They Might Be Giants Facts
They Might Be Giants are John Flansburgh and John Linnell, from Brooklyn, New York.
Their currenty band-which is technically fantastic-includes Marty Beller, Dan "Solder" Miller, Danny Weinkauf
Their next album, set for an 2007 release, includes tracks produced by
the Dust Bros. and the beloved engineer from "Flood" Pat "P-Nice" Dillett
Their first show together was in the summer of 1982, and their first performance as
They Might Be Giants was in February of 1983. Their first album came out in December 1986.
·They Might Be Giants have sold over 4 million records.
In December 2005, They Might Be Giants began a monthly podcast available at iTunes and at tmbg.com.
·They Might Be Giants perform the theme and created all the incidental music for Comedy Central’s hit
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
They Might Be Giants composed and performed the song “Doctor Evil” that opens and closes
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
They Might Be Giants are the subject of the critically-acclaimed documentary film:
Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns, directed by AJ Schnack.
They Might Be Giants have had three Top Ten alternative radio singles and have broken the
Top 20 in the UK twice, with “Birdhouse in Your Soul,” (1990) and “Boss of Me,” (2001).
·They Might Be Giants won a Grammy in 2002 for the “Malcolm in the Middle” theme song, “Boss Of Me.” The band has performed
the song on The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien and Britain’s Top of the Pops. They Might Be Giants also wrote
the incidental music for the first two seasons of “Malcolm.”
They Might Be Giants have also written and performed theme songs for “The Oblongs,” "Higglytown Heroes,"
"Resident Life," and ABC’s “Nightline Primetime," as well as songs for “The Simpsons,” "Home Movies,"
"Dexter's Laboratory" and "Courage the Cowardly Dog."
They Might Be Giants have collaborated extensively with best-selling author and McSweeney's creator Dave Eggers.
The band created the CD soundtrack for McSweeney's #6, just recently brought back into print after selling out in its first weeks
of publication in 2001. They have also appeared together in a dozen McSweeney's Vs. They Might Be Giants performances
in major cities. In those shows They Might Be Giants have accompanied a wide range of authors, including
Zadie Smith, Nick Hornby, Sarah Vowell, Chris Ware, and David Rakoff.
They Might Be Giants collaborated with John Hodgman (humor writer, editor of the New York Times Sunday Magazine's
Funny Pages and correspondent on The Daily Show) on their latest CD/DVD set, Venue Songs, in which Hodgman
portrays The Deranged Millionaire. The songs in this unique collection were created on the band’s 2004 tour, each song penned
just before the show to capture the essence of that night’s venue.
They Might Be Giants have created two CDs of children's music - No! and Here Come the ABCs – and a children’s book
and CD set entitled Bed, Bed, Bed, illustrated by renowned fine artist Marcel Dzama of Winnipeg. Both albums were
released to unanimous praise and reached #1 on Billboard’s Children’s Music charts. Here Come the ABC’s won
Parenting Magazine’s Children’s DVD of the Year Award and two National Parenting Publications Awards (NAAPA).
They Might Be Giants are constantly touring in the U.S. and Canada. They have toured Europe eight times,
Japan and Australia four times, and New Zealand thrice.
They Might Be Giants have made 13 music videos and won an MTV Breakthrough Award for “Istanbul (Not Constantinople).”
Their video for “Don’t Let’s Start” was named one of the Top 100 Videos of All Time by MTV in 2001.
They Might Be Giants have created music that has been heard around the world in numerous advertisements including:
Chrysler, Coca-Cola, The Gap, Harman-Kardon, Dunkin’ Donuts, Play-Doh, Pizza Hut, and Dr. Pepper.
They Might Be Giants’ name is derived from a movie from 1970 starring George C. Scott
and Joanne Woodward, and is of no greater significance.