They Might Be Giants

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They Might Be Giants is an alternative music group formed by John Linnell and John Flansburgh in 1982. Jonathan Coulton has cited the duo as being one of his biggest influences. The group eventually expanded to involve a backing band, including drummer Marty Beller who is now also part of Coulton's unnamed band.

In 2009, a Coulton show in Chicago was up against They Might Be Giants playing a different venue in the same city. Aware of the large crossover between fans of both acts—as well as being a huge TMBG fan himself—Coulton was inspired to perform a set of TMBG songs at his own show. Together with Paul and Storm he covered the entirety of their acclaimed Flood album in between Paul and Storm's set and his own. When They Might Be Giants later invited him as the opener on a few tour dates in March 2010, Coulton jokingly credited the cover show. Coulton later opened for They Might Be Giants on their Join Us Tour from late 2011 to early 2012.

Coulton has since maintained close ties with the band. He eventually convinced them to start using Twitter, and his 2011 studio album, Artificial Heart was produced by Flansburgh, who also helped with some arranging and programming. The album also features TMBG's drummer Marty Beller, among other previous TMBG-collaborators.


Throughout their career, They Might Be Giants have released twenty-two, with one upcoming, studio albums:

  • They Might Be Giants (1986)
  • Lincoln (1988)
  • Flood (1990)
  • Apollo 18 (1992)
  • John Henry (1994)
  • Factory Showroom (1996)
  • Long Tall Weekend (1999)
  • Mink Car (2001)
  • No! (2002)
  • The Spine (2004)
  • Here Come the ABCs (2005)
  • The Else (2007)
  • Here Come the 123s (2008)
  • Here Comes Science (2009)
  • Join Us (2011)
  • Nanobots (2013)
  • Glean (2015)
  • Why? (2015)
  • Phone Power (2016)
  • I Like Fun (2018)
  • My Murdered Remains (2018)
  • Escape Team (2019)
  • BOOK (2021, not yet released)

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