Miscellaneous T

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Miscellaneous T
Compilation album by They Might Be Giants
Released October 8, 1991
Recorded 1986–1989, at various locations
Genre Alternative rock
Length 37:47
Label Restless / Bar/None
Producer Bill Krauss, They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants chronology
Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
(1990)
Miscellaneous T
(1991)
The Statue Got Me High
(1992)
TMBG compilation chronology
Don't Let's Start
(1989)
Miscellaneous T
(1991)
Then: The Earlier Years
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Miscellaneous T is a b-side and remix compilation album released by the alternative rock band They Might Be Giants in 1991. It is a US re-release of Don't Let's Start which was only released in the UK and West Germany. The differences include cover art, track order, and the song "Hello Radio", which was not included on Don't Let's Start. The album consists of all of the b-sides from the singles the band released between 1987 and 1989 (except Ana Ng), with the addition of the relatively new songs "The World's Address (Joshua Fried Remix)" – released beforehand only on Don't Let's Start – and "Hello Radio", which was previously released on a promotional sampler.

All of the songs, with the exception of "(She Was A) Hotel Detective (Single Mix)", went on to be included in Then: The Earlier Years, a compilation of the band's early material.

Miscellaneous T is said to be named for the section in record stores where They Might Be Giants' albums were most often shelved in the band's early years.[4]

Song notes[edit]

The tracks are all grouped together according to the singles they appeared on. These singles and the tracks from this album that appeared on the singles are as follows:

1–3: Purple Toupee (Unreleased)
5–7: They'll Need a Crane
9–14: (She Was A) Hotel Detective
15–18: Don't Let's Start

The 13th track, which has no name listed on the album's track listing, is not actually a song, but a snippet of a recording inadvertently left on the Dial-A-Song answering machine, in which a confused listener named Gloria talks to an unknown third party about the mystery of "There May Be Giants" and "There Must Be Giants", as she mistakenly refers to the band. It would later be referenced when Bryant Gumbel referred to them as "They Must Be Giants" when they performed "Your Racist Friend" on the Today Show to promote the release of Flood.

"Lady Is a Tramp" is a cover of a song from the Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms.

"The World's Address (Joshua Fried Remix)" appears to contain a sample of "Convoy" by C.W. McCall, but doesn't.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by They Might Be Giants unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had a Deal" – 3:48
  2. "Lady is a Tramp" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 1:20
  3. "Birds Fly" – 1:25
  4. "The World's Address" [Joshua Fried Remix] – 5:42
  5. "Nightgown of the Sullen Moon" – 1:59
  6. "I'll Sink Manhattan" – 2:32
  7. "It's Not My Birthday" – 1:52
  8. "Hello Radio" - 0:56
  9. "Mr. Klaw" – 1:19
  10. "Kiss Me, Son of God" [Alternate Version] – 1:52
  11. "The Biggest One" – 1:22
  12. "For Science" – 1:19
  13. "untitled" – 2:33
  14. "(She Was a) Hotel Detective" [Single Remix] – 2:20
  15. "The Famous Polka" – 1:33
  16. "When it Rains it Snows" – 1:33
  17. "We're the Replacements" – 1:50
  18. "Don't Let's Start" [Single Remix] – 2:34

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Miscellaneous T at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: They Might Be Giants". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 808. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ Then: The Earlier Years liner notes.

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