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Brooklyn, New York, United States (1982 – present)

They Might Be Giants (TMBG) are an American band formed in 1982 in Brooklyn, New York, United States by John Flansburgh (vocals, guitar) and John Linnell (vocals, keyboards, accordion). During TMBG’s early years Flansburgh and Linnell were frequently accompanied by a drum machine. In the early nineties, TMBG became a full band. Currently, the members of TMBG are Flansburgh, Linnell, Marty Beller, Dan Miller, and Danny Weinkauf. They are best known for an unconventional and experimental style of alternative music. Over their career, the group has found success on the modern rock and CMJ charts. More recently they have found success in the children’s music genre, and in theme music for several television programs and films.
To date, TMBG have released 14 studio albums. Flood has been certified platinum and their children’s music album Here Come the ABCs has been certified gold. The band also won a Grammy Award in 2002 for their song “Boss of Me”, which served as the theme to Malcolm in the Middle. The band has sold over 4 million records.

Linnell and Flansburgh (often nicknamed “the two Johns” or “John and John”) first met as teenagers growing up in Lincoln, Massachusetts. They began writing songs together while attending Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School but didn’t officially form a band at that time.

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  • vivacubalibre

    it can not be the case that they are not giants

    11 Apr 1:10pm Reply
  • CountElvis

    Istanbul Not Constantinople? They Might be Giants? More like They Might be Muhammadans.

    3 Apr 5:38pm Reply
  • oh_jordan

    join us is still my favorite, honestly. i like nanobots a lot though.

    7 Mar 4:52pm Reply
  • D-WiTCHER

    @cateater whatever

    26 Feb 9:05am Reply
  • GandhiCat

    "Novelty rock for tweens." Isn't that what makes them so damn catchy?

    21 Feb 2:52am Reply
  • tresfoufou

    They may just be the nerdiest band in the world. And this makes them infinately awesome.

    2 Feb 2:22am Reply
  • cateater

    hi! I forgot your name

    10 Jan 10:39pm Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    So are they giants or not??

    8 Jan 3:23am Reply
  • vals81

    Here pics and impressions of the Berlin concert: http://itsonlymusicbutlive.com/2013/11/25/berlin-astra-they-might-be-giants-wampire/

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Nate999

    The kind of music your 10 year old son would want for christmas because his perception of rock music stems solely from the Malcolm in the Middle theme. Novelty rock for tweens.

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • osmark

    minimum waaaaaaaaaaaaage!! *chtchaaaa!*

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • p-hop

    Self titled album is still the best.

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MachineCoil

    They Might Be Giants is one of the most creative and original bands I've ever had the pleasure to listen to, but it is a sad truth that they are dismissed as a novelty act by stupid people.

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dubistheroots

    hey, folks! check out my cover for the song called 'she's an angel' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=656yICf0GDs

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Narcassist

    so are you or are you not giants make up your mind already

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • BiIIyShears

    Really surprised to find people here like Nanobots better than Join Us. Join Us was great, Nanobots was just meh.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • tylerswagar

    It took me a surprisingly high number of listens to hear Nanobots as one cohesive thing. The singular tracks were amazing, but the songs, particularly the miniature tracks, were so out-of-left-field from each other when compared to the seamlessness of something like Fingertips. I felt like I was listening to a higher quality version of They Might Be Giants vs. McSweeney's. Now I don't know why I ever thought that. It's a thing now! Hooray!

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • dubistheroots

    btw, i've just found out, that Tesla is one of the best track of the album. It so cute and tragic at the same time. yeah it sounds quite boring, but after couple listenings you'll feel how it emotional

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • dubistheroots

    it was quite unexpected for me to find the new album. and its really great! i can't stop listen to it

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • littleb109

    hey guis r u giants :-)

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
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