Artist: They Might Be Giants

Date Released: 2002

Label: Rhino

Produced By: They Might Be Giants, Adam Schlesinger, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley, Pat Dillett, Bill Krauss (Compiled by John Flansburgh)

Tracklisting: Disc One:

  1. Birdhouse In Your Soul
  2. Ana Ng
  3. Don't Let's Start (Single Mix)
  4. Boss Of Me
  5. Older (Long Tall Weekend Version)
  6. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
  7. Doctor Worm
  8. The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  9. Dr. Evil
  10. New York City
  11. Particle Man
  12. Cyclops Rock
  13. Minimum Wage
  14. Man, It's So Loud In Here
  15. We're The Replacements
  16. Why Does The Sun Shine? (Live)
  17. Your Racist Friend
  18. Bangs
  19. Snail Shell
  20. Twisting
  21. Another First Kiss
  22. They'll Need A Crane
  23. The Statue Got Me High
  24. (She Was A) Hotel Detective (Single Mix)
  25. Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head
  26. I Palindrome I

Disc Two:

  1. She's An Angel
  2. How Can I Sing Like A Girl
  3. James K. Polk (remix)
  4. Meet James Ensor
  5. Mammal
  6. Pet Name
  7. No!
  8. I Can Hear You
  9. Spider
  10. I Should Be Allowed To Think
  11. Fingertips
  12. She's Actual Size (Live)
  13. Spy (EP Version)
  14. Stormy Pinkness (Live In Berlin 1989)
  15. Exquisite Dead Guy
  16. Robot Parade (Adult Version)
  17. Boat Of Car
  18. S-E-X-X-Y
  19. Number Three
  20. The End Of The Tour
  21. They Might Be Giants
  22. Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal
  23. Nightgown Of The Sullen Moon
  24. Snowball In Hell
  25. Purple Toupee
  26. Cowtown


Even though Bruce McCulloch says greatest hits albums are for housewives and little girls, this is a decent place to start, and the packaging is pretty good, with an essay by Sarah Vowell. I wish there were a few more rarities for the die-hards to not feel too awfully ripped off by (and I wish they'd given it a different title, instead of one that makes everyone think it's going to be a long-awaited collection of stuff from the real Dial-A-Song (718-387-6962)), but it's all right. It's a pretty good overview from the various different eras of They Might Be Giants up to 2002, and there're some cool choices (I'm glad "Pet Name" was included). So, basically, I'd probably recommend starting with an actual album, but this is a fine place to start too. - Rev. Syung Myung Me

I do feel that this is a worthy compliation, as it has extensive liner notes and some nice essays (not to mention complete lyrics!) There are some nice live versions of songs, an extended version of "Cyclops Rock," a different vocal recorded for "James K. Polk," and the single mix of "(She Was a) Hotel Detective." Dr. Evil isn't really available elsewhere aside from the Austin Powers soundtrack, so I feel that this compilation belongs with all of my other CDs, despite having each of their albums. - DominEl For More Information: Page

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