They Might Be Giants

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Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

John Flansburgh (6 May 1960, Lincoln, Massachusetts, USA) and John Linnell (b. 12 June 1959, Lincoln, Massachusetts, USA) formed this New York, USA-based band in 1984 after an initial meeting in Massachusetts. The duo took the band’s name from a 1971 George C. Scott movie. Their original intention to recruit a full band was abandoned, but Linnell learned the accordion and Flansburgh mastered the guitar. Following Linnell’s broken wrist which decimated their early tour dates, they devised the ‘Dial-A-Song Service’, premiering their intelligent pop skills. A self-titled debut album in 1986 collated many of these early songwriting ventures, gaining the band a considerable cult reputation. MTV picked up on their quirky visual appeal, and Lincoln became the biggest-selling independent album of 1989 in the USA. With wry and perverse lyrics such as ‘I can’t help but feel jealous each time she climbs on his knee’ (‘Santa’s...

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