Also performs as: Sapphire Bullets, The Avatars of They


They Might Be Giants (often abbreviated as TMBG) is an American alternative rock band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell. During TMBG's early years Flansburgh and Linnell frequently performed as a duo, often accompanied by a drum machine. In the early 1990s, TMBG expanded to include a backing band. The duo's current backing band consists of Marty Beller, Dan Miller, and Danny Weinkauf. The group is best known for an unconventional and experimental style of alternative music. Over their career, they have found success on the modern rock and CMJ charts. More recently they have also found success in children's music, and in theme music for several television programs and films.

TMBG have released 18 studio albums. Flood has been certified platinum and their children's music albums Here Come the ABCs, Here Come the 123s, and Here Comes Science have all been certified gold. The band has won two Grammy Awards, one in 2002 for their song "Boss of Me", which served as the theme to Malcolm in the Middle. They won their second in 2009 for Here Come the 123s. The band has sold over 4 million records.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Carmen Sandiego: Out of This World Various Artists 1
1993 Cool Christmas Various Artists 1
1998 Cooking Vinyl Sampler, Volume 7: 1998 Various Artists 1
2001 Listen to What the Man Said Various Artists 1
2003 Songs From the Material World: A Tribute to George Harrison Various Artists 1
2004 For the Kids Too! Various Artists 1
2010 Almost Alice Various Artists 6
2010 Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Bar None Sampler, Volume 2: Time for a Change Various Artists 1
1989 Indie Top 20, Volume VII Various Artists 1
1989 Rough Trade: Music for the 90’s Various Artists 1
1990 Formel Eins: Double Fun Various Artists 1
1990 Jumbo Hits Various Artists 1
1990 One Little Indian, Greatest Hits, Volume Two Various Artists 1
1990 Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary Various Artists 2
1990 Snap It Up! Various Artists 1
1991 Never Mind the Mainstream… the Best of MTV’s 120 Minutes, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Q the Album, Volume One Various Artists 1
1992 On The Edge Various Artists 1
1993 Now That’s What I Call Music! 1990 (10th Anniversary) Various Artists 1
1994 Once in a Lifetime, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1995 Dr. Demento 25th Anniversary Collection Dr. Demento 4 1
1995 A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC Various Artists 1
1995 A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC Various Artists 1
1995 Upsalapalooza: More Live Music From WFMU Various Artists 1
1996 Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Xmas Various Artists 1
1997 Classic Rock: Cool Christmas Various Artists 1
1998 MTV 120 Minutes Live Various Artists 2
1998 Triple J: Hottest 100, Volume 5 Various Artists 3
1998 Loaded 2 Various Artists 1
1998 The Point Platinum Version 1.0 Various Artists 1
1999 Indie 2000, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1999 Triple J: Hottest 100, Volume 6 Various Artists 2
2000 On the Edge Various Artists 3 2
2000 Delicatessen One: 18 Delicious Creations From the Cooking Vinyl Kitchen Various Artists 1
2001 Hits 50 Various Artists 1
2001 Pepsi Chart Hits: Best of 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 This Is Next Year: A Brooklyn-Based Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Issue 6 (They Might Be Giants vs. McSweeney's) Various Artists 1
2001 Top of the Pops 2001, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 Indie, Volume 9 Various Artists 1
2002 TV Guide 50 All-Time Favorite TV Themes Various Artists 1
2003 Was het nu 70, 80 of 90? File 5 Various Artists 1
2003 Wig in a Box: Songs From and Inspired by Hedwig and the Angry Inch Various Artists 2
2003 Damn It's 2 Early Various Artists 1
2003 Hot Wheels: Hot Hits, Volume One Various Artists 1
2004 Disneymania 2 Various Artists 3
2004 Future Soundtrack for America Various Artists 1
2004 Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the 80's Underground Various Artists 1
2005 Whatever: The ’90s Pop & Culture Box Various Artists 4 1

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