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They Might Be Giants Comes to Town

September 21, 2009
Our family’s favorite band came to town and played TWO shows at the N.C. Museum of Art. We saw both — and left wanting more.
They Might Be Giants have been around since the ’80s, when John Linnell and John Flansburgh started cranking out oddball pop. When I was in college, their music videos were an MTV staple.
In recent years, they added kids’ music to their repertoire. And it’s really good. While promoting “No!”, Flansburgh said their goal was to write music that wouldn’t make parents want to kill themselves.
Four albums later, the approach still works.
George’s first exposure to TMBG was in utero. Their CDs were on power rotation in the car when I was pregnant. When I was six months along, I worried that the TMBG show at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre might damage his developing eardrums. For the entire show, I stood behind a thick wooden barricade.
No worries. At 4, he has good ears. And an insatiable appetite for TMBG music.
He wore himself out Saturday. Before both shows, he danced on the wooden platform in front of the stage, the band’s self-appointed opening act. He also got autographs from bassist Danny Weinkauf and drummer Marty Beller.
Weinkauf remembered George saying, “Cheeeeeese!” with gusto during a photo session after the matinee. “I remember you,” he said. “You’re sort of a ham!”
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sydney Kempson permalink
    October 11, 2009 10:36 pm

    LOL. Dean actually introduced me to TMBG in a former lifetime. My own kids loved the theme to “Higgleytown Heroes” before they became too cool to watch…

    Y’all are very cutr together!

  2. Sydney Kempson permalink
    October 11, 2009 10:37 pm

    LOL. Dean actually introduced me to TMBG in a former lifetime. My own kids loved the theme to “Higgleytown Heroes” before they became too cool to watch…

    Y’all are very cute together!

  3. October 12, 2009 9:46 am

    I’m not surprised Dean’s turned others onto TMBG. He’s loved them for years and years. Thank you for commenting!

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