New York Post-Punk Underground Pioneers turned children’s song pied pipers TMBG debut OMNICORN!
omnicorn. like no other creature ever born
on its head is every manner of horn
the omnicorn’s the one
In December 2014, They Might Be Giants relaunched Dial-A-Song. In the early ’80’s Dial-A-Song was a service for hardcore TMBG fans where you called John Flansburgh’s land line in his Brooklyn apartment to hear low-fi TMBG recordings from an old answering machine (remember answering machines?) The songs were changed on a daily basis and were a mixed bag of experimental tunes & short covers.
The band kept Dial-A-Song going from 1983 to 2006, when it was finally disconnected. Now Dial-A-Song’s home is the internet with the ambitious goal of releasing one new song a week (tuesdays) through 2015. Several tracks appeared on their latest album Gleen. The OMNICORN video directed by Paul Sahre with Cinematography by Conrad Golovac is Dial-A-Song Week 32 in this awesomely fun and entertaining series!
With a New York post-punk avant garde aesthetic, arcane sensibilities, infectious melodies and a sly sense of humor, They Might Be Giants longevity as an alternative rock success story is legendary. They’ve continuously toured, recorded and fearlessly reinvented themselves over decades.
TMBG Discography is a staple of my kids musical diet (as I’m sure other Ex-Brooklynite hipster parents can attest). If you look closely in the OMNICORN video you can see my cherubs frolicking with other neighborhood kids amongst the torrent of Silly String backed by this awesomely retro & catchy little ditty!
cover art~ They Might Be Giants
interior art~ Paul Sahre/Conrad Golovac