They Might Be Giants (TMBG), the guys who composed and performed the best song in the category, “Pop Music Honoring The Life And Accomplishments Of James K. Polk,” who parodied the line in “Hair” by celebrating “the spawning of the cage & aquarium,” and who are responsible for the theme song of “Malcolm In The Middle,” (You’re Not) The Boss Of Me, turn out to be a fount of wisdom.
Consider these quotes:
We’ve done a lot of research on the ABCs and we’re ready to share that information with 3-year-olds everywhere. [Response to query about their album of children’s songs]
To paraphrase a quote that was given to the Grateful Dead, we’re not the best at what we do, but we’re the only ones who do it.
Our songs remind you of songs you’ve never heard. (John Linnell)
The thing to bear in mind is when in a song we say “I killed my parents,” we’re not actually confessing to something in the song.
I respect God, but I don’t believe in him. (John Linnell)
This next song sort of dwells on a universal theme; it’s about falling in love, falling out of love, then finding that person and killing them. (John Flansburgh)
If rocking means having a tattoo on your face and being a sexist pig then we’re definitely afraid to rock! But there are different shades of rock, I think. (John Linnell)