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Artist: They Might Be Giants

Date Released: 2005

Label: Rhino

Produced By:They Might Be Giants, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley, Pat Dillett, Bill Krauss

Tracklisting:

  1. Minimum Wage
  2. Meet James Ensor
  3. Particle Man
  4. Don't Let's Start (Album Mix)
  5. She's An Angel
  6. Cyclops Rock
  7. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
  8. Purple Toupee
  9. James K. Polk
  10. Birdhouse In Your Soul
  11. Ana Ng
  12. The Guitar
  13. Bangs
  14. The Statue Got Me High
  15. New York City
  16. Doctor Worm
  17. Boss Of Me
  18. Your Racist Friend
  19. Why Does The Sun Shine?
  20. They'll Need A Crane
  21. I Palindrome I
  22. Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head
  23. John Lee Supertaster
  24. Older (Long Tall Weekend Version)
  25. We're The Replacements
  26. Dr. Evil
  27. No!
  28. Clap Your Hands
  29. Spider

ReviewEdit

This is basically a one-disc boiled-down version of Dial-A-Song, with most of the rarities removed, and a couple more tracks from No! added. The main problem with this (aside from some really baffling omissions, like "Man, It's So Loud In Here") is that it doesn't flow at ALL—it sounds like a playlist put on shuffle. They didn't even take care to try to alternate John Linnell-sung and John Flansburgh-sung songs like they do on the actual albums. I'm not really a fan of starting with Greatest Hits albums, but if you're so inclined, just get Dial-A-Song instead. That's a really nice package, while this one just feels sort of slapped together. The liner notes do have some cool charts, though, but nothing too terribly enlightening to a non-fan. - Rev. Syung Myung Me


The first single-disc TMBG retrospective to span beyond their early years, and man, what a mess. It's not that there are many bad song choices (though really, "Clap Your Hands"?), it's just poorly assembled. The package goes to great lengths to parody a cold, mathematical approach to re-packaging - unfortunately, the sequencing of songs continues that theme, and doesn't do the material justice. --72.224.182.201

For More Information: TMBW.net Page

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