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#21 Posted on 21.1.02 1609.33
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Originally posted by DrewDewce
BTW, when will we see a new paper cuts? Seems like its been awhile. (Of course, I could have just missed it, for some reason or another my online access at work has problems with accessing your site). Some other good columns over there to keep us occupied until then



Good question. Thanks for asking.

To be honest, I have NO clue. I'm a tad burned out and there's nothing really going on worth commenting about and I don't have the time for interviews right now, as much as I LOVE to do interviews.

However, feel free to suggest a topic and I'll see if I can come up with something. Thanks for the encouragement, though. I appreciate it. Glad to know I have a reader out there, too.



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#22 Posted on 21.1.02 1634.29
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I think the main problem with They Might be Giants, as good as they are, is that they came to prominence on the back of 'Birdhouse in your soul which was kind of a novelty record albeit a very good one, and hardly any bands/artists get anywhere on the back of a novelty record. and the album 'Flood' is (though very good) I think too quirky and hit or miss for them to make a major impression with.

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#23 Posted on 21.1.02 1701.42
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Also TMBG are a bit too diverse and confusing for people. They`re not easily pidgeonholed as anything other than rock music. They seem to be pretty happy with what They`re doing nowadays. Recording, touring, occasionally doing TV and commercial work.
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#24 Posted on 22.1.02 1334.03
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I'll have to make the obligatory Imogen Heap plug. She's one of the greatest female vocalists I've ever heard, but I don't know anyone who's ever even heard of her. And, out of the 15 or 20 people that I've had listen to her songs..I still only know one person that didn't like them.

But, all hope is not lost! Hopefully the Frou Frou album coming out in April will get her some fame.



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#25 Posted on 22.1.02 1654.42
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Actually I have heard of Imogen Heap. Someone was handing out 2 song sample cassettes of her a few years back at my college. I listened to it, and was not particularly moved one way or the other, but I'd give it another listen if you can throw a rec or two of her best songs to listen to up on the board.



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#26 Posted on 23.1.02 0039.19
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Anyone else remember For Squirrels? They had a semi-hit maybe 6 or 7 years ago with "The Might K.C.," but half the band promptly died in a van accident, which sucked hard. Their CD "Example" was really good.

As for TMBG, who here has the new album? Another quality effort from TMBG, IMO. And I don't see why a couple of those songs couldn't make rock radio. "Drink," for example. Or maybe Cyclops Rock.



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#27 Posted on 23.1.02 0616.36
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I remember For Squirrels. They were really big in Gainesville when I lived there. After I moved back home I heard about the accident, it was really sad.
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#28 Posted on 23.1.02 0639.26
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WHOO-HOO!!! Thank you all for the They Might Be Giants love. Makes me feel not alone in the world

I think SS hit it right on the head. The Johns never hit is big but the did enough to find a devoted following and they absolutely love what they are doing.

I also find it funny that many people have heard of TMBG but don't realize it. I enjoy hipping folks to the fact that they did the theme to Malcolm in the Middle.

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#29 Posted on 23.1.02 0711.09
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Originally posted by spf2119
One that comes to mind right away for me is Local H. They were a couple of good breaks and a good record co push away from just being HUGE I think.



There, I feel better now.



"Bound for the Floor" is still one of my all-time favorite songs.

I was actually hoping it was Local H and not Triple H making a comeback on Raw.


Even though they're huge up here in Canada, the Matthew Good Band should be able to make it big in the States, especially since they kick Nickelback's ass.





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#30 Posted on 23.1.02 1110.03
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Originally posted by Bullitt
I was actually hoping it was Local H and not Triple H making a comeback on Raw


Now that would have been truly cool. Especially if they followed in their usual Halloween tradition of playing shows as some other band. Local H returning as Triple H on Raw would have been the moment of the year for me



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#31 Posted on 23.1.02 1113.41
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Eep! You have heard of her, well..damn, that throws off my whole system

Song recommendations: Come Here Boy, Candlelight, Rake It In, and Wireless



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#32 Posted on 23.1.02 1124.19
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As for TMBG, who here has the new album? Another quality effort from TMBG, IMO. And I don't see why a couple of those songs couldn't make rock radio. "Drink," for example. Or maybe Cyclops Rock.

Mink Car is quality, I have 2 minor complaints about it.
1.) It doesn`t have the flow of a usual TMBG album. Not that Their albums aren`t diverse to begin with, but something`s off about the running order. Even Flans said as much in a recent interview.
2.) A lot of the songs were previously released, either online or somewhere else (another mix of Bangs is on the McSweeney`s project, Older is on the Malcolm soundtrack AND Long Tall Weekend MP3 album...). It doesn`t take away from the enjoyment of Mink Car, but it was slightly disappointing at first.
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#33 Posted on 23.1.02 1336.37
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Mink Car is quality, I have 2 minor complaints about it.
1.) It doesn`t have the flow of a usual TMBG album. Not that Their albums aren`t diverse to begin with, but something`s off about the running order. Even Flans said as much in a recent interview.
2.) A lot of the songs were previously released, either online or somewhere else (another mix of Bangs is on the McSweeney`s project, Older is on the Malcolm soundtrack AND Long Tall Weekend MP3 album...). It doesn`t take away from the enjoyment of Mink Car, but it was slightly disappointing at first.


Yeah, this is true. I always find myself putting it on shuffle. I was a little disappointed about all the previously released material as well, but at least they had the kindness to give us different versions, for the most part. What's your favorite song on that album? I'm a huge fan of "Hopeless Bleak Despair."



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#34 Posted on 23.1.02 1434.22
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My favourite song on Mink Car is "Man, It's So Loud In Here." First time listening the album, it took me a while to stop repeating that song over and over. My second would probably be "Hovering Sombrero." Other than "Mr. Xcitelment," I enjoy the whole album tho. The slowed-down version of "Another First Kiss" was cool, and while I had not heard the other version of "Bangs," I had heard "Older" from the Long Tall Weekend release, so I was kind of tired of it.

I was just disappointed in Mr. Xcitement. I expected a collaboration between the Johns and Doughty to have been more to my liking, but hey, I can't like ALL of their songs no matter how hard I try ;-)

I'm listening to a TMBG CD-R of all of my favourite stuff of theirs right now. Something around 150 songs or so, and I didn't even put some of the live stuff I've mined Morpheus for on there. I need to add those to finish the disc since most of Their songs are 2-3 mins it only filled up half of the disc with mp3's.

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#35 Posted on 23.1.09 1500.07
    Originally posted by Fazzle
    I'll have to make the obligatory Imogen Heap plug. She's one of the greatest female vocalists I've ever heard, but I don't know anyone who's ever even heard of her. And, out of the 15 or 20 people that I've had listen to her songs..I still only know one person that didn't like them.

    But, all hope is not lost! Hopefully the Frou Frou album coming out in April will get her some fame.



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Hey, Imogen Heap finally did get some pub. First the song in Garden State (by Frou Frou) then that song that was in the O.C. that was the #1 Electronica song on I-Tunes for about 2 years straight.
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#36 Posted on 23.1.02 1638.33
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I was just disappointed in Mr. Xcitement. I expected a collaboration between the Johns and Doughty to have been more to my liking, but hey, I can't like ALL of their songs no matter how hard I try ;-)

Have you heard Your Mom`s Alright? It was a promo/MP3 release and the other Doughty/TMBG song that was recorded. Are you a big Mike Doughty fan? He`s one of my favorites too, I`m psyched to see him in a few weeks in Philly. I highly recommend his solo album Skittish.

My favorite songs off Mink Car? Bangs, MISLIH, Mr. Xcitement, and Cyclops Rock.

TMBG`s Philly show last fall was unfortunately the same night as U2, who I already had tix for. But I did get to meet the Johns that day, plus I`ve seen Them eleven times.
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#37 Posted on 23.1.02 2036.19
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TMBG: "Ana Ng" rules.

Two bands that should've hit big in the US:

The Jam
XTC



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#38 Posted on 23.1.02 2328.55
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Originally posted by Eddie Famous

TMBG: "Ana Ng" rules.

Two bands that should've hit big in the US:

The Jam
XTC



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Oh yeah XTC. Somewhere in any list of my top 20 songs ever "Dear God" will always have a place of honor and respect.



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#39 Posted on 24.1.02 0415.22
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Originally posted by spf2119
Somewhere in any list of my top 20 songs ever "Dear God" will always have a place of honor and respect.


Curious: how come? I mean, it's a good song and all, but I always kinda thought its "edginess" was completely overrated.

Or maybe I'm just a "Making Plans for Nigel" kinda guy. ;-)



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#40 Posted on 24.1.02 0750.01
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I've always liked "Dear God" but it isn't my favourite XTC song. "The Mayor of Simpleton" "Across the Antheap" and "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" are more to my liking. Of course, that's just personal preference and "DG" is certainly a fine song.

IMHO, the Hoodoo Gurus is another band that should have broken bigger over here too. First I heard of them was the "Magnum Cum Louder" disc when I was in college. I immediately became a big fan and began hunting down their older albums. They're one of the few bands I liked who stayed great throughout the time I listened to them and finished things off with their best album ever "Blue Cave." Has Dave Faulkner done any solo stuff? News on them is few and far between.

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