August 14, 2022

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The transition from Eighties new wave and hair rock to Nineties far much less follically-minded indie pop wasn’t at all times a clean one. However enigmatic, idiosyncratic, and incessantly non-grammatical duo They Would possibly Be Giants made all of it go down really easy with immediately catchy hooks and incessantly hilarious lyrics.

The band’s tongue-in-cheek non-sequiturs and unconventional instrumentation masked a knack for writing songs that made us hum the primary time we heard them. Nowhere is that extra evident than of their main label breakout hit “Birdhouse in Your Soul” from their 1990 album Flood, which is probably going the primary — and solely — music ever sung from the POV of a nightlight. Sure, you learn that proper: The lyrics are from the attitude of a blue evening gentle formed like a canary — one thing that solely co-Giants John Linnell and John Flansburgh might pull off.

On this twelfth episode of The Story Behind the Track, host Peter Csathy interviews Linnell about how his thoughts discovered its method to concoct the addictive “Birdhouse in Your Soul.” As at all times on this podcast, Peter’s visitor additionally discusses their private selection for our journey right into a second music; on this case Linnell selects the band’s latest surreal, sobering music “If Day For Winnipeg,” from their 2021 album BOOK. He tells Peter that this music has particular resonance for him and for these instances, for causes that turn out to be apparent when you crack the band’s trademark lyrical cryptography.

Linnell spoke with Peter from his flat in Brooklyn as he prepped for They Would possibly Be Giants’ forthcoming fortieth anniversary tour (snag tickets right here). Hearken to the podcast above or take a look at the total video of the dialogue under.

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