They Might Be Giants

American alternative rock band

They Might Be Giants are an alternative rock band that live in Brooklyn, New York. The two original band members, John Flansburgh and John Linnell, officially formed the band in 1982.[5] While at first a duo, performing using a drum machine, they gained a backing band in the early 1990s.

They Might Be Giants
From left: John Flansburgh and John Linnell
Background information
Also known as
  • TMBG
  • El Grupo De Rock and Roll
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years active1982–present
Associated acts
Past members

The band has been given two Grammy Awards, one for the children's album Here Comes the 123s and the other for the theme song of Malcolm in the Middle and the ending theme song of Dexter's Laboratory.

Charting singlesEdit

Year Title Chart positions Album Notes
US Modern Rock UK Singles Chart Australian ARIA Charts
1988 "Ana Ng" 11 - - Lincoln First charting single
1990 "Birdhouse in Your Soul" 3 6 125 Flood Highest-charting single
1990 "Twisting" 22 - -
1990 "Istanbul" - 61 -
1992 "The Statue Got Me High" 24 - - Apollo 18
1994 "Snail Shell" 19 - - John Henry
2001 "Boss of Me" - 21 29 Music from Malcolm in the Middle
2001 "Man, It's So Loud in Here" - - 87[6] Mink Car
2010 "Birdhouse in Your Soul" - 70 - Flood Re-entry following the song's use in an advertisement for Clarks Shoes


  1. Weisbard, Eric (December 2000). "Geek Love". SPIN. pp. 158–162.
  2. Chaney, Keidra (January–February 2015). "The Evolution of Nerd Rock". Uncanny. No. 2. pp. 129–133.
  3. Blistein, Jon (November 16, 2012). "They Might Be Giants Q&A". Billboard.
  4. Freed, Nick; Salgado, Christina (March 14, 2014). "The Greatest Nerd Rock Records of All Time". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  5. Myke, Wieskopf (26 February 2006). They Might Be Giants Early Years Handbook v3.0.
  6. "Pandora Archive" (PDF). August 23, 2006. Archived from the original on February 21, 2002. Retrieved July 17, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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