Trevor Ikrath is a relatively new They Might Be Giants fan. Matt Rebeiro is a long-time They Might Be Giants fan, having interviewed both the primary Johns, seen them in concert and subscribed to their fanclub offerings. Together, they’re going album by album to see what makes the Giants the enduring force they remain more than 30 years later.
They Might Be Giants (1986)
Welcome to Giants Confirmed, a two-man dive into the discography of America’s premier pair of Johns. On this inaugural episode, we discuss their studio debut, the self-titled They Might Be Giants.
Returning for a particularly enlightening second episode of Giants Confirmed, Trevor and Matt book a trip to the Johns’ hometown of Lincoln, Massachussetts for an in-depth review of the band’s 1988 sophomore album — and as one might expect, it’s filled with even more oblique references and confounding trivia than their debut. To paraphrase one of the record’s biggest songs: I don’t want the world, I just want to know what the hell “Purple Toupee” is about!
Why is the world in love again? Because Matt and Trevor are back for an episode of Giants Confirmed that’s more illuminating than a canary-shaped nightlight! This time, the boys sit down to talk about estranged brothers, the capitalist myth of overpopulation, and of course, They Might Be Giants’ third album and major label debut, Flood. Strap on your prosthetic forehead and come on inside!
Apollo 18 (1992)
Giants Confirmed is blasting off again! It’s the end of an era as Trevor and Matt return to seal the cap on They Might Be Giants’ initial run as a duo by discussing their early period’s grand finale, Apollo 18. Join them in taking what might be one giant leap for mankind as they rocket through the record’s 38 tracks — and don’t forget to bring your space suit! Because that’s what this album is about, space!
John Henry (1994)
Giants Confirmed is back in its snail shell and ready to talk about TMBG’s fifth studio album, 1994’s John Henry! The Johns’ rhythm section want ad has finally been answered, and to celebrate, Trevor and Matt invite friend-of-the-show David (host of other fine NoiseSpace podcasts such as Tuning Fork and The Stick) on for the episode to discuss the duo’s transition to a full-band sound, as well as which TMBG songs are about doing drugs, which ones are about nazis, and even John Flansburgh’s undeniable artistic influence on the Atlanta hip hop scene.
Factory Showroom (1996)
Fresh off the production floor, it’s a brand new episode of Giants Confirmed! This time, we’re joined by TMBG superfan and host of This Might Be a Podcast himself, Greg Simpson. Listen in as Greg treats us to an impromptu singing saw performance, shoots some texts to his good buddy Brian Doherty, and helps us make our way through the Johns’ new-waviest record yet, 1996’s Factory Showroom!
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