John Henry

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Just in case you thought that the only thing they were capable of was smart-aleck herky-jerk novelty tunes, on John Henry John Flansburgh and John Linnell put together an honest-to-goodness rock band and show that they know how to use it. And the result is one of the more satisfying They Might Be Giants projects, a crunchy yet sweet assortment of the usual bemusement "Unrelated Thing", weirdness "Spy", and smart-aleck herky-jerk novelty tunes "Meet James Ensor," "Extra Savoir Faire" bolstered by unusually hard-rocking accompaniment. Kudos to bass player and Pere Ubu alumnus Tony Maimone and to drummer Brian Doherty for coming up with the tectonic groove that powers "AKA ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Just in case you thought that the only thing they were capable of was smart-aleck herky-jerk novelty tunes, on John Henry John Flansburgh and John Linnell put together an honest-to-goodness rock band and show that they know how to use it. And the result is one of the more satisfying They Might Be Giants projects, a crunchy yet sweet assortment of the usual bemusement "Unrelated Thing", weirdness "Spy", and smart-aleck herky-jerk novelty tunes "Meet James Ensor," "Extra Savoir Faire" bolstered by unusually hard-rocking accompaniment. Kudos to bass player and Pere Ubu alumnus Tony Maimone and to drummer Brian Doherty for coming up with the tectonic groove that powers "AKA Driver" and to everyone involved for the irresistible guitar pop of "Subliminal" and "I Should Be Allowed to Think."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/1994
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596165440
  • Catalog Number: 61654

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Subliminal (2:45)
  2. 2 Snail Shell (3:20)
  3. 3 Sleeping in the Flowers (4:30)
  4. 4 Unrelated Thing (2:30)
  5. 5 AKA Driver (3:14)
  6. 6 I Should Be Allowed to Think (3:09)
  7. 7 Extra Savoir-Faire (2:48)
  8. 8 Why Must I Be Sad? (4:08)
  9. 9 Spy (3:06)
  10. 10 O Do Not Forsake Me (2:30)
  11. 11 No One Knows My Plan (2:37)
  12. 12 Dirt Bike (3:05)
  13. 13 Destination Moon (2:27)
  14. 14 A Self Called Nowhere (3:22)
  15. 15 Meet James Ensor (1:33)
  16. 16 Thermostat (3:11)
  17. 17 Window (1:00)
  18. 18 Out of Jail (2:38)
  19. 19 Stomp Box (1:55)
  20. 20 The End of the Tour (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
They Might Be Giants Primary Artist
Robert Quine Guitar
Brian Doherty Drums
Peter Becker Brass Baritone
John Flansburgh Guitar, Vocals
Kurt Hoffman Horn
John Linnell Horn, Keyboards, Vocals
Frank London Trumpet
Graham Maby Bass
Tony Maimone Bass
Kevin Osborne Trombone
Wilbur Pauley Bass
Jay Sherman-Godfrey Guitar
Hugo Munday Baritone
Steven Bernstein Trumpet
Mark Bleeke Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
They Might Be Giants Producer
Danny Alonso Engineer
John Flansburgh Composer
Paul Fox Producer
Hiro Ishihara Engineer
Rich Lamb Engineer
John Linnell Composer
Frank London Arranger
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Wilbur Pauley Arranger
Ed Thacker Engineer
Chris Laidlaw Engineer
Jamie Lincoln Kitman Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some truly amazing songs, some mediocre songs

    John Henry is at first glance just another one of TMBG's albums, having nothing too special to set it apart from the rest. If you take a while to look at it, you will, however, find that it is their deepest and most affecting album. Many of the songs are among the group's best (Unrelated Thing, I Should Be Allowed to Think,A Self Called Nowhere,and of course The End of the Tour) and touch me in a way They Might Be Giants tends not to do (though I of course love all of their stuff) and really impress me. However, the frustrating thing about John Henry is that the rest of the album is populated with B-level, but still quite enjoyable, songs that leave no impact and, the real disappointment, a few more mediocre or poor songs than I'd like or than are on the group's other albums. I recommend this album as highly as any of They Might Be Giant's others, if only for the five or so truly amazing songs and if you simply skip over the handful of poorer-quality songs, you are still left with plenty of enjoyable material. Just don't make this your first They Might Be Giants purchase.

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