Why do people love: They Might Be Giants

Over their 30+ year career John Flansburgh and John Linnell have turned writing and performing quirky music with a heart into a career.  During this time, their biggest hits have been Don’t Lets Start, Istanbul (Not Constantinople), and Particle Man.

That’s not to say they haven’t written some indelible songs that didn’t garner radio attention.  Number Three, We Want A Rock and Kiss Me Son of God deserve to be classics in their own right.  But why do people love them?

From their 1999 album Long Tall Weekend, comes a song called On Earth My Nina.  It’s clearly sung backwards, but somehow it still works.  At any rate, somehow they are all still words being said.

Which begs the questions, what happens if you reverse the track?

(sigh: that was the only version I could find on youtube)

Ok, less than dramatic conclusion.  For those who even cared to do that, coupled with the group of people familiar with the TMBG catalog of songs, you arrive at this realization.

From their album The Spine, they released an album version of a song they’d been performing live for several years, Thunderbird.

Yes, they reversed Thunderbird, wrote down what they heard, and turned it into a song.  How freaking cool is that?!

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