Well, Wednesday we saw They Might Be Giants at the 9:30 Club. Good times. I found a setlist from setlist.com, a good site that meets a definite demand.
I was saddened that I didn’t know most of the songs. I had just spent the past few weeks learning the Spine album really well, and was hoping they would play a lot of songs off of it. They only played 2.
Instead they played what they claimed to be a lot of very old songs, “songs so old even we forgot how to play them”. Man, the one time I know more newer material than older material, the band has to go play older material. Meanwhile, I go to see all these other shows looking to hear their earlier songs that I love, and they always play stuff from the newest album(s) instead! (Particularly guilty: Sisters Of Mercy, and, at times, Type O Negative, and most other bands too, those are just the ones that pop into my head at the moment.)
- Why Did You Grow a Beard,
- Damn Good Times,
- Careful What You Pack,
- Everything Right Is Wrong Again,
- Number Three,
- New Song #1,
- Malcolm In The Middle Theme (Boss Of Me) (full),
I was VERY happy they played this, I had just “requested” it in Carolyn’s ear about two minutes before they played it, joking that they would never actually playthis live. Sometimes I just love being wrong.
- Nothing’s Gonna Change My Clothes,
- Experimental Film, (also very happy to hear!)
- We’re The Replacements,
- New Song #2,
- We Want a Rock,
- We Live In a Dump,
- New York City,
- Rhythm Section Want Ad,
- Birdhouse In Your Soul,
finally a song I knew again, after 11 that I didn’t!
- Cyclops Rock,
- Fingertips (complete),
In many ways, I have to say this is the highlight of the show. “Mysteeerrrrrrrrious whisper.” I never thought they would play all 26 ‘Fingertips’ live either. Short attention-span theatre at its best!
- Purple Toupee, (yay)
- Encore 1: Alphabet Of Nations,
- Asbury Park,
- Doctor Worm,
Dr. Worm was awesome to hear, and they had these cannons that shot out confetti right during the climax note of Dr. Worm. It worked out really well, they lasted in the air surprisingly long — several minutes, and we snagged a couple pieces as souveniers
- Encore 2: Istanbul (Not Constantinople).
One of the best covers :)
I never realized the two-singer-ness of the band until I saw them live. They switch off a lot, though I definitely think the main singer (the one who plays keyboards) is the one whose voice sounds more like what I imagine TMBG sounding like. I definitely like him better.
I should also add Carolyn looked extremely hot that night.