Not many bands stay popular for over two decades, but the two John’s of They Might Be Giants have pulled it off. The journey of the band has been caught on film in the limited release film Gigantic. For those of you not lucky enough to have a screening in your town, the DVD is arriving soon from Plexifilm.
They Might Be Giants, the Brooklyn-based musical duo of John Flansburgh and
John Linnell, have spent the past twenty years crafting their singular
alt-pop style — cerebral, dark and humorous. Embracing the do-it-yourself
ethos of true independent artists, TMBG has followed an unconventional path
to cult stardom — beginning with John and John’s first meeting in a
Lincoln, Massachusetts grade school to the East Village performance art
scene of the early ’80s to their 2002 Grammy Award–aided by stunning,
low-budget music videos, trailblazing use of the internet and a truly
groundbreaking utilization of the telephone answering machine.
The disc will contain the documentary with audio commentary with John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Sarah Vowell and
director AJ Schnackplus, live performances of The Legendary 1990 Tonight Show with Johnny Carson “Birdhouse in Your Soul” performance with Doc Severinsen and the NBC Orchestra, the 2001 Tower Records In-store performance and three additional songs live at the Polish National Home in Brooklyn, 2001, the
concert which was staged and filmed exclusively for the documentary. Additional features include music videos “Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head”, “Don’t Let’s Start”, “(She Was A) Hotel Detective”, “Ana Ng” and “Birdhouse In Your Soul”, a promotional video made for their album Flood, John and John hosting “Nick Rocks” 1987 Nickelodeon pop music show, three videos created for the ABC News Nightline Primetime series “Brave New World”, public radio’s “This American Life” Dial-a-Song segment by Sarah Vowell, deleted scenes ,raw footage and additional interviews with Conan O’Brien, Dave Eggers, Michael McKean, Sarah Vowell, Syd Straw and Ira Glass.
The fully packed documentary will arrive on November 18th with a suggested retail price of $24.95.