Since the early '80s, Brooklyn-based They Might Be Giants have been a musical enigma. Novelty tunes, experiments likeDial-A-Song, surreal lyrics—"Boat of Car" is a perfect example of the weird that was to come—a slew of kids' albums and a lack of high-profile mainstream success are not ingredients for a long life.
But against the odds, TMBG remains not only a cult favorite but they still fill theaters and venues every time they go out on the road.
The video for "Cloisonne," which is on TMBG's 2011 full-length release, Join Us (Rounder Records), premiered on rollingstone.com on Sept. 19.
And in case you you're wondering if you should go see TMBG when they play Boise on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Knitting Factory, you need to wake up and smell the cat food in your bank account ...