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Dial-a-Song: 20 Years of Best of

4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00006IZOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Birdhouse in your soul
2. Ana ng
3. Don't let's start
4. Boss of me
5. Older
6. Istanbul (not Constantinople)
7. Dr Worm
8. Guitar
9. Dr Evil (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)
10. New York City
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. She's an angel
2. How can I sing like a girl
3. James K Polk
4. Meet James Ensor
5. Mammal
6. Pet name
7. No
8. I can hear you
9. Spider
10. I should be allowed to think
See all 27 tracks on this disc

Product Description

The first collection to span the entire indie and major-label career of these beloved post-punk smart alecks! Signature songs like Don't Let Start; Ana Ng; Birdhouse in Your Soul; Istanbul (Not Constantinople) , and Doctor Worm join unissued live versions of She's Actual Size; Spy , and Stormy Pinkness; Boss of Me (from Malcolm in the Middle); Dr. Evil (from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me ), and more. 52 Giants gems on 2 CDs!

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In 1999 the band released _Severe Tire Damage_, a disappointing 'live' album that attempted to act as a career retrospective. It did feature many of their best-known songs, but in relatively subpar renditions. This 2-disc anthology is very welcome. It's got ALL of their singles, in the original studio incarnations, plus a good number of classic album tracks ...even a few rarities. Well-sequenced and remastered, too.
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Wow! I kind of expected these to be "Answering Machine"-quality recordings, but they are almost all identical to the recordings on the other albums (when applicable). This is mostly a "Best Of" compilation with a few goodies here and there for the most devout TMBG afficionados out there. Most of those require several listens to appreciate or perhaps one listen to forever decide to skip the tracks.
One interesting thing is that "Fingertips" is included as a single track. Those of you with Apollo 18 on CD know that it was separated into several distinct portions. This was because John and John intended it to be played in random order (or perhaps even in a choose-your-own kind of sequence). It's a neat idea, but I don't know that it ever worked all that well.
All in all, I think this collection deserves 5 stars. It's an amazing collection of a lot of the songs that really make me love TMBG, and it's ALMOST a "Then & Now" counterpart to their previous compilation, "Then." I only wish they had included the version of "Sensurround" found ONLY on the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers soundtrack.
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I am a big fan of They Might Be Giants, it's just sad that I hadn't discoved them sooner. I am 16, and started liking them when I was 15. Well, last Christmas when I received this gift I was very happy, but I wasn't expecting it.(Being I didn't ask for it) Well, I had about all their CD's (with the exception of No! and Misalanious T) so I thought I didn't need this, but I got it anyway. So, I put it in and I was very relieved. No, it doesn't have brand new songs, or demos, or unrealesed tracks, or all the best, but it manages to bring out a lot of older songs and make them work on this 2-disk set. (52 songs!!) Yes, there are songs I wish had been put on here, but there are also songs on here that I didn't have. "Boss of Me," from Malcolm in the Middle, "Dr. Evil," from the Spy Who Shagged Me (I love that song), "Hey Mr. DJ I thought you said we had a deal." A lot of great songs are on this album. If you want to start with TMBG, I suggust to get this or an earliar selection. All in all, this Anthology succeeds as an Anthology.
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If you are new to TMBG and have any interest in their sound at all, you shouldn't be disappointed by this compilation, as it is all great music. You are however, being seriously short-changed on just how enjoyable their music can be, since a lot of their best work is not included here and a lot of their more mediocre output unfortunately is.
The band put it together themselves, so as can be expected, they used it as an opportunity to shed more light on their more "underappreciated" work - for instance, their weakest-selling and most fan/critic-slagged album, Factory Showroom, is one of the most largely represented here, moreso than much more loved and acclaimed records like Lincoln, Apollo 18 and John Henry. Factory Showroom may not have been as bad as some reviews made it out to be, but it certainly shouldn't have been relied upon so much for a 'best of' compilation; but it's even more disturbing that in including over half of that record on this anhtology, they STILL left off what are widely considered to be it's two finest songs: "Spiraling Shape" and "The Bells are Ringing". When they do tap into their more rewarding work, like their 1988 LP Lincoln, they still overlook obvious gems like "Where Your Eyes Don't Go" and "Kiss Me, Son of God". And why are "Cowtown" and "Purple Toupee" jammed all the way into the back of the second disc while "Pet Name" and "Dr. Evil" enjoy front row seats? Whats the point of including the "Fingertips" song-fragment-medly as a single track and near the front of the second disc (it was designed to make shuffle mode more interesting and in it's entirety, has a tendency to annoy the hell out of most people). Their recent childrens album NO!
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This is the They Might Be Giants compilation I've been waiting at least three years for, ever since a local (and short-lived) free-form radio station exposed me to a number of their best songs ("Birdhouse in Your Soul," "Don't Let's Start," "The Guitar," "Istanbul," "Particle Man"). All of these songs are here on the lavish, 2-CD anthology Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of..., as well as "Boss of Me" (the Grammy-winning theme from Malcolm in the Middle, one of my favorite shows) and "Dr. Evil" (the best thing about 1999's unfunny Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me), and 45 other highlights from the long and prolific career of these Massechusetts-born, New York-based geek rockers.
Anchored by the energetic playing and nasal, deadpan vocals of John Linnell and John Flansburgh (the subtle differences in their voices make for terrific harmonies -- think XTC or Barenaked Ladies), the exquisite pop tunes in this collection take off in all directions, musically and lyrically. My (new) favorites include "We're the Replacements" (in which the Johns portray the raging 1980's punkers as a fun-loving party band), the New Wave-y "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head," the techno satire/homage "Man, it's so Loud in Here," the sweet love songs "Bangs" and "Another First Kiss," the upbeat odes to painter James Ensor ("Dig him up and shake his hand, appreciate the man") and president James K. Polk ("Austere, severe, he held few people dear"), the dark odes to love unrequited ("Ana Ng") and love gone sour ("They'll Need a Crane"), the exuberant "Doctor Worm," and the inspired covers of "New York City" and "Why Does the Sun Shine (the Sun is a Mass of Incandescant Gas"), as well as the wry social commentary of "Your Racist Friend," "I Can Hear You" (recorded without electricity!
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