Thursday, July 7, 2016

They Might Be Giants - Lincoln - 1988

I'm going to make it through this post with trepidation, as emotionally, I am in a state of flux.  The woman I shared a cubicle with for the past two and a half years at work passed away in the night last night.  She suffered from what is called a hemorrhagic stroke and it killed her.  The guesstimate is that she didn't even see or feel it coming, and she was gone before she knew what was happening.  It's funny how you can be chatting and laughing and working with someone one day, and the next day they are gone forever, and you never even get to say goodbye.  She was only 53.  Well, goodbye, Cindy.  It was a pleasure working with you......

As I started the summer of 85, I remember seeing the video for Don't Let's Start by TMBG.  What a couple of weirdos, I thought to myself.  Not long after, Ana Ng was playing, and it definitely caught my attention.  But, the arrival of Flood was the turning point for me (and millions of others) that proved that TMBG were a definite talent force to be reckoned with.

Of course, as you all may well know, finding ALL of the material that these two gentlemen have produced is nothing short of impossible.  I would venture to guess that in their lifetimes, these two men have written and released more than a thousand songs.  I haven't done an accurate count, but my best guess would be possibly 1400-1600 songs.  If anyone has any more insight into this count, feel free to correct me on it.  I'd honestly like to know.

After Flood, I continued to listen to all of their material.  To this day, though, I find the Flood and pre-Flood songs to be the best.  

I feel that Lincoln is better than Flood in a number of ways.  The songs are written in a way that leads me to believe they were trying harder, trying so very hard to be that break-out artist.  The songs definitely seem more sincere.  I think that they knew they were on the verge of that major achievement and they wanted it bad.  They weren't desperate-sounding, just pushing themselves to the max to reach that goal.  And it shows.  The songs are all very heartfelt and full of energy and life.

Then, Flood gets released and it completely overshadowed all of their previous work.  I'm sure they didn't mind, it was growth and prestige and success.  Move on and carry on, as it is.

But, it's fun to listen to it all now....


  1. Sorry to hear about your work buddy. Life can be sad.

  2. That must have been such a shock. Similar happened to me a couple of years ago, when I came back to work after a month off to be told that the woman who worked right next to me had died... She thought she had back pain but it was aggressive cancer.

  3. Makes you wonder what you are doing with your life! It can be over so quickly! Of course, the people that suffer most are the ones left behind! Very sorry to hear that!

    On the other hand, I am very excited about your great new expanded edition. I still play Ana NG a lot! I hope you also expand their follow up!