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They Might Be Giants adds Tampa to latest tour



As much as we all love the '80s, there's only a handful of bands we yearn to see over and over again. On my own short list: Jonathan Richman, the now disbanded Oingo Boingo and a little fierce duo called They Might Be Giants.

I'm in luck again as TMBG is headed to Florida on their latest tour. They Might Be Giants plays Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Friday, Feb. 26. (They're also stopping in Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville.)

Although the two Johns are working a lot of "family shows" into their tours these days -- their best work is seriously their children's albums now -- the Florida shows are not aimed at the kiddies. (Though if we're lucky, maybe we'll see hear I Am a Paleontologist -- classic.)

And the Ritz Ybor is a PERFECT venue for the band. The last several times I caught them, the shows were outdoors at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg. But since that venue is being remodeled, I'm glad the Ritz opened their doors to this show. I've yet to see a bad concert at the Ritz (see my reviews for Air Supply and Psychedelic Furs).

Now I know there are a few Stuck in the '80s fans who really dislike the Giants. (And our interview with John Linnell wasn't exactly the best one we've done.) To each his own. God knows I'll never voluntarily sit through another Bon Jovi show. But if you're still sitting there saying "They Might Be Who???" ... here are five songs that should help you make up your mind.


5. DON'T LET'S START (1986): "The words I'm singing now mean nothing more than meow to an animal." [Video]

4. PURPLE TOUPEE (1988): "Now I'm very big, I'm a big important man. And the only thing that's different is underneath my hat." [Video]

3. PUT YOUR HAND INSIDE THE PUPPET HAND (1986): "Yes it's sad to say you will romanticize all the things you've known before." [Video]

2. SHE'S AN ANGEL (1986): "Somewhere they're meeting on a pinhead, calling you an angel, calling you the nicest things." [Live performance]

1. ANA NG (1988): "Ana Ng and I are getting old. And we still haven't walked in the glow of each other's majestic presence." [Video]

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:55pm]


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