might Be Giants
16. I Can't Hide From My Mind ~ They Might Be Giants
With their unique blend of catchy melodies and inscrutable lyrics, They Might Be Giants have lived a twenty-year frenzy of creative output, selling over three million albums and winning a Grammy in the process. The Spine is TMBG's new release, and has been heralded as their most rocking album ever.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote They Might Be Giants: John Flansburgh, John Linnell.
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Dan Miller (guitar); Danny Wienkauf (bass instrument); Marty Beller (drums).
Muze PNote A new THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS release is somewhat akin to an issue of Mad Magazine with a bonus CD; wit, sarcasm, and satire abound, accompanied by all manner of sonic finery. Though Johns Flansburgh and Linnell are best known for the cartoonish, humor-filled aspect of their songs, there's often something deeper lurking below the surface. On THE SPINE, while there's as much quirky cleverness as on previous TMBG albums, there seems to be more of an emotional core to many of the tracks.
Muze PNote There's a palpable sense of disillusionment and dislocation at the heart of "Memo to Human Resources," brought home by a melancholy, Beatles-like structure. The post-New Wave power pop of "Broke in Two" strolls gingerly through the shards of a painful past. The protagonist of "I Can't Hide from My Mind" is engaged in the confusing process of finding his own center. Of course, there's plenty of jubilant absurdism in the grand Giants tradition, as well, but THE SPINE has more to offer those willing to listen closely for it.

Producer: They Might Be Giants; Pat Dillett

Engineer: Pat Dillett

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Muze Music Compilations Disney Junior Dj Shuffle
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Muze Music Compilations Disney Classics
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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/13/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 431 041
Music Label Name Label : Idlewild Recordings
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00601143104121

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.116)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "TMBG maintain their characteristic mix of playful absurdism and deeper melancholy in matured, two-minute marvels..."

Q (p.119)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "It's packed with sweet, oft-piste songs..."

Uncut (p.97)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "Lyrically, the territory they cover is still perversely eclectic..."

Magnet (p.108)
- "The two Johns delight in offering a shiny surface replete with singalong hooks and crafty riffs, but their secret weapon has always been their depiction of common human fears and frailties."

CMJ (p.4)
- "Hook-laden and rife with their patented clever lyrics, THE SPINE is classic They Might Be Giants: hard not to love, and will have everybody jumping."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he tunes are agreeable enough, as is their unhinged wit."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   They Might Be Giants
Product attributeLabel:   Zoe Records (rounder)
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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