Holidayland

Holidayland

by They Might Be Giants
     
 

They Might Be Giants spread some wintertime joy and cheer on Holidayland, a five-song stocking stuffer of smile-inducing, toe-tapping seasonal pop. The set begins with a rockin' new version of the Sonics’ garage-band classic "Santa Claus," dressed up with a rubbery bass-line, swinging saxophone, and buzzing power pop guitar. From TMBG’s 1988 album See more details below

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They Might Be Giants spread some wintertime joy and cheer on Holidayland, a five-song stocking stuffer of smile-inducing, toe-tapping seasonal pop. The set begins with a rockin' new version of the Sonics’ garage-band classic "Santa Claus," dressed up with a rubbery bass-line, swinging saxophone, and buzzing power pop guitar. From TMBG’s 1988 album Lincoln comes the quirky tale of jealousy, "Santa’s Beard." "Feast of Lights," which wryly rhymes "harmonica" with "Hanukkah," and "Careless Santa" are borrowed from the John Flansburgh side-project, Mono Puff. Capped with a comparatively sincere version of "O Tannenbaum" sung in German, Holidayland is a festive little gift from They Might Be Giants to their humor-loving fans.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Hot on the heels of their Mink Car album and their success with the Malcolm in the Middle theme comes They Might Be Giants' Holidayland EP, which collects the holiday-themed songs that John Linell and John Flansburgh have recorded over the years. Longtime TMBG fans will recognize "Santa's Beard" from Lincoln or Then: The Earlier Years, and the song's quirky-yet-rockin' sound captures the appeal of the group's late-'80s/early-'90s work perfectly. The sweetly spare toy piano and drum machine-based "Feast of Lights" originally appeared on the Chanukah compilation Festival of Light, Vol. 2, while "Careless Santa" comes from Unsupervised, the debut album from Flansburgh's side project Mono Puff. The group's version of "O Tannenbaum" -- sung in German, natch -- also achieves the blend of braininess and warm fuzzies of TMBG's best work. Unfortunately, the EP's newest track, a cover of the Sonics' "Santa Claus," is also the most unremarkable, but overall Holidayland will please the They Might Be Giants fans who don't already own these fun, festive songs.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
Label:
Restless Records
UPC:
0018777375627
catalogNumber:
73756

Tracks

  1. Santa Claus
  2. Santa's Beard
  3. Feast Of Lights
  4. Careless Santa
  5. O Tannenbaum

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