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When I was 5, I was given my first ever CD album: Flood, by They Might Be Giants. They were – and are - my favourite band, a group my mother describes as "two guys who'd be computer/science geeks if they couldn't play any instruments".
After a 12 year absence, the Brooklyn duo behind They Might Be Giants (TMBG) is returning to Australia. Throughout late April and May they will be playing in capital cities and at the Groovin' The Moo festivals.
Finally, being over 18 now, I can attend their concert.
John Flansburgh and John Linnell started writing and performing their alternative songs 30 years ago, such as 'Dr Worm' and 'Birdhouse In Your Soul'. TMBG stand apart from, and above, the rank of many long-time performing bands whose songs pale in comparison to their early work. The recent albums from TMBG are fresh, innovative, and just as fun as their first songs.
The band is beyond insane. They reach to the depths of human emotions and describe scientific phenomena in funky tunes that make you want to jump up and dance.
Their service 'Dial-A-Song' is an example of their penchant for originality and quirkiness. From 1983 to 2006, people could place a call to a Brooklyn number which would play a TMBG song on an answering machine.
They have one album dedicated to the alphabet (Here Come The ABCs), another dedicated to numbers (Here Come The 123s) and yet another dedicated to science (you guessed it, Here Comes Science). At times, one can only wonder at what inspires the two Johns.
Some of their best lyrics come from their song 'Mammal' (Apollo 18, 1992):
Glass of milk Standing in between extinction in the cold
and explosive radiating growth
So the warm blood flows
Through the large four-chambered heart
Maintaining the very high metabolism rate they have
TMBG has garnered two Grammy Awards and is best known for the Malcolm in the Middle theme tune, 'Boss of Me'.
Tickets are well priced and are selling fast. Given their quirky leanings and love for the absurd, their live show promises to be an explosive winner.