The And Of Rock Music Essay

2574 Words Nov 21st, 2016 11 Pages
They Might Be Giants throughout their career have been an incredibly subversive band. While many band’s highest charting singles might be about the perils or joys of love, They Might Be Giants’ biggest hit, 1990’s “Birdhouse In Your Soul” is sung from the perspective of child’s nightlight, musing on its job and on the evolution from lighthouse to nightlight. Their only two Grammy’s have been won for “Boss Of Me” and “Here Come The 123s”; the theme tune to “Malcolm In The Middle”, and an educational children’s album about numbers respectively. They were one of the first bands to interact with their fans via the internet on the alt.music.tmbg usenet newsgroup, and one of the first bands to sell their music online, leading to the band being the bestselling online artist of 1999 and 2001. They Might Be Giants always seemed to be ahead of the curve, and yet are relatively unheard of, and viewed by many as an atypical act in the Parthenon of rock music. Why?

After recording a cover of Yoko Ono’s avant-garde song “Don’t Worry Kyoko, Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow”, John Linnell and John Flansburgh left Lincoln-Sudbury High School in Boston, Massachusetts and went their separate ways. They would then meet again in 1981, moving into the same New York City apartment building on the same day. After playing in more “conventional” bands; Linnell playing keyboards and saxophone in New-Wave six-piece The Mundanes and Flansburgh playing guitar in The Blackouts, the two…

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