They Might Be Giants

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They Might Be Giants
John Flansburgh and John Linnell
Origins Brooklyn, New York
Genre(s) Alternative rock
College rock
Children's music
Members John Flansburgh
John Linnell
Marty Beller
Dan Miller
Danny Weinkauf
Discography Extensive listing at
Producer Pat Dillett
Label Idlewild Recordings
The two Johns, powered by The Cheat! (Left: John Flansburgh, right: John Linnell)
John Linnell wearing a Homsar T-shirt
Marty Beller wearing a Coach Z T-shirt.
It was very circuitous. ... A photograph was taken of me wearing a Homsar shirt, which is one of the more obscure characters in Homestar. I was at an in-store thing wearing this shirt and a fan had taken a photograph of me signing their book or whatever, and the photograph of me showed up in some blog, and somebody made them aware of it. They were like, "Hey look, they're wearing your shirt, you guys," and so [the Brothers Chaps] knew that we were fans. And I guess Linnell kind of reached out to them and said, "You know, if there's anything you want us to do, if you have any musical needs for your site or whatever, we'd be certainly happy to help you guys out," and they took us up on that offer. We did a bunch of things with them— we did a jam session with the Homestar puppet, and they did this video for "Experimental Film"— and it's kind of a mutual admiration society. We really enjoy what they do.

— John Flansburgh, from a 2004 interview in the Tucson Weekly

They Might Be Giants is an alternative rock duo, comprising of two Johns: John Flansburgh and John Linnell, that has collaborated with The Brothers Chaps on several occasions.


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  • In Thy Dungeonman 3, there is an excerpt from Fingertips when you type something that doesn't compute with the game (beginning with "I don't understand you...").
  • Strong Sad quotes lyrics from They Might Be Giants' song "Don't Let's Start" in his blog: "Everybody dies frustrated and sad, and that is beautiful".
  • On January 30, 2008, They Might Be Giants "took over" Y-Rock on WXPN 88.5 as DJs, and featured An Important Rap Song.
  • At concerts on February 23 and July 29, 2008, They Might Be Giants' drummer, Marty Beller, wore a Coach Z T-shirt.

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