So I got this TOTALLY AWESOME Pink bracelet on Etsy! I don’t wear bracelets too much generally but I am soooooooooo in love with this one. There are a few more for sale.
Everyone really needs to listen to the first They Might Be Giants album.
Seriously, just go do it.
IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT I AM. (Well ok ok, technically I’m repeating “Don’t Let’s Start” and have been for the entire day, but I’ll get on to the rest of the album eventually.)
8) How you got into TMBG
Oh boy. Long version is here, here’s the short(ish) version.
My mom heard The Johns interviewed on NPR and thought they sounded different and interesting and like the sort of thing my dad might be into, so she bought him Pink. I know it was the only album out at the time, so I must have been 4. My dad never became a big fan but I do remember him playing it on occasion, and I remember really digging it.
Through childhood I would only buy/listen to oldies and classic rock on my own (my fav band was The Beatles) so I did not investigate TMBG further until I got to high school, but when I did start buying “BANDS WHO DIDN’T STOP MAKING MUSIC 30 YEARS AGO” albums I remembered them and started buying their stuff. They quickly became one of my very favourite bands and I ended up with all their studio albums, and enjoyed it when they were on Conan, but I somehow never quite felt the need to investigate them further. I knew that it was two guys and they were both named John and that they ran some thing called Dial-A-Song but that was about the extent of my knowledge.
Then came August 10, 2001, the day that changed my life forever. I woke up having had a dream about “whichever one of the Johns is the cute skinny one with the accordion” exchanging flirty e-mails with me. I spent the entire following day finding every single thing out I could about him, discovered that “the cute skinny one with the accordion” happened to have written all the best songs, and was really really intelligent and witty and generally perfect. Exactly a month later I went to my first show, the Mink Car instore, and the rest is history.
You wouldn't happen to know the name of the font on the Pink Album cover, would you?
I was hoping I could help you out with this—I have two friends (Apollo and Ant) who spend a WHOLE LOT OF TIME thinking about/researching TMBG album fonts. But unfortunately Ant informs me that Pink is one they’ve never been able to track down, and that it is “a source of neverending anguish” for them both. Sorry! I can answer about some other stuff…
1) The first TMBG song you heard
Well, when I was 4 or 5 my mom heard The Johns interviewed on NPR, and she thought they sounded really interesting and different and like the sort of thing my dad would like, so she bought Pink (which was the only thing out at the time—I’m old) for him. I don’t remember him playing it too much but he did enough for it to make an impression on me. So I heard the whole album, of course, but the song I got really REALLY into was “Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head”—I remember the bridge in particular would just crack me up.