They Might Be Giants turns 30; catch them Feb. 7 at Ritz Ybor
They Might Be Giants -- the duo also known sometimes as the Two Johns -- turned 30 years old this month. Seems like just yesterday they were singing about putting hands inside the puppet head and purple toupees.
John Flansburgh and John Linnell originally met as teens in Lincoln, Mass., where they went to school together for a few years before parting ways for college. They'd reunite in 1981 when they moved into the same apartment building (on the same day) in Brooklyn. They formed the band -- the name comes from the 1971 George C. Scott movie -- the following year.
They celebrated the big anniversary with a special gig in Los Angeles and they appeared on Conan to sing one of their all-time classics, Ana Ng, which features some incredibly clever lyrics. ("Make a hole with a gun perpendicular / To the name of this town in a desk-top globe / Exit wound in a foreign nation / Showing the home of the one this was written for.")
Click here to watch their performance, or if you're in Tampa Bay, just pony up the coin and catch them live Feb. 7 at the Ritz Ybor.
And if you've forgotten about their majestic presence, click here to listen to our interview with the band from a few years ago.