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They Might Be Giants
New Album - "The Spine"
(Cooking Vinyl)
Released 5th July 2004

Grammy Award winners They Might Be Giants, renowned for their solid song-craft, lyrical curiosity, and hyper-inventive style, are set to release their new album, “The Spine” on Monday 5th July.

The Spine is testament to how much the band continues to evolve and flourish. During their 20-year career, TMBG have sold over 3 million records and cut a crazy and unmatched swath through popular culture, continuously producing vital and scarily intelligent pop music that’s also catchy and enjoyable ART. Since their first show in 1983, they have been recognized variously as art-rock pioneers, college rock kings, MTV groundbreakers, prolific musical stuntmen, commercially successful pop icons, and, in recent years, as a true legend.

The Spine brings TMBG vivid brainstorming to life with an incredible range of songs: from the power pop "Experimental Film" and "Prevenge", to the down-right messed up "Bastard Wants to Hit Me", "Spine", and "Spines". Then there is the very grown-up, very real melancholy of "Memo to Human Resources" and "I Can't Hide from My Mind". Producer/engineer Pat Dillett, who first worked with TMBG fourteen years ago on the now-platinum Flood, lent a hand co-producing The Spine. Dillett has been behind the board for an extraordinary array of acts ranging from David Byrne to the Notorious B.I.G.

As well as creating music that has been an inspiration to two generations of discerning listeners, TMBG have also collaborated with NPR’s This American Life and Dave Eggers’ McSweeney’s literary journal. They have created music for numerous television programmes including The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Their song, Doctor Evil is featured in the 2000 film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and they have made more than 30 appearances on various US network television shows. In 2002 they won a Grammy for Boss Of Me, the theme to Fox TV’s Malcolm In The Middle.

Their 2002 children’s record No! was a smash, and exposed TMBG to an entirely new audience. In 2003, founders John Linnell and John Flansburgh collaborated with fine artists Marcel Dzama on another project for children – the book and CD set Bed, Bed, Bed.

Flansburgh and Linnell were profiled in the acclaimed 2002 documentary Gigantic (A Tale Of Two Johns), which featured appearances and interviews with a telling cross-section of the band’s fans, from Pixies founder Frank Black to author/NPR voice Sarah Vowell to TV hose Conon O’Brien to Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus to rock historian Michael Azerrad.

John Flansburg is also A&Ring Mission Accomplished: A Benefit for MoveOn.Org. and album due for release later this year, featuring a cavalcade of rock stars. Meanwhile, the creative team behind Homestarrunner.com is currently working on an animation of the song “Experimental Film”.

 
 
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