A new video of the “Disco Lover” single made by Ant. This is by a performance art act called Frieda which ummm was a giant doll dancing around. She opened for TMBG sometimes in the early days, and Flans is playing guitar on this song. Also the woman who was Frieda, Barbara Lipp, designed the Flood logo (and did some other graphic design stuff for TMBG).
1. I really like the just-accordion-and-vocal arrangement of this song
2. John messes up and he always gets all smiley and embarrassed when he does that and IT’S REALLY FUCKING CUTE
REMINDER THAT A VIDEO OF A LIKE 19-YEAR-OLD JOHN LINNELL PLAYING ASTEROIDS TO A NEW WAVE SONG IS A THING THAT ACTUALLY EXISTS BECAUSE IT IS A TRULY MAGICAL WORLD WE LIVE IN
Here’s a (crappy crappy, sorry!) video of The Johns being on a public access show, playing Apollo 18 songs and other songs, and just generally being ADORABLE AS FUCK. (“I wanna be the giraffe, ok?”)
This promotional video for Apollo 18 covers such important topics as the themes included in the album, how power spheres work, and the importance of nurturing the hole in the world’s cultural doughnut.
"When Will You Die" in Brooklyn, 4/16/13. HAVE I MENTIONED EVERYTHING IS 3822334x BETTER ON ACCORDION? (Particularly when it’s one of his prettiest accordions.)
Rare 1988 taping of They Might Be Giants performing Don’t Let’s Start on the UK television show Big World Cafe
"Good morning Quinn! How would you like a video of TMBG playing their very very best song, and did we mention that John has long sexy hair and a big beautiful accordion and is just generally HOT BEYOND BELIEF?" Well, DON’T MIND IF I DO. Just hearing those opening notes, before you could even see them, I was sitting here smiling really hard just because GOD, THIS SONG, THIS BAND, THIS MAN, GOD.
This is greatness. Their reactions to this vapid talking head who has no clue who she’s talking to are priceless.
I KNOW RIGHT? I move that The Johns should be interviewed by total idiots on a regular basis just so they can say more FUCKING AMAZING THINGS. I like how their reactions to her idiocy are different and so representative of them—John is not even trying to hide how irritated he is but Flans just seems amused.