The Late Movies: TMBG's Venue Songs
By Ransom Riggs
I've been a fan of They Might be Giants for about as long as I've been a fan of music in general, but despite the already-enormous body of work they've generated in the last 20 years, they only seem to be getting more prolific. Back in the 80s, they wrote and performed short songs into their answering machine, and thus Dial-a-Song was born. They've made albums about the states, the presidents, an album designed to be played while reading a specific issue of McSweeney's (a song for every story), several albums of children's songs, and during a 2004 tour, they wrote a performed a new song for every venue along the way. The best of them were compiled into an album called Venue Songs, and music videos for each of them were created, all "hosted" by John Hodgman. A testament to a band with endless creative energy, here they are, in order -- the venue songs.