Mono Puff

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Mono Puff
OriginBrooklyn, New York City
GenresAlternative rock, college rock
Years active1995–1998, 2020–present
LabelsRykodisc, Bar/None
Associated actsThey Might Be Giants, Skeleton Key, Enon, Pretendo
MembersJohn Flansburgh
Hal Cragin
Steve Calhoon

Mono Puff is a New York City-based band, supergroup and a side project of John Flansburgh, one of the founding members of They Might Be Giants.

The main band consisted of Flansburgh, the vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter; bassist Hal Cragin; and drummer Steve Calhoon of Skeleton Key, Enon and Pretendo.[1] Various guest musicians supplemented the trio, notably Mark Feldman, Yuval Gabay (of Soul Coughing), Ghost Krabb, Mary Birdsong (as "Sugar Puff"), Elina Löwensohn, Flansburgh's wife Robin Goldwasser (as "Sister Puff"), Kate Flannery (as "Lady Puff"), Ammonia D, Trini Lopez, Jay Sherman-Godfrey, Jim O'Connor, Phil Hernandez, Frank London, Eric Schermerhorn, and Mike Viola. Artwork for the band's albums and singles was done by Flansburgh.[2][3]

Mono Puff became inactive in 1998 due to the relocation of some of the core members, though Flansburgh has expressed interest in pursuing further recordings.[4]

In mid-2020, it was announced that Mono Puff has reformed and would release an EP in 2021 to be initially distributed via the They Might Be Giants Instant Fan Club, their first release in over two decades.[5]


  • John Flansburgh's Mono Puff EP (1995)
  • Unsupervised (1996)
  • The Devil Went Down To Newport EP (1996)
  • The Hal Cragin Years EP (1996)
  • The Steve Calhoon Years EP (1996)
  • It's Fun to Steal (1998)


  1. ^ It's Fun to Steal liner notes
  2. ^ Unsupervised liner notes
  3. ^ The Devil Went Down to Newport [EP] liner notes
  4. ^ John Flansburgh's response to a question about Mono Puff on a blog administered by They Might Be Giants
  5. ^ Flansy is firing up his side project MONO PUFF with a 2021 mission statement.