Mink Car

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Mink Car
Studio album by They Might Be Giants
Released September 11, 2001
Recorded 1999–2001
Genre Alternative rock
Length 46:29
Label Restless
They Might Be Giants chronology
"Working Undercover for the Man"
Mink Car
They Might Be Giants In... Holidayland
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (60/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[3]
Blender 2/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (2.8/10)[4]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[1][5]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[8]

Mink Car is the eighth studio album by They Might Be Giants, released on September 11, 2001, on the Restless Records label.

One of the band's most eclectic efforts, its variety reflects its recording process; it was put together in a number of different studios, with a number of different guest artists and producers, around the country as the band toured between 1999 and 2001.

It runs the gamut from pure power-pop songs, such as "Bangs" and "Finished With Lies", to dance music ("Man, It's So Loud In Here"), and soft romantic ballads ("Another First Kiss"). "Man, It's So Loud in Here" was the only single released from the album, though its cover of the Georgie Fame oldie "Yeh Yeh" was featured in a Chrysler car commercial. "Bangs," "Cyclops Rock," "Man, It's So Loud In Here," and "Another First Kiss", as well as "Boss of Me" (which was featured on non-U.S. releases), were released on the band's 2002 anthology compilation Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants.

"Bangs" provided the inspiration for author Zadie Smith's short story "The Girl with Bangs".[9]

A complete cover album called Mink Car Cover was constructed in 2011 to raise funds for the FDNY Foundation in the wake of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred on the day of the album's original release. It featured covers by 19 different artists including Marian Call, The Doubleclicks, Hello, The Future!, and Molly Lewis.[10]

Track listings[edit]

The track listing for the album varied depending on where it was released. Some releases featured bonus tracks, such as "Boss of Me" for the Australian release,[11] and "Your Mom's Alright" in Europe.

All songs written by John Flansburgh and John Linnell except where indicated.

U.S. release[edit]

  1. "Bangs" - 3:09
  2. "Cyclops Rock" - 2:38 (with Cerys Matthews)
  3. "Man, It's So Loud In Here" – 3:59
  4. "Mr. Xcitement" – 3:36 (with Mike Doughty) (written by John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Dan Levine, Elegant Too, Mike Doughty)
  5. "Another First Kiss" – 3:06
  6. "I've Got A Fang" – 2:32
  7. "Hovering Sombrero" – 2:13
  8. "Yeh Yeh" – 2:40 (written by Rodgers Grant, Jon Hendricks, Pat Patrick)
  9. "Hopeless Bleak Despair" – 3:08
  10. "Drink!" – 1:49
  11. "My Man" – 2:57
  12. "Older" – 1:58
  13. "Mink Car" – 2:09
  14. "Wicked Little Critta" – 2:11
  15. "Finished With Lies" – 3:18
  16. "(She Thinks She's) Edith Head" – 2:37
  17. "Working Undercover for the Man" – 2:19

European release[edit]

  1. "Man, It's So Loud In Here" – 3:59
  2. "Boss Of Me" – 2:57
  3. "Cyclops Rock" – 2:38
  4. "Another First Kiss" – 3:06
  5. "Bangs" – 3:09
  6. "My Man" – 2:57
  7. "Drink!" – 1:49
  8. "Your Mom's Alright" – 2:59 (with Mike Doughty) (written by John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Elegant Too, Mike Doughty)
  9. "Hovering Sombrero" – 2:13
  10. "Yeh Yeh" – 2:40 (written by Rodgers Grant, Jon Hendricks, Pat Patrick)
  11. "I've Got A Fang" – 2:32
  12. "Mink Car" – 2:09
  13. "Hopeless Bleak Despair" – 3:08
  14. "Older" – 1:58


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