56042 Best of the Early Years
Produced by Bill Krauss
Released on November 29, 1999
no chart information
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56042 cover
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T he Bearded Lady of the rock & roll circus shaved to ten tracks. Of course, all BMG Special Products releases have ten tracks. Always. Apparently, somebody is scared to death of the number eleven. (Insert your conspiracy theory here.) I would tell you not to buy any of the product they release into the market, but if I truly believed that we wouldn’t be here. And we are. But we’d so much rather be talking about any other TMBG release than this. Like their first album, which featured 19 tracks. Or Lincoln, which logged in 18. Instead, I bought this disc because of the first two tracks: “Don’t Let’s Start” and “Ana Ng.” Great songs, and I was certain that more great discoveries awaited me on the back eight. Wrong. Just the ever-wonderful “Put Your Hand Inside The Puppethead,” the sometimes wonderful “We’re The Replacements” and that weird instrumental section in “Cowtown” that sounds like a carnival slaughterhouse. (Goodbye, Seven Dollars, I hope you find someone who treats you better.) Hearing those bits requires fast-forwarding through some pretty annoying stuff: “(She Was A) Hotel Detective,” “Youth Culture Killed My Dog.” I guess there’s just no getting around the band’s quantity-over-quality mentality, even on a ten-track compilation. And in keeping with the BMG tradition (“We put the P in CRAP”), there are no liner notes, the sound quality isn’t particularly good, and the cover is borrowed from earlier artwork (the “Don’t Let’s Start” single).

TRACK LISTING

  1. DON'T LET'S START
  2. ANA NG
  3. YOUTH CULTURE KILLED MY DOG
  4. WE'RE THE REPLACEMENTS
  5. PUT YOUR HAND INSIDE THE PUPPETHEAD
  6. PURPLE TOUPEE
  7. (SHE WAS A) HOTEL DETECTIVE
  8. EVERYTHING RIGHT IS WRONG AGAIN
  9. COWTOWN
  10. HIDE AWAY FOLK FAMILY

    All songs written by They Might Be Giants

CREDITS

JOHN FLANSBURGH -- guitar & vocals
JOHN LINNELL -- keyboards, accordion, baritone sax & vocals
Mark Mazut -- snowman

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US November 29, 1999 BMG Special Products CD 56042  

 

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