They Might Be Giants discography

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They Might Be Giants discography

Flansburgh (left) and Linnell (right)
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, and 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: Vinyl, CD, cassette
64
  • First album with a backing band.
1996 Factory Showroom
  • Label: Elektra
  • Release Date: October 8, 1996
  • Format: Vinyl, CD, cassette
89
1999 Long Tall Weekend
  • Download-only album, released on eMusic.com
  • First full-length download-only album released by a 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
  • 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 physical release
  • The CD release included a bonus disc, Cast Your Pod to the Wind
2008 Here Come the 123s 172 9
2009 Here Comes Science 91 4*
  • Fourth children's album
2011 Join Us 32
  • First "rock" album since 2007
2013 Nanobots
  • Label: Idlewild, Lojinx
  • Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Format: CD/Vinyl
57
2015 Glean
  • Label: Idlewild
  • Release Date: April 21, 2015
  • Format: CD/Vinyl

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
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
  • Distributed to members of the They Might Be Giants Instant Fan Club
2014 First Album Live
  • Label: Idlewild
  • Release Date: July, 2014
  • Released as a free digital download through NoiseTrade
2015 Flood Live in Australia
  • Label: Idlewild
  • Release Date: February 25, 2015
  • Released as a free digital download through their website[3]

Compilations[edit]

Year Title Notes
1989 Don't Let's Start
  • B-side and rarities collection
  • Released exclusively in Europe
1991 Miscellaneous T
1997 Then: The Earlier Years
  • Label: Restless
  • Release Date: March 25, 1997
  • Collects the band's first two studio albums and early rarities and B-sides
1999 Best of the Early Years
2002 They Got Lost
2002 Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants
  • Label: Rhino
  • Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Best-of compilation
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 of "venue songs", songs the band wrote about the venues they performed in
2011 Album Raises New and Troubling Questions
  • Label: Idlewild
  • Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Rarities collection, including five music videos
  • Part of the July 26 2012 Humble Music Bundle
2014 Idlewild
  • Contains 17 songs released between 1999 and 2013

EPs[edit]

Year Album Information
1993 Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)
  • Released: September 14, 1993
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format: CD
1994 Back to Skull
  • Released: August 16, 1994
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format: CD
2000 Working Undercover for the Man
  • Released: May 16, 2000
  • Label: Good Noise
  • Format:
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]

Year Title Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1999 Direct from Brooklyn
2003 Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)
  • Released:
  • Label:
  • Format:
2005 Here Come the ABCs
  • Released:
  • Label:
  • Format:
US: Gold[2]
Venue Songs DVD/CD
  • Released: November 11, 2005
  • Label: Idlewild
  • Format:
2008 Here Come the 123s
  • Released:
  • Label:
  • Format:
US: Gold[2]
2009 Here Comes Science
  • Released:
  • Label:
  • Format:
US: Gold[2]
2012 Them Ain't Big Eye Ants
  • Released:
  • Label:
  • Format:

Singles[edit]

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

[4]
AUS
[5]
NLD
[6]
UK
[7]
"Don't Let's Start" 1987 They Might Be Giants
"(She Was A) Hotel Detective" 1988
"Ana Ng" 11 Lincoln
"They'll Need a Crane" 1989
"Purple Toupee"
"Birdhouse in Your Soul" 1990 3 6 Flood
"Twisting" 22
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" 61
"The Statue Got Me High" 1992 Apollo 18
"The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)"
"I Palindrome I"
"O Tannenbaum" 1993 Non-album single
"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
"Man, It's So Loud in Here" Mink Car
"Experimental Film" 2005 The Spine
"T-Shirt" 2005 Non-album single
"I'm Impressed" 2007 The Else
"Can't Keep Johnny Down" 2011 Join Us
"You're on Fire" 2013 Nanobots
"—" 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 c d "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  3. ^ http://www.theymightbegiants.com/news/a-free-present-for-you/ visited February 25, 2015
  4. ^ "They Might Be Giants – Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Discography They Might Be Giants". australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Discografie They Might Be Giants". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "They Might Be Giants". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 30, 2013.