They Might Be Giants – Miscellaneous T

ARTIST: They Might Be Giants 220px-Misc_t

TITLE: Miscellaneous T

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation


SINGLES: These were single B-sides or remixes for singles

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Kiss Me Son of God, The World’s Address, (She Was a) Hotel Detective, Don’t Let’s Start – all of these in their singles remixes

LINEUP: John Flansburgh, John Linnell, and others

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: B-sides and a new track released as a good-bye to their independent label.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This is a compilation of all of the B-sides recorded and (mostly) released for their Restless Records singles.

It shows the group as profilic, and as always, a good imitator of genres on all kinds of instruments. (“The Famous Polka” for one). As with any odds-and-sods collection, there are highs and lows, and they’re no different. However, for the most part these are enjoyable trifles and novelties. But there are definitely highlights – songs that could have been released on their own (at least I think so).

NOTES & MINUTIAE: In the UK, there was an earlier version that included all of the songs except “Hello Radio”. Also there’s a track of an answering machine conversation left on the bands Dial-A-Song.


 GRADE B+: “For Science”, “We’re the Replacements’, “It’s Not My Birthday”, “Birds Fly” are just examples of the tossed-off weirdness and wonder.

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