They Might Be Giants

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They Might Be Giants
Years Active 1982-
Members Current:
John Flansburgh (1982—)
John Linnell (1982—)
Dan Miller (1998–)
Danny Weinkauff (1998–)
Marty Beller (2004—)
Former:
Dan Hickey (1997—2004)
Brian Doherty (1993—1997)
Graham Maby (1993–1998)
Eric Schermerhorn (1996–1998)

They Might Be Giants (often abbreviated as TMBG) is an American rock band known for their quirky, intellectual songs. They have had numerous ties to TV, including performing on shows and contributing theme songs and incidental music to numerous programs and commercials.

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Biography

They Might Be Giants started in 1982 with just the two Johns, John Flansburgh (guitar) and John Linnell (accordion/keyboards), with a drum machine. They stayed that way until the early 90's, when they recruited a full band. They've released 13 albums since 1986.

Roles

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Tiny Toon Adventures Music performer 1x51 - Tiny Toon Music Television February 1, 1991
Malcolm in the Middle Themselves (Music Video), Daniel Von Bargen (Edwin Spangler), Eric Nenninger (Cadet Eric), John Michael Miller (Lifeguard), Amanda Fuller (April), Marsha Clark (Babysitter), Laura Roth (Teenage Girl), Jared McVay (Elderly Man), Adam Vernier (Large Man), Kasan Butcher (Joe) 1x16 - Water Park May 21, 2000
Home Movies 4x09 - Camp January 11, 2004

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno July 5, 1992
Late Night with Conan O'Brien October 26, 1993
Recovery March 27, 1997
The Daily Show September 10, 2001
The Screen Savers June 12, 2002
Nick News with Linda Ellerbie March 23, 2003

Musical Performances

Series Song Title(s) Episode Airdate
Nick Rocks "Why Does the Sun Shine?" 1985
The Joe Franklin Show  ??? December 17, 1985
The Arsenio Hall Show "They'll Need a Crane" June 15, 1988
120 Minutes "I'll Sink Manhattan"
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople"
"Letterbox"
"Your Racist Friend"
December 25, 1988
Record Guide '88 "I'll Sink Manhattan"
"Lie Still Little Bottle"
1988
Late Night with David Letterman "They'll Need a Crane" February 1, 1989
Post-Modern MTV "Letterbox"
"Lucky Ball and Chain"
"Maybe I Know"
Whistling in the Dark"
July 1989
Nick Rocks "Nick Rocks ID" 1989
120 Minutes "Particle Man"
"Where Your Eyes Don't Go"
February 4, 1990
Top of the Pops "Birdhouse in Your Soul" March 1990
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson "Birdhouse in Your Soul"
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"
April 3, 1990
Late Night with David Letterman "Your Racist Friend" May 12, 1990
The 8:15 from Manchester "Birdhouse in Your Soul" 1990
120 Minutes "Mammal"
"She's Actual Size"
April 26, 1992
Late Night with David Letterman "I Palindrome I" May 19, 1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno "The Guitar" July 5, 1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno "The Statue Got Me High" July 5, 1992
Late Night with David Letterman  ??? February 19, 1993
120 Minutes "Why Does the Sun Shine?" September 5, 1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "Why Does the Sun Shine?" Show 32 October 26, 1993
120 Minutes "Why Does the Sun Shine?" October 1994
120 Minutes "AKA Driver" October 6, 1994
120 Minutes "Snail Shell" October 19, 1994
Good Morning America "Dirt Bike" October 30, 1994
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "AKA Driver" Show 261 October 31, 1994
The Jon Stewart Show "Destination Moon"
"Snail Shell"
1994
Sound FX "Dirt Bike"
"Spy"
"The Guitar"
March 15, 1996
The Larry Sanders Show "S-E-X-X-Y" September 21, 1996
Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular "Doctor Worm"
"They Got Lost"
October 11, 1996
The Spud Goodman Show "How Can I Sing Like a Girl?" 1996
Viva Variety "Till My Head Falls Off" February 15, 1997
Recovery "S-E-X-X-Y"
"Till My Head Falls Off"
March 22, 1997
The Daily Show "I Can Hear You" December 15, 1999
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "Boss of Me" Show 1274 May 25, 2000
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno "Boss of Me" February 5, 2001
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn "Boss of Me" February 6, 2001
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "Older" Show 1385 February 15, 2001
Top of the Pops 2 "Birdhouse in Your Soul" July 1, 2001
Top of the Pops "Boss of Me" July 27, 2001
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "Man, It's So Loud in Here" Show 1472 September 7, 2001
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "Robot Parade"
"G-L-O-ckenspiel
"Shoehorn with Teeth"
May 8, 2002
The Screen Savers "Bed, Bed, Bed"
"Older"
"Robot Parade"
"Shoehorn with Teeth"
July 17, 2002
The Early Show "Bed, Bed, Bed"
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"
August 2, 2002
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "No!"
"Clap Your Hands"
Show 1625 August 13, 2002
The Screen Savers "Older" December 26, 2002
Call for Help "Older" January 6, 2003
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "Alphabet of Nations" February 15, 2003
The Screen Savers "Au Contraire"
"Wicked Little Critta"
November 4, 2003
The Screen Savers "Particle Man"
"Stalk of Wheat"
December 4, 2003
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "Experimental Film" Show 1941 August 13, 2004
Today "Alphabet of Nations" February 12, 2005
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "I'm Impressed" Show 2444 July 13, 2007
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson "The Mesopotamians" Show 579 October 12, 2007
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson "Alphabet of Nations" Show 583 October 18, 2007
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "Seven" Show 2559 April 10, 2008
Late Night with Conan O'Brien "The Mesopotamians" Show 2719 February 12, 2009
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon "Meet the Elements" Show 126 October 6, 2008
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson "Why Does the Sun Shine?"
"Why Does the Sun Really Shine?"
Show 998 December 11, 2009
Good Morning America "Get Up And Go"
"Santa Claus"
December 20, 2009

Theme Song Performances

The following are theme songs performed by They Might Be Giants that appear as opening and/or closing themes of various programs. Some were written for the show, some were previously written songs and a couple were reworkings of the program's previous theme

Awards and Accolades

Grammys

2001

(1 Nomination/1 Win)

  • Won: Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
They Might Be Giants - "Boss of Me" (main theme)

Trivia

  • Two of They Might Be Giants' songs were made into animated music videos for an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures: "Particle Man" and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)". Both videos featured Plucky Duck — the former had him as a fighter in a wrestling ring, and the latter as a thief in Istanbul. In one of the segments where Buster and Babs Bunny introduced the videos by TMBG, Buster asked, "Who are these guys?"
  • They Might Be Giants appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien more than other rock band, with a total of 13 appearances.

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