TMBG Countdown #11: Why Does the Sun Shine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JdWlSF195Y First release: Why Does the Sun Shine (EP), 1993 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) Another of the "science-songs" that made TMBG nerd icons long before the release...

TMBG Countdown #12: They’ll Need a Crane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XdqMGBZjGM First release: Lincoln, 1988 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) For some reason, most of my favorite "love song"s are about breakups, and this goes right up...

TMBG Countdown #13: When Will You Die

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSQ8tZ35t4U First release: Join Us, 2011 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) Join Us was a pure pleasure for most TMBG fans for a lot of reasons, not...

TMBG Countdown #14: Mammal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXD7YOoHpAs First release: Apollo 18, 1992 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) It must be impossible to count the number of They Might Be Giants fans who have benefitted...

TMBG Countdown #15: Spider

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmQYICF7ExU First Release: Apollo 18, 1992 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) The Johns claim this song originated as an afternoon playing with a sampler, which...

TMBG Countdown #16: Cloisonne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkIPH1C5Lts First release: Join Us, 2011 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) Four words: John Linnell, bass clarinet.

TMBG Countdown #17: Hotel Detective Suite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5ekProT4g8 Releases: They Might Be Giants (The Pink Album), 1986 Back to Skull (EP), 1994 Podcast 5A, 2006 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) OK, I'm definitely cheating a bit...

TMBG Countdown #19: I Should Be Allowed to Think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgztPP_CWNQ First release: John Henry, 1994 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) As we move into the teens in our countdown, we reach the first entry from...

TMBG Countdown #20: Older

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnT5JkGydVY First Release: Long Tall Weekend (1999) (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) Older is anthemic. I can't think of another TMBG song with as many studio variations. There's...

TMBG Countdown #21: Robot Parade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFg5eWbFxEw First Release: TMBG Unlimited (2000) (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) Originally written for graphic design group The Chopping Block, and featuring lyrics (according to the...

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