YOUTH CULTURE POLLED MY DOG: They Might Be Giants (first 21 years) POLL RESULTS

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78 AKA Driver 324 points, 8 votes
79 Stand on Your Own Head 308 points, 7 votes
80 Thermostat 305 points, 5 votes
81 She Was A Hotel Detective 305 points, 5 votes
82 (She Was A) Hotel Detective 305 points, 5 votes
83 Hope That I Get Old Before I Die 301 points, 5 votes
84 Exquisite Dead Guy 300 points, 7 votes
85 Unsupervised, I Hit My Head 295 points, 5 votes
86 The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) 277 points, 5 votes
87 Hopeless Bleak Despair 276 points, 4 votes
88 Dig My Grave 272 points, 5 votes
89 Pet Name 266 points, 6 votes
90 Certain People I Could Name 264 points, 4 votes
91 I Am Not Your Broom 260 points, 3 votes
92 Alienation's For The Rich 258 points, 6 votes
93 The Songs of the 50 States 257 points, 4 votes
94 Mrs Train 257 points, 5 votes
95 The Edison Museum 252 points, 4 votes
96 I Can Hear You 252 points, 5 votes
97 Your Own Worst Enemy 249 points, 4 votes
98 We're The Replacements 247 points, 6 votes
99 She's Actual Size 245 points, 5 votes
100 Now That I Have Everything 244 points, 4 votes
101 Hearing Aid 244 points, 5 votes
102 O, Do Not Forsake Me 243 points, 6 votes
103 Working Undercover For The Man 235 points, 4 votes
104 The Biggest One 235 points, 5 votes
105 Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love 229 points, 3 votes
106 First Kiss 222 points, 2 votes for First Kiss, 2 for Another First Kiss
107 Theme From Flood 217 points, 5 votes
108 When It Rains it Snows 215 points, 4 votes
109 (She Thinks She's) Edith Head 214 points, 5 votes
110 The Big Big Whoredom 213 points, 5 votes
111 Space Suit 212 points, 4 votes
112 Become A Robot 212 points, 5 votes
113 Why Must I Be Sad? 210 points, 5 votes
114 Violin 205 points, 3 votes
115 Unrelated Thing 201 points, 4 votes
116 Out Of Jail 201 points, 5 votes
117 Where Do They Make Balloons? 200 points, 3 votes
118 Spy 200 points, 4 votes, inc one specifying the Why Does the Sun Shine? EP version
119 Lie Still, Little Bottle 200 points, 4 votes
120 Rabid Child 198 points, 4 votes
121 Cage & Aquarium 196 points, 5 votes
122 Hypnotist Of Ladies 191 points, 4 votes
123 Hovering Sombrero 189 points, 4 votes
124 Robot Parade 188 points, 3 votes, inc. one for "rock version"
125 My Man 178 points, 2 votes
126 Hot Cha 170 points, 3 votes
127 Montana 167 points, 2 votes
128 Mr. Klaw 163 points, 2 votes
129 Welcome To The Jungle 162 points, 3 votes
130 The Day 157 points, 3 votes
131 Nixon's The One 156 points, 2 votes
132 Spider 155 points, 3 votes
133 I’m Def 155 points, 3 votes
134 Thunderbird 152 points, 2 votes
135 Mink Car 148 points, 3 votes
136 Maine 147 points, 3 votes
137 I'll Sink Manhattan 147 points, 3 votes
138 Hall Of Heads 147 points, 5 votes
139 I've Got a Match 145 points, 3 votes
140 I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die 140 points, 4 votes
141 Chess Piece Face 139 points, 3 votes
142 Sleepwalkers 137 points, 2 votes
143 Rest Awhile 137 points, 3 votes
144 You'll Miss Me 134 points, 2 votes
145 Absolutely Bill's Mood 134 points, 4 votes
146 It’s Not My Birthday 129 points, 2 votes
147 Cyclops Rock 124 points, 5 votes
148 Finished With Lies 119 points, 3 votes
149 Bed Bed Bed 117 points, 2 votes
150 Iowa 116 points, 2 votes
151 I Am A Human Head 115 points, 2 votes
152 S-E-X-X-Y 113 points, 2 votes
153 Pennsylvania 105 points, 2 votes
154 Drink! 104 points, 2 votes

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Monday, 29 October 2018 23:03 (one year ago) link

What's up with It's Not My Birthday at 146 when it was also at #33 with 630 points?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 29 October 2018 23:06 (one year ago) link

ah dammit, that'll be apostrophes again

also I forgot to put the equalses so I've redone the list and will have that deleted

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Monday, 29 October 2018 23:07 (one year ago) link

It's nuts how 100-150 all still basically get me nodding my head saying "yeah, great song"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 29 October 2018 23:08 (one year ago) link

ah dammit, that'll be apostrophes again

after recount with apostrophes merged new #1 is "I'm Def"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 29 October 2018 23:09 (one year ago) link

It's Not My Birthday is now 22a

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Monday, 29 October 2018 23:11 (one year ago) link

the hopefully-correct next 77 now neatly covers everything that could have been somebody's #1

78 We're The Replacements 344 points, 8 votes
79 AKA Driver 324 points, 8 votes
80 Stand on Your Own Head 308 points, 7 votes
81= Thermostat 305 points, 5 votes
81= She Was A Hotel Detective 305 points, 5 votes
81= (She Was A) Hotel Detective 305 points, 5 votes
84 Hope That I Get Old Before I Die 301 points, 5 votes
85 Exquisite Dead Guy 300 points, 7 votes
86 Unsupervised, I Hit My Head 295 points, 5 votes
87 The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) 277 points, 5 votes
88 Hopeless Bleak Despair 276 points, 4 votes
89 Dig My Grave 272 points, 5 votes
90 Pet Name 266 points, 6 votes
91 Certain People I Could Name 264 points, 4 votes
92 I Am Not Your Broom 260 points, 3 votes
93 Alienation's For The Rich 258 points, 6 votes
94= The Songs of the 50 States 257 points, 4 votes
94= Mrs Train 257 points, 5 votes
96= The Edison Museum 252 points, 4 votes
96= I Can Hear You 252 points, 5 votes
98 Your Own Worst Enemy 249 points, 4 votes
99 She's Actual Size 245 points, 5 votes
100= Now That I Have Everything 244 points, 4 votes
100= Hearing Aid 244 points, 5 votes
102 O, Do Not Forsake Me 243 points, 6 votes
103= Working Undercover For The Man 235 points, 4 votes
103= The Biggest One 235 points, 5 votes
105 Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love 229 points, 3 votes
106 First Kiss 222 points, 2 votes for First Kiss, 2 for Another First Kiss
107 Theme From Flood 217 points, 5 votes
108 When It Rains it Snows 215 points, 4 votes
109 (She Thinks She's) Edith Head 214 points, 5 votes
110 The Big Big Whoredom 213 points, 5 votes
111= Space Suit 212 points, 4 votes
111= Become A Robot 212 points, 5 votes
113 Why Must I Be Sad? 210 points, 5 votes
114 Violin 205 points, 3 votes
115= Unrelated Thing 201 points, 4 votes
115= Out Of Jail 201 points, 5 votes
117= Where Do They Make Balloons? 200 points, 3 votes
117= Spy 200 points, 4 votes, inc one specifying the Why Does the Sun Shine? EP version
117= Lie Still, Little Bottle 200 points, 4 votes
120 Rabid Child 198 points, 4 votes
121 Cage & Aquarium 196 points, 5 votes
122 Hypnotist Of Ladies 191 points, 4 votes
123 Hovering Sombrero 189 points, 4 votes
124 Robot Parade 188 points, 3 votes, inc. one for "rock version"
125 My Man 178 points, 2 votes
126 Hot Cha 170 points, 3 votes
127 Montana 167 points, 2 votes
128 Mr. Klaw 163 points, 2 votes
129 Welcome To The Jungle 162 points, 3 votes
130 The Day 157 points, 3 votes
131 Nixon's The One 156 points, 2 votes
132= Spider 155 points, 3 votes
132= I’m Def 155 points, 3 votes
134 Thunderbird 152 points, 2 votes
135 Mink Car 148 points, 3 votes
136= Maine 147 points, 3 votes
136= I'll Sink Manhattan 147 points, 3 votes
136= Hall Of Heads 147 points, 5 votes
139 I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die 140 points, 4 votes
140 Chess Piece Face 139 points, 3 votes
141= Sleepwalkers 137 points, 2 votes
141= Rest Awhile 137 points, 3 votes
143= You'll Miss Me 134 points, 2 votes
143= Absolutely Bill's Mood 134 points, 4 votes
145 Cyclops Rock 124 points, 5 votes
146 Finished With Lies 119 points, 3 votes
147 Bed Bed Bed 117 points, 2 votes
148 Iowa 116 points, 2 votes
149 I Am A Human Head 115 points, 2 votes
150 S-E-X-X-Y 113 points, 2 votes
151 Pennsylvania 105 points, 2 votes
152 Drink! 104 points, 2 votes
153 Window 101 points, 2 votes
154 Wicked Little Critta 100 points, 2 votes

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Monday, 29 October 2018 23:19 (one year ago) link

Highest ranker I didn't vote for is "Where Your Eyes Don't Go." Highest on my ballot that didn't place is "Montana" (my #8.)

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 29 October 2018 23:27 (one year ago) link

i considered voting for "i'm def," for some reason it really tickled me back then

wonder how many of those voting for the pastichey b-side hotel detective meant to vote for the honking o.g. great results anyway. love how many votes some of these deep deep cuts got.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Monday, 29 October 2018 23:37 (one year ago) link

thunderbird, out of jail, sapphire bullets and i'll sink manhattan were ROBBED tho

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Monday, 29 October 2018 23:39 (one year ago) link

xpost: there's only one voter who could have done so accidentally - three of us voted for both, and two specified Back To Skull to be extra clear. wait that means that MORE people (six) voted for the sequel song! look, I'm very hungover today.

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Monday, 29 October 2018 23:48 (one year ago) link

Highest ranker I didn't vote for is "Don't Let's Start."

Highest on my ballot that didn't place in the top 77 is "I Am Not Your Broom" (my #6).

Highest on my ballot that didn't place in the top 154 is "The House at the Top of the Tree" (my #27).

Further details when we post our full ballots, I guess.

SlimAndSlam, Monday, 29 October 2018 23:57 (one year ago) link

Raise your hand if, like me, you voted for "Walk on Water."

It's okay, I can wait.

SlimAndSlam, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:00 (one year ago) link

I don't think "(She Was a) Hotel Detective" is very good, probably my least favorite song on the album. baffling to me that they made it a single

I am so happy that "We Want a Rock" made the top 10, thought it might miss the list. I don't know why but the lyrics have probably stuck with me more than any other TMBG song. Great poll everyone

Vinnie, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:08 (one year ago) link

I was one of the 2 votes for “Thunderbird”. I had it at #11

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:20 (one year ago) link

Has anyone listened to The World's Address podcast? They don't particularly like the drum machine years albums and one of them has only bothered to listen to Flood all the way through for the purpose of that week's episode. A good listen if you want to drive yourself insane
http://theworldsaddress.com/

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:29 (one year ago) link

Highest ranker I didn't vote for: "Birdhouse in Your Soul"

Highest on my ballot that didn't place in the top 77: "Space Suit", "I Can Hear You", "Counterfeit Fake", "The Day", "Rabid Child" (all in my top 20, IIRC)

Thanks for putting it together, sic!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:37 (one year ago) link

yes, bravo! good times all around and, i think, a very fine turnout with fascinating but not suspect results. has also led to me listening to, and thinking about, Them for a really sustained period. am now convinced john linnell is one of the great unheralded songwriters of the late 20th century. hell of a portfolio.

my god that podcast sounds insane. bizarro world. might give it a try just as a window into their contemporary fandom (?). i guess it's cool that they have enough life as a band that people could be getting into them thru the new stuff (or from growing up on the kids' albums?) and still be just now getting around to the stuff that actually made their place in musical history.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:43 (one year ago) link

Wow, "Ana Ng" is really good.

jmm, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:45 (one year ago) link

Why is it called "The World's Address" if they don't dig the early records?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:09 (one year ago) link

I didn't vote, but Thermostat would have been near the top of any ballot I submitted, surprised that it's so low

Idaho as well, which I don't see at all

soref, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:15 (one year ago) link

"thermostat" is one like "a self called nowhere" that i know i really dug when i was first getting into the band and which for whatever reason doesn't speak to me as much now. maybe it's the chorus, "turn it up turn it down" gets a little old or something.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:19 (one year ago) link

It reminds me of Smooth by Santana and Rob Thomas. Maybe it’s just me

The song that was robbed was “Now that I Have Everything”. Though I believe it’s only available as a bonus track on Then so it’s understandable.

frogbs, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:31 (one year ago) link

great little zippy keyboard part on that.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:12 (one year ago) link

the Then bonus tracks are so good

IIIN BUENOOOOS AAAAAAAAIIREEEEEES

5th Ward Weeaboo (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:18 (one year ago) link

i seriously thought about voting for "Untitled." I took off the intellectuals, I put on There May Be Giants.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:30 (one year ago) link

It was my #39 and I was shocked it didn't place. Wait, it wasn't even in the top 154? NONSENSE!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:40 (one year ago) link

Best part of Untitled is how she always says the band name wrong, but in three different ways

Vinnie, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:53 (one year ago) link

Hope That I Get Old is on the list twice. I think it's got enough points to crack the top 77, as well it should!

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 05:17 (one year ago) link

I'm one of those who voted for Back to Skull "Hotel Detective" but not the original.

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 05:20 (one year ago) link

I'm not the only one who voted for "I am not your Broom" haha!

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 05:20 (one year ago) link

I thought for sure I would be the lone vote for O Do Not Foresake Me, but it got 6 votes!

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 05:27 (one year ago) link

dammit2. It’s a wonder I fixed any of the spelling and punctuation variances once I’d finished AA’s ballot, where every entry was a play on the title or a lyrical quote or a joke

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 05:50 (one year ago) link

Then bonus tracks prove TMBG were always spiritually closer to The Residents than Weird Al and those porky Canadians

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:56 (one year ago) link

that World's Address podcast linked above ... is that hosted by someone here (or a friend of someone here)?

alpine static, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:32 (one year ago) link

I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die is 65a, and if any more correspondence is entered on the matter, I'll submit a new ballot as a sock puppet and retabulate the entire list.

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 16:59 (one year ago) link

They should have a comp of just weird one-offs, no hits, called "I Took Off The Intellectuals: The Best of There May Be Giants"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 17:08 (one year ago) link

Forgot to say -- thanks so much for running this, sic, it has been great to spend a few weeks immersed in this great music with all you guys!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 19:31 (one year ago) link

Cheers, all!

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 20:16 (one year ago) link

indeed...its been really fun to read the discussion here (especially from you Doc Casino) and I'm glad so many people here appreciate this group

frogbs, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 20:17 (one year ago) link

i am still trying to process Doc Casino's objections to the Longines Symphonette mention in "Birdhouse" but will have to take it up with him when next we meet.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 20:42 (one year ago) link

Yes, the many 3+am nights I put in doing pointless prep for this piddly poll were justified in giving Doc Casino an excuse to post this week.

than Weird Al and those porky Canadians

...Corky & the Juice Pigs?

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 20:44 (one year ago) link

Barenaked Ladies I Think

frogbs, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 20:46 (one year ago) link

objections to the Longines Symphonette mention

things you were completely reasonably old when you learned

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 20:46 (one year ago) link

sic's poll, and the ballots massive, far outstrip any of my dumb rambling posts! assuming y'all aren't being facetious. great thread imo.

"longines" line just seems idk out of character for the night light and the song, like it's this super obscure reference to provide a rhyme to "my story's infinite" and a setup to "it doesn't rest," neither of which realllly tells us much more about the character or the situation. like it just feels closer to try-hard clever kid territory, for me anyway.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:36 (one year ago) link

What's kind of amazing about TMBG is how seldom they fall into try-hard clever kid territory, given what they're trying to do.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 02:17 (one year ago) link

otm

the dutiful and the banned (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 02:22 (one year ago) link

definitely.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 02:34 (one year ago) link

Hey (sic), give us the full list when you get a chance!

Hideous Lump, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 02:48 (one year ago) link

nah, it's all 1-vote and 2-vote songs from there, except Birds Fly with three votes and 92 points

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:32 (one year ago) link


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