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The Technology of They Might Be Giants

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the julie-at-the-station-says-they'll-be-here-any-minute-now dept.

Music 75

Brian Heater writes "I recently did a two-part interview with John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants. It might be of interest, as we discussed the role of technology both in terms of their recording and distribution, from Dial-a-Song, to podcasts, to Myspace. Says John: 'All the song writing we do, we'll be working with a computer, just as a recording device, and maybe we'll be working with a program as a music-generating device. That's just the sound-making devices that are there. A lot of times it's good enough, but when you hear it played on a real instrument, it's much more persuasive and exciting. Or conversely, you've have some lumpy, homemade loop that has oodles of charm that you forget to leave on the final version of the song, because it seemed amateurish. Finding the balance is really the key for us. I'm very excited by the time we live in, but I feel like any time in the post-mechanical era would be good for me.'"

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Forget? (1)

tonsofpcs (687961) | more than 6 years ago | (#20231385)

How do you forget to leave (a loop/track) on the final version of (a) song, because it seemed amateurish? Sounds more like you purposefully remove it.

Re:Forget? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20231483)

TMBG are known for wordplay, Captain Obvious.

Re:Forget? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20231489)

A few years ago, while browsing around the library downtown, I
had to take a piss. As I entered the john a big beautiful all-American
football hero type, about twenty-five, came out of one of the booths.
I stood at the urinal looking at him out of the corner of my eye as he
washed his hands. He didn't once look at me. He was "straight" and
married - and in any case I was sure I wouldn't have a chance with
him.

        As soon as he left I darted into the booth he'd vacated,
hoping there might be a lingering smell of shit and even a seat still
warm from his sturdy young ass. I found not only the smell but the
shit itself. He'd forgotten to flush. And what a treasure he had left
behind. Three or four beautiful specimens floated in the bowl. It
apparently had been a fairly dry, constipated shit, for all were fat,
stiff, and ruggedly textured. The real prize was a great feast of turd
- a nine inch gastrointestinal triumph as thick as a man's wrist.

        I knelt before the bowl, inhaling the rich brown fragrance and
wondered if I should obey the impulse building up inside me. I'd
always been a heavy rimmer and had lapped up more than one little
clump of shit, but that had been just an inevitable part of eating ass
and not an end in itself. Of course I'd had jerk-off fantasies of
devouring great loads of it (what rimmer hasn't), but I had never done
it. Now, here I was, confronted with the most beautiful five-pound
turd I'd ever feasted my eyes on, a sausage fit to star in any fantasy
and one I knew to have been hatched from the asshole of the world's
handsomest young stud.

        Why not? I plucked it from the bowl, holding it with both
hands to keep it from breaking. I lifted it to my nose. It smelled
like rich, ripe limburger (horrid, but thrilling), yet had the
consistency of cheddar. What is cheese anyway but milk turning to shit
without the benefit of a digestive tract?

        I gave it a lick and found that it tasted better then it
smelled. I've found since then that shit nearly almost does.

        I hesitated no longer. I shoved the fucking thing as far into
my mouth as I could get it and sucked on it like a big brown cock,
beating my meat like a madman. I wanted to completely engulf it and
bit off a large chunk, flooding my mouth with the intense, bittersweet
flavor. To my delight I found that while the water in the bowl had
chilled the outside of the turd, it was still warm inside. As I chewed
I discovered that it was filled with hard little bits of something I
soon identified as peanuts. He hadn't chewed them carefully and they'd
passed through his body virtually unchanged. I ate it greedily,
sending lump after peanutty lump sliding scratchily down my throat. My
only regret was the donor of this feast wasn't there to wash it down
with his piss.

        I soon reached a terrific climax. I caught my cum in the
cupped palm of my hand and drank it down. Believe me, there is no more
delightful combination of flavors than the hot sweetness of cum with
the rich bitterness of shit.

        Afterwards I was sorry that I hadn't made it last longer. But
then I realized that I still had a lot of fun in store for me. There
was still a clutch of virile turds left in the bowl. I tenderly fished
them out, rolled them into my handkerchief, and stashed them in my
briefcase. In the week to come I found all kinds of ways to eat the
shit without bolting it right down. Once eaten it's gone forever
unless you want to filch it third hand out of your own asshole. Not an
unreasonable recourse in moments of desperation or simple boredom.

        I stored the turds in the refrigerator when I was not using
them but within a week they were all gone. The last one I held in my
mouth without chewing, letting it slowly dissolve. I had liquid shit
trickling down my throat for nearly four hours. I must have had six
orgasms in the process.

        I often think of that lovely young guy dropping solid gold out
of his sweet, pink asshole every day, never knowing what joy it could,
and at least once did, bring to a grateful shiteater.

Re:Forget? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20231649)

Thanks.
I'm going to put my chocolate bar down now.
Bastard, I was looking forward to it as well.

Re:Forget? (1)

John Napkintosh (140126) | more than 6 years ago | (#20235353)

He may not have meant that literally. Kind of "I didn't really realize I actually wanted that until now that it's too late".

Re:Forget? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20237143)

Some songs have hundreds of tracks. Yes it's easy to forget what you have sometimes. especially in a time sensitive production environment

Theme Song! (3, Interesting)

sg3000 (87992) | more than 6 years ago | (#20231409)

I can imagine there's huge overlap (okay fine, relatively large overlap) between Slashdot readers and fans of TMBG, with their clever lyrics and unusual song topics, such as Mesopotamians [apple.com], past presidents [apple.com], or even Linux users [apple.com].

So when is Slashdot going to pay They Might Be Giants to do a theme song? Fatboy Slim [apple.com] already did one, but there probably aren't as many fans on this board.

Continuing the them of TMBG using technology, I heard that their song Spider [apple.com] was originally created on a Macintosh just moments after they unboxed it. This was back when Apple first introduced 16-bit stereo (as opposed to 8-bit mono) recording capabilities in the early 1990s. I had heard TMBG used the box of said computer to also do some of the percussion for the song.

You're not the boss of me now! (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 6 years ago | (#20231907)

You can't make me go out and commission a theme song.

Re:You're not the boss of me now! (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 6 years ago | (#20232087)

but they did for Malcolm in the Middle :)

Istanbul was Constantinople. There. I said it.

Re:You're not the boss of me now! (1)

matt_gaia (228110) | more than 6 years ago | (#20237749)

Actually, being a parent, I also know that they did a number of theme songs for the pre-schooler Disney shows as well. They did, at least, the themes for Mickey Mouse Club House and Higglytown Heroes (and I know this from having the theme songs drilled into my head on Saturday and Sunday mornings), but I don't think that they did any shows for the morning block.

Re:You're not the boss of me now! (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 6 years ago | (#20245003)

good to know. I must have missed that somehow. my kids are too young for cartoons yet and I must have been too old ...

Re:Theme Song! (1)

rizzo420 (136707) | more than 6 years ago | (#20232525)

support apple much? geez. you couldn't post links to their own site? is stevie paying you?

when i buy my TMBG music, i buy it free of DRM and usually off their website.

Re:Theme Song! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20232707)

You realize that linking to iTunes on Slashdot is going to be counterproductive right? I mean, does anybody here both use Windows/OSX and *not* pirate all their music at the same time? /me goes to pirate a couple of those, as she's still without any legit way to buy (most) music with a Linux box.

Re:Theme Song! (1)

PenguSven (988769) | more than 6 years ago | (#20232753)

/me goes to pirate a couple of those, as she's still without any legit way to buy (most) music with a Linux box.
what, Linux doesn't work with CDs now?

Re:Theme Song! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20234269)

No, you can only listen to ogg on linux. Everybody knows that. While it is possible to listen to other formats, that doesn't make it right.

Get TMBG DRM free (1)

Nazlfrag (1035012) | more than 6 years ago | (#20232851)

Alternatively, you could visit the TMBG [tmbg.com] website, where you can purchase their music free of DRM, as well as sample free tunes and video clips.

Re:Theme Song! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20233023)

WTF??? All of your shitty links go to:

"One Moment Please."
"Connecting to the iTunes Store."
"Loading..."
"We are unable to find iTunes on your computer."
"If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or Windows Task Bar."

So just WTF is "iTunes" or the "Windows Task Bar" anyway? Is that something from Soviet Russia? or something that old people from Korea use? or are you just an insensitive clod?

Re:Theme Song! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20233255)

What a bitter little asshole. In fact, it seems /. is getting overrun with bitter little assholes and they think everyone else is entitled to their opinion. Say one thing that doesn't conform with their autistic view of the world and they jump on your ass. It used to start some intellegent point of view swapping but not anymore. Too many self interested punks here. Lighten up.

Re:Theme Song! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20236185)

Or...you just can't take a joke!

Re:Theme Song! (1)

Propaganda13 (312548) | more than 6 years ago | (#20233339)

I already commissioned Wesley Willis to write a theme song for Slashdot.

Me: We need a theme song for Slashdot.
Wesley: How about "Suck a Pitbull's Dick"?
Me: That's not what we were looking for.
Wesley: What about "Suck My Dog's Dick"?
Me: That's not much better.
Wesley: Oh, you don't like songs about dogs, How about "Suck a Camel's Bootyhole"?
Me: No.
Wesley: "Suck a Caribou's Ass"?
Me: No.
Wesley: "Suck a Panda's Cock"? "Lick a Donkey's Ass"?
Me: No.
Wesley: "Taste a Gorilla's Ass"? "Taste a Lechwe's Ass"? "Suck a Jackrabbit's Ass" "Lick a Llama's Ass"
Me: NO! No songs about sucking or licking or animal body parts.
Wesley: How about "Eat That Mule Shit"?

We settled on one of the four:
Your Mom Called
Casper the Homosexual Friendly Ghost
I'm Sorry That I Got Fat
Kill Whitey

and you're stuck with one of those because Wesley's dead.

Re:Theme Song! (2, Funny)

byolinux (535260) | more than 6 years ago | (#20234271)

Couldn't resist.

You are my favorite Editor of Slashdot.
You really rock it out.
You post harder than a magic kiss.
You whip a panda's Dick.

Rob Malda
Rob Malda
Rob Malda
Rob Malda

Rob Malda got on my nerves.
He slapped my Mom in the Ass.
He shot up my Dad's Station Wagon.
Then he came to my house and typoed my head.

Rob Malda
Rob Malda
Rob Malda
Rob Malda

After Eric Raymond smashed my Cock, he slashdotted my head.
Then 5 Gnus smashed my Gut.
My hands were tied.
My hands were also tagged.

Rob Malda
Rob Malda
Rob Malda
Rob Malda

Rock over London, rock on Chicago.

Slashdot -- News for nerds. Stuff that matters.

Re:Theme Song! (1)

djasbestos (1035410) | more than 6 years ago | (#20236771)

Huh, I always thought it was "magickist", like a magician who does magick instead of magic.

"Winamp...it really whips the llama's ass."

Just about every job today uses a computer. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20231415)

When it comes down to it, just about every job today involves the use of a computer.

Any job involving a cash register makes use of a computer.

Any job involving a vehicle makes use of a computer.

Any job involving the use of a cellphone makes use of a computer.

Most professionals, including doctors, lawyers and engineerings, depend heavily on computers.

Even a typical hooker has a digital watch (which makes use of a computer!) to remind her to service her customers.

So I think it'd be more interesting to read about a profession that makes absolutely no use of computers. That would take real talent.

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20231609)

Even a typical hooker has a digital watch (which makes use of a computer!) to remind her to service her customers.

Or they post ads at http://www.craigslist.org/ers/ [craigslist.org] (ers = "erotic services")

But beware. I once responded to an ad that promised a GFE; girl friend experience. She wanted me to watch Thelma and Louise with her, and then discuss my feelings afterwards. Worst $150 I ever spent.

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20231633)

Even a typical hooker has a digital watch (which makes use of a computer!) to remind her to service her customers.

Most escorts in my municipality (a Canadian city in southern Ontario) are self employed and use personal web sites and message boards to advertise their services and take appointments over ICQ.

I've also read on Wikipedia that using the Internet to promote one's service is fairly standard practice these days for escorts.

Footnote: I'm not sure why ICQ is the standard, probably because they were early adopters when ICQ was the most popular IM agent. I've heard that ICQ is still very popular in Europe but I'm talking about North American escorts, since that's where I live. ICQ also happens to be the de-facto standard for adult webmasters as well.

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (1)

Jonboy X (319895) | more than 6 years ago | (#20251535)

ICQ allows users to send messages directly to one another, whereas AOL's IM relays every message through AOL's servers.

That's why I used ICQ, back when I was with Al Qu...err, the Boy Scouts.

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20232127)

it's not too far a stretch for some of those to count the computers that control generators. You'd have to have a job that doesn't use electricity almost.

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (1)

darkgumby (647085) | more than 6 years ago | (#20232575)

Back in 1995 a local ISP had a call in contest on a radio show where they'd give $250 to somebody that could convince them that there was a job that would not benefit from the internet. I won the contest by telling them that I drove an ice cream truck and all of my customers were little kids. This was hypothetical and I told the host the truth. I was actually a programmer at the time. I am still not qualified to drive an ice cream truck.

I took $100 in cash and the rest in free internet access for several months. I stuck with that ISP until 2006 when I moved to an area that they do not service.

Not a pedophile, eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20232885)

I am still not qualified to drive an ice cream truck.
Not a pedophile, eh?

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (1)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 6 years ago | (#20233001)

That's odd. I can think of ways that driving an ice cream truck would benefit from the Internet.

Thanks to map tools like google maps you could plan better routes. I suppose you don't *need* the Internet to do that but it adds a level of convenience.

If it's a franchise of ice cream trucks we're talking about then they can use the Internet to communicate with all of their drives more efficiently (offering access to schedules from home, allowing drivers to IM each other etc.).

You can use the Internet to advertise. Not directly to your customers since they're little kids, of course, but to event organizers who's attendees would benefit from having concessions and such at the event (mini league baseball games and stuff ... ice cream trucks tend to find their way to those events anyway but I'm sure there's some non-obvious events where the possibility of mutually beneficial business relationships exist).

If you're a franchise you can use the Internet to help you find new drivers. If you're an individual you can use the Internet to find additional help that can lead into developing your business into a larger one.

You could set up a web page for your ice cream service and advertise it on the packaging of each sale and in big letters on your truck. You could offer activities / games and such to keep the customers (kids) coming back to the site. At the very least you can use the site to get customer feedback (probably mostly from parents yet still helpful) but surely there would be other ways to convert the traffic to profit as well.

This is just off the top of my head ...

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (1)

DavidTC (10147) | more than 6 years ago | (#20233055)

Almost no digital watches are computers. A few, not many, older cellphones are not computers. Older car computers aren't, IIRC. (Some of them aren't anything except recording devices!)

A computer is a general purpose computing device, and must be Turing-complete. It has to be able to execute arbitrary code. (Even if there's no way to easily get the code in there.) There are plenty of electronic devices that are not computers, that are simply a few specific ICs thrown together.

General rule of thumb: If it has no ROM, it isn't a computer, because it has nowhere to store instructions, and hence can't be executing instructions. (That doesn't mean if it does have ROM, it is one...it might be storing something besides CPU instructions there.)

Many things that are computer aren't computers in the place it counts. Like cellphones...they don't actually use their CPU for anything to do with actually talking on the phone...the CPU is running the UI and phonebook and stuff like that, but hardwired ICs are running the compression and radio. Likewise with MP3 players...the very cheap ones have no computer, the cheap ones use a computer to pick a song and stuff, and only the expensive ones with excess CPU actually use the CPU to decode the MP3. The rest use cheap little MP3-decoding chips that get fed a compressed stream and output an uncompressed one, and that's all they can do.

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (1)

Walpurgiss (723989) | more than 6 years ago | (#20233239)

You mean computers aren't the people [wikipedia.org] who do my math computations for me anymore?

Times have changed (1)

Yoozer (1055188) | more than 6 years ago | (#20234641)

No. "Nerd" or "geek" is generally the moniker for anyone you threaten to beat up if they don't do your homework for you.

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (1)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 6 years ago | (#20234189)

The rest use cheap little MP3-decoding chips that get fed a compressed stream and output an uncompressed one, and that's all they can do.
Pardon my ignorance (I've only done a few, fairly minor digital circuit designs, and none of those were power-sensitive) but wouldn't they all use the cheap little MP3-decoding chips purely on basis of power consumption? I can't imagine a general purpose CPU running a software MP3 decoder using less power than a custom, optimised-out-the-ass hardware solution, as you'd expect any common chip to be these days. On the contrary, I'd be amazed if the special purpose chip used more than 1/10th of the power a full CPU would.

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (1)

DavidTC (10147) | more than 6 years ago | (#20236239)

I actually don't know. I know there's a way to upgrade some of the more powerful ones to player other types of media that they were not designed to do, like FLAC. And FLAC actually takes more CPU than MP3. So if the CPU is there, I can't imagine them putting another chip in to do it. Yeah, it'd increase battery life, probably, but still.

Some stuff, like DRM WMAs, has only recently had chips comes out that can do it. (It and MP3 in the same chip.), so previous players had to have real CPUs in them that did that.

There are a few low-powered CPUs that have no problem decoding MP3s and aren't much more expensive than the CPUs needed to drive the GUI.

In fact, my category of 'cheap ones' might be almost completely empty at this point in time..there might only be 'very cheap ones' MP3 players with no UI, or rather a hardware one (Like all MP3 CD players, that are just normal CD players that have two extra chips, one to read a ISO9660 filesystem and maybe read IDv3, and one to decode MP3 streams.), and 'expensive ones' that do everything in a CPU.

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 6 years ago | (#20233245)

Woodworking

Cabinet Making

Carpentry

Carpet Laying

Boiler Making

Most manual labour jobs make no use (or next to no use) of computers and trust me, tradesmen are not friends of the mobile phone.

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 6 years ago | (#20233359)

We're almost there, but the problem is that modern cars use computers to self-diagnose problems. Unless the labourers use really old cars, they still rely on computers.

Re:Just about every job today uses a computer. (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 6 years ago | (#20233967)

You will find 9 times out of 10 a tradie (tradesmen) will drive a 10 yr old econovan (especially the older tradies). At least thats the case in Australia. Other than that yes but my point was that manual trades aren't exactly the first to innovate. If you took away all their computers (back to manual systems in cars so on and so forth) 99% of tradies wouldn't notice. My dad (who is a cabinet maker) complains about the number of system in his 2003 model car.

That being said, there are a fair few computer driven tools such as large scale cutting tools that reduce the labour to simply loading the machine with raw materials (wood, sheet metal) and letting a computer do the work. These are prevalent in the metal working trades (which is why I focused on the wood trades as metal workers are quiet innovative in comparison) but we are yet to build a computer controlled robot that can (economically) construct a couch or lay a carpet let alone renovate a kitchen, in these fields computers are rarely used by the actual tradesmen and direct use is normally two degrees removed from the actual work (as in the car, which has manual control and is only used for transport).

Cradle of Filth (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20231457)

fucking rocks!!!!!!!!!!!

Re:Cradle of Filth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20233005)

you fucking loser poser...... Any self respecting Black Metal enthusiast knows that they are fags and the only true Black Metal are Dissection [dissection.nu], Mayhem, [thetruemayhem.com] Dark Throne, [darkthrone.no] Emperor(earlier stuff), [emperorhorde.com]Marduk [marduk.nu] and well look here if you must be led by someone at /. about Black Metal of all places. Black Metal [blackmetal.com] Satyricon may qualify but few others........

Re:Cradle of Filth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20235491)

It is you who are the poseur faggot in this case, dear sir.

Every child knows that no band can be Black Metallier than Christpuncher.

I mean, just look at their name.

Christpuncher.

Re:Cradle of Filth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20240385)

Oh my god. You actually rebutted that with a Death Metal band from Chicago? the AC was right! You are a loser. You don't even know what Black Metal is. sheesh. Please young boy, learn before you post! At least learn what it is you are posting about.

hey look (0, Flamebait)

deathtopaulw (1032050) | more than 6 years ago | (#20231465)

I'm an idiot nerd who has terrible taste in music we don't all like wierd al and they might be giants stick to quantum computing and videogame news also all modern bands use technology unless they're amish or on some sort of pointless little crusade

They built this whole neighborhood out of wood, (3, Interesting)

TexVex (669445) | more than 6 years ago | (#20231565)

They built this whole neighborhood out of wood, out of wood
I guess I'll still be around when they burn, burn it down
I will be standing around when they burn it down
Here in the Museum of Idiots

...

If you and I had any brains, we wouldn't be in this place

Chop me up into pieces, if it pleases, if it pleases
And when the chopping is through, every piece will say "I love you"
Every piece of me will say "I love you"
Here in the Museum of Idiots

How About Pioneers in Technology and Music? (1)

Black-Man (198831) | more than 6 years ago | (#20232089)

Back when the technology was new... drum machines, synthesizers and no one knew how to interface them. Here's a link to a fantastic interview from the drummer of Ultravox! who details the issues involved in syncing these devices - live - and long before even the Apple II showed up on the scene. http://www.discog.info/ultravox-interview.html/ [discog.info]

Newest CD (1)

akheron01 (637033) | more than 6 years ago | (#20232241)

To be honest I'm not very happy with TMBG right now, I picked up their new album, The Else, the other day and started listening...
after maybe two or three tracks I hit eject and put in Flood

Re:Newest CD (1)

AxsDeny (152142) | more than 6 years ago | (#20232313)

You missed the best tracks then.

  • Bee of the Bird of the Moth
  • The Cap'm
  • The Mesopotamians

Spend more time with it.

Re:Newest CD (1)

mooterSkooter (1132489) | more than 6 years ago | (#20234523)

I have to disagree and agree with you there. I recieved the album about a week and a half ago. My initial impressions were not good. I left it a week and came back to it. And loved it. Give it another go, perhaps concentrate on 'I'm Impressed', 'Upside down frown', 'the cap'm' and the totally excellent 'The Mesopotamians'. I was completely addicted to it last week, I listened to it constantly for about 4 days!

Re:Newest CD (1)

AP31R0N (723649) | more than 6 years ago | (#20235429)

So we keep buying/downloading the newer material, hoping to recapture the feelings we had from the earlier work. But you aren't the same person you were then, neither are the artists. Such is the nature of bands that last. If you get into a band right away eventually, they will stop doing what got you into them. You will change, they will change. The divergence increases over time. i just to be obsessed with The Cure and Depeche Mode. But i'm not a hyperemotional/hormonal teenager anymore. Robert Smith and Martin Gore aren't in their 20s anymore. They can only write so many versions of Plainsong and People are People. i don't dislike their new stuff in the same way that i dislike country, but i don't care for it. We've grown apart. But that's ok, because VNV Nation and nerd core rap fills that void now for me. If a band repeats themselves, that too gets old. Most artists want to try different things over time. Instead of begrudging them their evolution or downfall, i just move on.

Re:Newest CD (1)

djasbestos (1035410) | more than 6 years ago | (#20237045)

"VNV Nation ... fills that void now for me."
"If a band repeats themselves, that too gets old."

I foresee Ronan Harris, et al, joining Misters Gore and Smith quite soon. You can only request "Chrome" so many times at the club. He can only sing that G to F monotone voice so many times before it gets on me.

Then again, Gary Numan is a bit guilty of that too, but I'm not admitting to the same paradigm, although his new stuff is a far cry from "The Pleasure Principle" and Tubeway Army (ramble ramble...)

Best.line.ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20232909)

Now it's over, I'm dead and I haven't done anything I want.
Or I'm still alive and there's nothing I want to do.
-Dead, TMBG

Hooray for unencumbered, artist-direct MP3s! (4, Interesting)

Asmor (775910) | more than 6 years ago | (#20233217)

TMBG has been my favorite band for a long time, and I liked them even before I knew who they were thanks to Paticle Man and Istanbul both being on Tiny Toon Adventures.

It's really great, however, knowing that they have set up their own website where you can buy mp3s of their albums at reasonable prices (99 cents a track or $10 an album last I checked). If you buy the album, you even get all the artwork in pdf form!

Music unencumbered with DRM is always great, only kind I'll buy. That it's run by the artists and (presumably, never actually checked into it) they get all the profits is just gravy.

TMBG truly is the future of music.

Re:Hooray for unencumbered, artist-direct MP3s! (1)

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) | more than 6 years ago | (#20240685)

I liked them even before I knew who they were thanks to Paticle Man
It's Pa R ticle Man you insensitive clod! He's doing the things a particle can!

Re:Hooray for unencumbered, artist-direct MP3s! (1)

Asmor (775910) | more than 6 years ago | (#20240887)

What are you talking about? Says so right here on my copy of They Must Be Gaints CD, Dail-a-song: Track 12, Paticle Man.

Typical thoughts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20233941)

Yeah, Mute Math!

Congratulations (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20234201)

They Might Be Giants is a shit band with monumentally retarded lyrics on par with Tool and everyone who posted in this thread is an idiot except me, because I don't listen to They Might Be Giants. Also that guy that got modded 3, Insightful for posting those lyrics is a complete douche and whoever modded them up is a fucking dumbass. And like that one guy was sort-of saying, who gives a flying shit that They Might Be Giants uses computers in their music? Hmm yeah that's not something that's been happening since at least the 70s. Grow the hell up and listen to some real music, like the sound of me taking a shit on your face you freaking scat-obsessed queers.

TMBG are the best! (1)

mooterSkooter (1132489) | more than 6 years ago | (#20234561)

Sorry for posting something totally pointless but I just had to, being a long-term slashdot reader and MASSIVE TMBG fan. TMBG are my favourite band ever, I've adored them since the very first time I heard Ana NG with that awesome guitar riff throughout. Brilliant. I've followed them ever since, going to see them whenever I can (which is rare in the UK) and buying all their albums. Okay, I wasn't overly impressed with 'The Spine' (though some great tracks - Wearing a Raincoat for example) but I reckoned they've returned to form with 'The Else' - I love that album and just hope they play a couple of dates in the UK.

I just also have to mention that I actually got to speak to them a few years ago backstage (Thanks to Jonothan Ross for giving me and my mates the passes - another big TMBG fan) and they are totally cool and really pleasant people.

Anyway, long live TMBG!

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live drums.... (1)

rustcycle (1028600) | more than 6 years ago | (#20238361)

I can completely empathize with the ease of writing without a drummer but the pain of performing without one....double edged sword! Seems similar in some respects to Trent writing all the NIN material and having to gear up with a live crew for the tours....
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