A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants

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A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants: Melody, Fidelity, Quantity
Compilation album by They Might Be Giants
Released May 3, 2005
Genre Alternative rock
Length 70:31
Label Rhino Records
Producer Various
They Might Be Giants chronology
Here Come the ABCs
(2005)Here Come the ABCs2005
A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants
Venue Songs DVD/CD
(2005)Venue Songs DVD/CD2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (7.2/10) [2]

A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants is a 2005 compilation album by the group They Might Be Giants.

In the April 29, 2005 "TMBG News" online newsletter, bandmember John Flansburgh describes the album as such:

"Rhino is releasing the single disc compilation A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants – kind of a simple reduction of Dial-A-Song – on May 3. It is a very interesting introduction to the band. If you were looking for a single disc to lay on the uninitiated, this might be the one. The liner notes, put together with our pal Barbara Glauber, are quite extensive. We've tried to compile all the songs and all the shows since the band's inception. Obviously this was a bit of a research nightmare (I'm not even sure if the show list includes in-stores!) but it is a very interesting object to look at, especially if you have good near-field vision."

Although it is referred to as a condensed version of Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, it includes two songs not on Dial-A-Song, "John Lee Supertaster" and "Clap Your Hands" and adds two different versions of songs, the original versions of "Why Does the Sun Shine?", and "Don't Let's Start" as opposed to the live and single versions respectively found on Dial-A-Song.

Song origins[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by They Might Be Giants unless otherwise noted

  1. "Minimum Wage" – 0:47
  2. "Meet James Ensor" – 1:33
  3. "Particle Man" – 1:59
  4. "Don't Let's Start" – 2:34
  5. "She's an Angel" – 2:37
  6. "Cyclops Rock" – 2:38
  7. "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" (Jimmy Kennedy, Nat Simon) – 2:38
  8. "Purple Toupee" – 2:40
  9. "James K. Polk" (Matthew Hill, They Might Be Giants) – 3:04
  10. "Birdhouse in Your Soul" – 3:20
  11. "Ana Ng" – 3:23
  12. "The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)" (They Might Be Giants, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss) – 3:49
  13. "Bangs" – 3:09
  14. "The Statue Got Me High" – 3:06
  15. "New York City" (Robynn Iwata, Lisa Marr, Lisa Nielsen) – 3:02
  16. "Doctor Worm" – 3:01
  17. "Boss of Me" – 2:58
  18. "Your Racist Friend" – 2:54
  19. "Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)" (Louis Singer, Hy Zaret) – 2:53
  20. "They'll Need a Crane" – 2:33
  21. "I Palindrome I" – 2:22
  22. "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head" – 2:12
  23. "John Lee Supertaster" – 2:01
  24. "Older" – 1:58
  25. "We're the Replacements" – 1:50
  26. "Dr. Evil" – 1:48
  27. "No!" – 1:29
  28. "Clap Your Hands" – 1:22
  29. "Spider" – 0:51


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