Wednesday, April 04, 2007

You Are Charlie Rose

if by "Charlie Rose" you read "me" and Charlie Rose was interviewing They Might Be Giants.

As I mentioned before (but it was in a sorta long post), we're probably going to be interviewing the band before their gigs here in Northampton on May 5. And we'd like to ask questions that you might find interesting.

I thought of one I rather like earlier today: "What band that broke up during your tenure do you wish was still around?"

So: post your ideas in the comments.

18 Comment(s):

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Eric Herman said...

Wow, that'll be cool!

I've got a question for 'em. They've now done the theme songs for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Higglytown Heroes and Malcolm in the Middle... Are there any TV shows they would have liked to do the theme for? Or were offered to do but turned down? And if so, why?

Best,
Eric

 
At 11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually a great question and all, but if my memory serves me right, that question was asked to flansy in a interview about 6 or 7 years back. He replied with the Pixies. How that stance is now, I have no idea or if that was just a band that popped up in his mind. But yeah figured id speak up some.

 
At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the heck did they get in contact with the dust brothers to make an album, and furthermore, why did they decide to go through with it?

 
At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They've said that some of the music on the album (specifically "I'm Impressed") reflects their working with the Dust Brothers. Does this mean that the album as a whole is more oriented toward a certain style or genre of music than past efforts may have been?

 
At 12:57 AM, Anonymous Katy L said...

Eric, add the theme song to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" to the list of theme songs they've done. I don't have a question...I'm too awed to ask!

 
At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Bill said...

11:00 anonymous - nice memory, there. Since the Pixies have reformed and all, I suspect the answer might be different. Plus he might not remember the answer quite as well as you do.

Thanks for the suggestions so far!

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always wondered exactly how they got involved with the Dunkin' Donuts commercial campaign, and whether that's over or not. It seems they curiously haven't really brought it up in any interviews yet.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Ralph said...

I have a few questions:

1) With the dial-a-song service, the monthly podcast, and from that you get the content for the albums - do you guys ever get writer's block?

2) As scary as it is to think about, but you guys are frightfully becoming more mature in age with each passing album. Is there ever going to be a planned moment in history where you guys finally hang up the accordion and guitar and call it retirement, or are you guys gonna take a leaf out of Keith Richards books?

3) Are you guys planning on giving Australia a visit when you do a "The Else" tour?

4) Generally speaking, some artists may take influence from other artists that they've been listening to during the writing stage. What artists, if any, have you guys been listening to while you were writing the content for "The Else" or is there any songs you can clearly say "This song was influenced by [artist] and [band]"?

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Sam Swanson said...

There seemed to be less emphasis on the accordion on TMBG's last "adult" album The Spine. Could you ask them why that was?

 
At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Valerie said...

With the success of the wonderful TMBG podcast, is the phone machine Dial-A-Song ever going to be brought back?

Do you guys ever spend time looking at online fansites? This Might Be a Wiki, tmbw.net, was the site that really got me interested in TMBG. How big of an impact do you think these type of sites have had on your fanbase as a whole?

 
At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Dylan said...

If you were a tree, would you wear boxers or briefs?

 
At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's one:

Will you ever re-release the TMBG Unlimited series, possibly through podcasts?

 
At 12:06 AM, Blogger Eric Herman said...

When I first listened to "No!", I got the distinct impression that a lot of it was more of a subtle spoof or satire on children's music than anything. Is there any truth to that, or is that just my imagination?

 
At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've read that Dunkin' Donuts has picked up Rachel Ray for their new ad campaign. A bad move if you ask me, but I'm a Giants fan.

I would buy an expensive TMBG Unlimited box set.

Dial-A-Song is dead! Long live Podcasts! (sad I know, but likely)

 
At 2:50 PM, Anonymous A.M.S. said...

Is Dial-A-Song dead for good? If it's not, when is it comming back? I miss it very much. The podcasts are great but are certainly no substitute, and I still call in once a month or so, just in case there's the slightest chance i'll be delighted with a song.

 
At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Linnell, i've noticed you don't use the accordion as much as you used to. Why? Accordions are the best.

 
At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, this would be more for Linnell: Has your writing music for children been inspired at all by what you notice your own child likes to listen to? Does he listen to/like No! or Here Come the ABCs?

 
At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You haven't been to North Carolina since about 2004 and i have never been to one of your shows! Please, go to some big towns in NC like Winston-Salem or Charlotte!!!!!

 

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