Jan 28, 2022
On the 12th anniversary episode of Beginnings taped back in
December, I talk to John Linnell of They Might Be Giants! Raised in
Lincoln, Massachusetts, John Linnell began writing music with his
friend John Flansburgh in high school, and after playing in a
number of bands formed TMBG with Flansburgh in 1982. From 1986's
self-titled album to today, the band has released over fifty
albums, compilations and EPs, has won two Grammys and was even
nominated for a Tony Award. John hasn't produced a lot of solo
work, but his State Songs album is great, and I wish his Roman
Songs EP (sung entirely in Latin) would have been released in the
'90s so I could have played it in Latin class to the bemusement of
my teacher. Most recently, They Might Be Giants have released a 144
page book and album entitled BOOK, and much like everything else
from their 40 year career, it's wonderful!
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