They Might Be Giants discography

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They Might Be Giants discography
Releases
Studio albums 16
Live albums 8
Compilation albums 10
EPs 21
Singles 11
Video albums 5

The following is a comprehensive discography of They Might Be Giants, an American alternative rock band comprising several artists including John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Marty Beller, Dan Miller, Danny Weinkauf. The band's first release was the November 4, 1986 eponymously titled They Might Be Giants, but TMBG did not gain commercial success until their March 1990 single "Birdhouse in Your Soul" from the album Flood. "Birdhouse in Your Soul" reached #3 on the United States Modern Rock Tracks chart and #6 on the UK Singles Chart and remains their highest-charting single in both countries. Over the next two decades, They Might Be Giants released studio albums on a near-biennial fashion and currently have a total of sixteen studio albums along with six live albums, eight compilation albums, twenty-one extended plays and eleven singles.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart peaks[1] Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Notes
UK US US Kids
1986 They Might Be Giants
  • Debut album.
1988 Lincoln
  • Label: Bar/None / Restless
  • Release Date: September 25, 1988
  • Format: Vinyl, CD, cassette
89
1990 Flood
  • Label: Elektra
  • Release Date: January 5, 1990
  • Format: Vinyl, CD, cassette
14 75 US: Platinum[2]
1992 Apollo 18
  • Label: Elektra
  • Release Date: March 24, 1992
  • Format: Vinyl, CD, cassette
99
1994 John Henry
  • Label: Elektra
  • Release Date: September 13, 1994
  • Format: CD, cassette
64
  • First album with a backing band.
1996 Factory Showroom
  • Label: Elektra
  • Release Date: October 8, 1996
  • Format: CD, cassette
89
1999 Long Tall Weekend
  • Downloadable-only album, released on eMusic.com.
  • First full-length online-only album ever to be released by any major artist.
2001 Mink Car
  • Label: Restless
  • Release date: September 11, 2001
  • Format: CD
134
2002 No! 1
2004 The Spine
  • Label: Idlewild / Zoë
  • Release date: July 13, 2004
  • Format: CD
130
2005 Here Come the ABCs 6 US: Gold[2]
  • Second children's album.
  • Major label children's album debut.
2007 The Else 118
  • Released for download on the iTunes Store almost two months before it was released physically.
  • The CD release included a bonus disc, Cast Your Pod to the Wind.
2008 Here Come the 123s 172 9
  • Third children's album.
  • First album to win a Grammy Award.
2009 Here Comes Science 91 4*
  • Fourth children's album.
2011 Join Us 32
  • First 'adult' album since 2007
2013 Nanobots
  • Label: Idlewild, Lojinx
  • Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Format: CD/Vinyl
57

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Chart peaks[1] Notes
US
1994 Live!! New York City 10/14/94
  • Label: Elektra
  • Release Date: November 1994
1998 Severe Tire Damage
  • Label: Restless
  • Release Date: August 11, 1998
186
  • First major live album.
1999 Live
  • Condensed version of Severe Tire Damage.
  • Released on CD and cassette.
2004 The Spine Hits the Road
  • Label: Idlewild
  • Release Date: August 31, 2004
Almanac
  • Label: Idlewild
  • Release Date: December 10, 2004
  • Download-only album.
Venue Songs
  • Label: Idlewild
  • Release Date: December 10, 2004
  • Download-only album.
2012 At Large
  • Label: Idlewild
  • Release Date: August, 2012
  • A special product for They Might Be Giants Instant Fan Club.
2014 First Album Live
  • Label:
  • Release Date: July, 2014
  • Released as a free digital download through NoiseTrade

Compilations[edit]

Year Title Notes
1989 Don't Let's Start
1991 Miscellaneous T
1997 Then: The Earlier Years
  • Label: Restless
  • Release Date: March 25, 1997
  • Contains 72 tracks, including the band's first two studio albums in their entirety.
1999 Best of the Early Years
2002 They Got Lost
  • Rarities collection, but includes some songs from their online-only studio album Long Tall Weekend.
2002 Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants
  • Label: Rhino
  • Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Contains 52 songs on two CDs.
2005 A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants
  • Label: Rhino
  • Release Date: May 3, 2005
2005 Venue Songs DVD/CD
  • Label: Idlewild
  • Release Date: November 11, 2005
  • Collection consisting mainly of "Venue Songs", written specifically for each venue they performed in.
2011 Album Raises New and Troubling Questions
  • Label: Idlewild
  • Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Another collection of rarities, including two live tracks and a remix of 'You Probably Get That A Lot', from the album Join Us. The downloadable versions of the album also include five music videos. On July 26th 2012 it was included as part of the Humble Music Bundle along with albums from other artists.
2014 Idlewild: A Compilation
  • Contains 17 songs released from 1999 to 2013.

An additional compilation titled "Superfueled Freaksickle" was scheduled for a 1997 release, but never appeared. John Flansburgh would state a number of reasons for this, including TMBG not wanting to "flood the market" after the release of Then: The Earlier Years, and a supposed belief that fans would not be interested in the material. Intended as the sequel to Miscellaneous T, this disc would have collected b-sides and rarities from 1990 to 1996.

EPs[edit]

Year Album Information US Chart
1987 Don't Let's Start
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Restless
  • Format:
1988 (She Was A) Hotel Detective
  • Released: November 2, 1987
  • Label: Restless
  • Format:
1989 They'll Need a Crane
  • Released: February 10, 1989
  • Label: Restless
  • Format:
1989 Purple Toupee
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Restless
  • Format:
1990 Birdhouse in Your Soul
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format:
1990 Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
  • Released: May 14, 1990
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format:
1992 The Statue Got Me High
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format:
1992 I Palindrome I
  • Released: May 7, 1992
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format: CD
1992 The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  • Released: July 30, 1992
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format: CD
1993 Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)
  • Released: September 14, 1993
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format: CD
1993 O Tannenbaum
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format:
1994 Back to Skull
  • Released: August 16, 1994
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format: CD
1996 S-E-X-X-Y
  • Released: November 26, 1996
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format:
2000 Working Undercover for the Man
  • Released: May 16, 2000
  • Label: Good Noise
  • Format:
2001 Boss of Me
  • Released: July 16, 2001
  • Label: Restless
  • Format: CD
2001 Man, It's So Loud in Here
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Restless
  • Format: CD
2001 They Might Be Giants in Holidayland
  • Released: November 6, 2001
  • Label:
  • Format:
2003 Bed, Bed, Bed
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Simon & Schuster
  • Format: Book with CD
2004 Indestructible Object
  • Released: April 4, 2004
  • Label: Barsuk
  • Format: CD
2004 The Spine Surfs Alone
  • Released: 2004
  • Label:
  • Format: CD
2013 Nanobots EP
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Idlewild Recordings/Megaforce
  • Format: Download only

Videography[edit]

Release Date Title
1999 Direct from Brooklyn
2003 Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)
2005 Here Come the ABCs
2005 Venue Songs DVD/CD
2008 Here Come the 123s
2009 Here Comes Science
2012 Them Ain't Big Eye Ants

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Alt.

[3]
AUS
[4]
NLD
[5]
UK
[6]
"Don't Let's Start" 1987 They Might Be Giants
"Ana Ng" 1988 11 Lincoln
"Birdhouse in Your Soul" 1990 3 6 Flood
"Twisting" 22
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" 61
"The Statue Got Me High" 1992 24 Apollo 18
"Snail Shell" 1994 19 John Henry
"S-E-X-X-Y" 1996 Factory Showroom
"Doctor Worm" 1998 Severe Tire Damage
"Boss of Me" 2001 29 89 21 Music from Malcolm in the Middle
"T-Shirt" 2005 Non-album single
"I'm Impressed" 2007 The Else
"Can't Keep Johnny Down" 2011 Join Us
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Contributions & other releases[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b TMBG Album Chart History tmbw.net. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  2. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  3. ^ "They Might Be Giants – Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Discography They Might Be Giants". australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Discografie They Might Be Giants". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "They Might Be Giants". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 30, 2013.